Concrete Products

JAN 2019

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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32 • January 2019 NEWS SCOPE EVENTS Planning, implementation, monitoring and optimization of con- struction projects are consequently running fully digitized, Kästner observes. Site vehicles can even be controlled and managed by various technologies. For example, special sensors register the direction of mixer truck drum revolutions and record the concrete unloading pro- cess. Digitization does not stop at height: Cranes at various locations are already run remotely from a control center so that they can carry out work without operators. ELECTROMOBILITY, DRIVERLESS VEHICLES Along with digitization measures sweeping the industry, Messe München points to alternative drives as another key construction machinery trend. In the future there will no longer be one single typical drive system but instead an increasingly wide range of com- peting systems. The world's leading manufacturers will be showcasing their developments and discussing the opportunities and challenges presented by new technology at this year's mega gathering in Munich. "Electromobility and driverless vehicles are two areas gaining traction with manufacturers and service providers in construction machinery. As such, we intend to provide these hot topics with a platform at bauma 2019. The important thing to note is that we won't only be showcasing the diverse range of possible applications of leading exhibitors' products but will also be providing a platform for discussing the aims, potential and sustainability of new technol- ogy," affirms Kästner. Producing cleaner, quieter and more efficient machinery is the future aim of electrification, according to many construc- tion machinery manufacturers. In fact, more and more companies are already upgrading smaller machines in the lower power range with electric drives; interest in hybrid vehicles likewise grows. As such, systems that can handle light work but then engage a combustion engine where maximum power is required are already under development. Solutions to enable driverless construction machinery already exist in certain areas of the mining industry and other related areas. They are particularly suitable for use in quarries as the same routes are followed from the extraction point to processing area. There are also future plans for excavators, which will be able to dig excavation pits autonomously. Although a lot of prepara- tory work has already been done, driverless machines are not yet something that can be fully accomplished or implemented due to the safety aspects involved at complex construction sites, Messe München officials note. Within the bauma Hall C2 FORUM, a "Driverless Vehicles, Electro- mobility & Electric Drives and Zero Emissions" thematic group will focus primarily on aspects regarding autonomous driving. bauma 2019 exhibitors covering both technology fronts and potentially joining the Driverless and Electromobility FORUM will include Bosch Rexroth, Doosan Bobcat, Hydac, Komatsu, Liebherr, MAN Truck, Mecalac, Perkins Engines, Siemens, Wacker Neuson and ZF. —

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