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What's on offer at Intermat?


As the world's plant manufacturers gather in Paris for Intermat on April 24-29, Construction News highlights some of the new technology on show JCB JCB (right) is promising to show new products ranging from wheeled and tracked excavators to wheeled loaders with larger cabs and greater lifting capacities. The 426 and 436 loaders offer a cab that is 50 per cent bigger than their predecessors, together with payloads increased by 12 per cent.

Stand E5 E002 MANITOU Manitou has extended the height of its rotating telehandler range with the launch of a 30 m-reach machine. The MRT 3050 uses a new pentagonal-shaped boom offering a combination of lightness and rigidity.

Stand E5 K002 INGERSOLL-RAND Ingersoll-Rand (left) is showing a new Titan road paverf inisher. The 7820 provides paving width up to 10 m, powered by a 170 kW Deutz engine and features a new version of its Electronic Paver Management system. Other features include cont rolled deposit ing of aggregate and electric screed heater.

Stand 5b B001 GRAMMER German seat specialist Grammer is choosing the French show to unveil a driver's chair aimed at cutting operator perspiration.

The Actimo Evolution seat featu res uses an activated charcoal layer and an integral fan to extract moisture and stop odours.

Grammer says: 'Never again will the driver sit at the wheel drenched in sweat.' Stand 6G 081 VOLVO Volvo is showing its new range of motor graders, the G900 series, offering seven machines from 15 tonnes to 21 tonnes.

The machines incorporate Volvo Tier III engines and two of the models are all-wheel drive for work in all terrains.

Stand 6D 071 LIEBHERR Plant giant Liebherr is showing a wide range of new equipment.

Prime among the launches is a new dozer, the PR744 Litronic (below), which has had its complete drive train redesigned, longer tracks added and the latest management system for increased performance. It is also unveiling its sixth generation of wheeled loaders, the 2plus2 range, which feature a new design, 28 per cent bigger cab and a range of safety features, including f loodlights at the front, new entry steps and ground level refuelling.

Stand E6 A050 SEARS SEATING Seat specialist Sears Seating is showing what it claims is the first vibration monitoring system, enabling drivers and their firms to keep track of whole-body vibrat ion exposure to meet EC regulations. The system, available fitted to its VMS seat range, keeps track of vibrations both horizontally and vertically and f lashes when the daily limit level has been reached.

Stand 5a F038 HITACHI Hitachi (above) is showing its new ranges featuring excavators from 25 tonnes to 35 tonnes and loaders from 18 tonnes to 23.5 tonnes. The ZW range incorporates Hitachi's Zaxis hydraulics for improved performance, along with a new Total Torque featu re, which allows manual adjustment of torque to match the type of material in the stockpile. The Zaxis-3 excavators claim to offer 10-17 per cent better productivity than the previous range or a much reduced fuel consumption.

Stand E6 D050 CASE Case (above right) is unveiling its first 70-tonne excavator, offering a similar capability to its current 80-tonner, thanks to a new Tier II engine. Alongside this will be the new range of Super R backhoes and upgraded 400 Series skidsteers.

Stand 5a J141 GENIE Access specialist Genie is launching three telehandlers at the show. The GTH-4013 has a maximum lift height of 13 m, a forward reach of 9.1 m and can lift up to 4 tonnes.

The other two models, the 4020R and the 4518R, are rotating machines with lift heights of 17.5 m and 19.6 m.

Stand E5 J040 NEW HOLLAND New Holland is showing its the E150 'Blade Runner' a short radius crawler excavator with a six-way, full-size dozer blade.

The 14-tonne machine is designed for congested sites as the blade folds at the edges to allow access to narrow areas.

Stand 5a G131 CATERPILLAR Caterpillar is expanding its AccuGrade GPS precision grading system, promising productivity improvements of 30-50 per cent by reducing the need for staking and grade checking. The new elements feature a facility for cross-slopes, an ultrasonic sensor to provide precision blade height and a target tracking device which avoids interference from nearby vehicles.

Stand 5b G031 DOOSAN DAEWOO Doosan Daewoo is showing five heavy excavators in its new DX range from 31 tonnes to 50 tonnes, featuring its own-brand Tier III engines. The manufacturer reckons that the customer will get a combination of increased component durability, longer service intervals and better fuel efficiency.

Stand 6 D091 HAULOTTE Access specialist Haulotte is launching into the backhoe market with a 9-tonne machine that offers the distinctive spec of 360 deg rotation. The MJX 900 Multijob also features a telescopic loader arm and is expected to be followed by other machines if the demand is proved. The French f irm is also showing its penchant for high platforms with the release of a 43 m working height telescopic boom and a 41 m articulated boom.

Stand E5 J002 JLG JLG is launching its smallest construction telehandler in Paris.

The Model 266 Low-Pro combines a load capacity of 2.6 tonnes with a lift height of 5.8 m, but its design ensures that the overall machine height is under 2 m.

Stand E5 E001 KOMATSU Komatsu will have the first three of its new Dash Eight excavators on display, offer ing potent ial fuel savings of around 10 per cent, due to their new Tier III engines. The machines in the 21 tonnes to 29 tonnes range also feature tracking hardware as standard and a full rollover-protected cab.

Stand 6H 060 BSP INTERNATIONAL Piling specialist BSP International is showing its biggest hammer, the 37-tonne CG300 at the show. The hammer can operate from a leader rig or crane and accommodate steel, concrete and cast in situ piles.

Stand 6H 024 BOMAG Compaction firm Bomag is unveiling the first tamper with a four-stroke engine. The Bomag 4 range offers operating weights of 62-68 kg. At the same time, the firm is showing reversible plates from 200 kg-700 kg featuring fully enclosed hoods for extreme conditions.

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