Concrete Products

JUN 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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34 • June 2019 www.concreteproducts.com FEATURE BY RICK YELTON bauma 2019 was a week-long carnival of equipment, experiences, and innovations. More than 620,000 visitors from 200-plus countries trekked the 150 acres that comprise the world's leading trade fair for construction or building material machinery, equipment and vehicles. According to organizer Messe München, this edition generated the best results in the exhibition's 65-year history. While enjoying the hoopla, beer, and pretzels, attendees of the triennial event in Munich had a more serious purpose. They were on the hunt to discover the newest technology and equipment updates. bauma 2019 focused on the European construction market. But North American contractors and producers benefit as many manufacturers quickly introduce their innovations globally. And there was a lot of innovation on display. WHAT'S TRENDING The unveiling of new technology began in January 2019. Organizers announced the nominees of the international bauma Innovation Award. The competition, in its 12th iteration, is a joint initiative between bauma and several German trade associations. The nominees were pri- marily from bauma's heavy equipment and civil construction exhibitors, but two winners offer a view of future methods and practice. In the product category, Max Bögl Stiftung & Co. KG, a large German contractor who self-performs projects using precast ele- ments, was recognized for its Hybrid Towers concept, with a mobile production plant to cast and finish windmill segments for electric generation. The concept includes a concrete plant, water treatment system and modern concrete milling system. A second award in the research category was presented to University of Munich for its efforts to introduce sensors and monitors into the entire construction pro- cess. (To review the entire list of nominees and winners, visit www. bauma-innovationspreis.de/en/winners/nominees-2019.html.) The bauma Innovation Award program, plus the forums and pre- sentations at the show, provide insights on the trends affecting our industry. Four trends will affect North American concrete production. They are electrification; the use of data to increase construction pro- ductivity and digitalization; incorporation of artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data into the construction process; and, new precast processes focused on residential construction. BATTERIES RULE The global interest to reduce carbon emissions is affecting how con- struction equipment is powered. European equipment manufacturers are looking for mechanical solutions that reduce fossil fuel usage. Electronification, the conversion of a machine to use electrical power, is moving beyond hybridization of power trains. Several major equip- ment manufacturers unveiled production model that rely entirely on electric power. Contractor and producer interest in equipment that generates zero emissions has been fueled by the increase of urban regulations. The Wacker Neuson Group unveiled the DW15e electrically operated wheel dumper and two completely electric mini-excavators that provide alternatives to conventional diesel-powered machines when working in areas sensitive to sound and emissions. At a press conference, Wacker Sales Director Alexander Greschner said that contractors can An Industry Celebration Glimpsing the future of concrete production The 2019 edition set a new attendance watermark for the bauma trade fair. PHOTOS: Rick Yelton

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