Open house Gaïa 2019 !
Bauma 2019 in Munich: focus on the latest TP machines !
Codimatra had the chance to spend a few days at the Bauma 2019 exhibition in Munich ! A look back at the latest models presented by construction machinery manufacturers !
An international trade fair for machines and equipment, but not only !
Bauma is above all a trade fair that has proven itself as a reference among construction machinery manufacturers. Leading manufacturers such as Caterpillar, Liebherr and Volvo are not missing this event, which has become essential to present their latest innovative machines. It is the show where exhibitors and professionals from the public works sector from all over the world meet, as well as truck manufacturers. For machine enthusiasts (mining, construction...) it is a paradise. The manufacturers of spare parts and equipment are also present, for example Bridgestone and its tires. For your information, the 2016 Munich Motor Show, which took place over 7 days, welcomed more than 580000 visitors from 200 countries and 3423 exhibitors of construction materials and tools! Building on its success, there is also a Bauma exhibition in China in 2020 !
More than 65 years of trade fairs for construction machinery manufacturers.
The first edition of this mythical forum, the Bauma, was held in 1954. From modest beginnings, but the Bauma is now in its 32nd edition and continues to grow. It's a real fair for the latest excavators and loaders. Generally around the beginning of April, this exhibition takes place every 3 years in Munich, followed the following year by Bauma China. Other sectors besides public works are also present, such as construction and mining (e. g. Bauer cable shovels) and nacelle manufacturers such as Versalift. Finally, the machines may also be of interest to the agricultural sector, although historically, the machines presented have been designed for construction sites. Construction machinery manufacturers are fighting to be as visible as possible, Wacker Neuson marks a big blow with this wheel in the brand's W colours. We will also remember Caterpillar's huge 13,000 square metre stand with its D11T, 966K and 992K wheel loaders and 390F excavator. Innovations include compact electric excavators, Doosan excavators controlled remotely with 5G and ever more efficient quarry machines.The parts manufacturers were also present, Astrak marked us with its anti-twisting rubber track and anti-vibration links. This track wears much less quickly and is more resistant than standard rubber tracks.
Case's Tetra project : a methane loader and airless wheels !
Case was able to arouse envy with its magnificent loader Case called the Tetra Project ! The brand presented a methane-fuelled wheel loader. To mark the event, this luxury loader was covered with a sheet to arouse curiosity. As soon as it was revealed, visitors to the fair were able to admire the modern aesthetics of this Case. The American brand assures that the engine of this methane-powered model is no match for an equivalent diesel-powered model. Case proves with this model that it cares about the environmental impact of its machines with this alternative fuel. But the wheel loader also benefits from other innovations such as the touch screen and voice commands. Security is also improved through improved obstacle detection and biometric sensors. Not to mention the futuristic shape of Michelin wheels (which seem to have been born from the Michelin Vision concept), in fact, thanks to their partnership, the tire loader should rather be called a wheel loader! This case is equipped with wheels without rims and air. These tires, which become wheels, printed using a 3D printer, have many advantages: they reduce jolts and are reputed to be indestructible. They are also designed using recycled aluminum, wood chips and electronic components in an environmentally friendly way. These tires should reduce the impact on loaders when they drive over obstacles. This way, much less of the contents of the loader bucket are lost. However, the Case logo in letters on the back, unchanged for years, stands out from such a modern machine.
A 4x4 truck by Bell, the B45E !
Bell had already made a name for itself in the field of articulated four-wheel drive trucks with its Bell B30E 4x4. A larger 4x4 tonnage will allow this truck to be used for mining and construction applications. This model will benefit from the latest innovations that have become essential, such as load cells for weighing or tilting the 25 cubic metre bucket. This model benefits from a six-cylinder Mercedes Benz engine, which is efficient and consumes less fuel.
Caterpillar rewrites the rules with its machines !
Caterpillar's giant stand demonstrated the performance of its latest machines: the American brand showcased both its heavy-duty machines and its more compact machines such as the 906 zero emission machine that runs on a lithium-ion battery. In total, more than sixty machines with about twenty new products were present on the CAT stand. Note the superb 988K XE hybrid loader with electric/diesel drive for even greater energy efficiency. The trucks are not in decline at the American giant, the 730 has been modernized and benefits from stabilization technology. Finally, the brand continues to make its mark in mining machines with the presence of their latest R1700 loader capable of lifting payloads of 15 tonnes.
980 sme of Liebherr, one of the most imposing !
The latest version of this excavator designed for the quarry was present, even more imposing with the addition of walkways and a huge counterweight to stabilize it. It is part of the tracked excavator club which exceeds 100 tonnes. Equipped with adapted equipment, it has one of the highest penetration and digging forces in the world for a quarry excavator.
Volvo R100E: the rigid dump truck for mining and quarrying
The selfie spot in front of the R100E from Volvo Construction Equipment allowed Volvo truck fans to take a picture of themselves in front of the latest version of this imposing mining truck with a 60 cubic metre V-shaped bucket. It benefits from an electronic integration between the engine and the gearbox to improve the flexibility of the gearshift. The two-seater cabin also looks very comfortable. This rigid dumper is ready to prove its robustness and productivity on the quarries. With 50 machines on two stands, Volvo showcased its excavators and electric machines. Volvo wants to offer compact electric chargers and excavators from 2020. We also had demonstrations of their excavators and other equipment on the outdoor stand such as the EWR150E.
The increase in urban excavators and compact machines compared to increasingly heavy machines
After 3 days at the Bauma, it turns out that there is a real challenge to be present on the more compact machine. With the compact Liebherr A913 and its boom on the slewing ring and stabs of a size adapted to the machine to make it easier to work in narrow environments, the 4 steering wheels allow much tighter manoeuvres. The result of this Bauma is the opposition of two extremes with compact machines that are increasingly adapted to the urban works market and that are opposed to machines for quarries and ever larger mines.
Towards more electric and environmentally friendly machines
Another observation that emerges from this fair is that manufacturers such as Wacker Neuson, CAT, Volvo... are increasingly turning to electric and alternative fuels. And even without switching directly to hybrid or electric, there is real progress on engines to reduce pollution and improve fuel efficiency. With the new standards, brands have clearly understood that ecological impact is an important axis of communication. Mecalac will be retained with a fully electric excavator capable of operating for 8 hours with a 6-hour charging time, this model is called E12, it benefits from two electric motors and an articulated chassis.
It was a pleasure to meet and exchange with public works professionals. The Bauma is a real event for enthusiasts of machines and machines of all kinds. We hope that the next editions will be as grandiose and rich in new features as this year !