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Equipment Ticker February 2023

Caterpillar to show more than 30 machines at ConExpo

Caterpillar will show off more than 30 machines at ConExpo in Las Vegas, US, in what it claims is its largest exhibit to date. The OEM has taken a 70,000 sq ft demonstration area for the show, which runs from 14-18 March, at the Operator Stadium in the Festival Lot.

Caterpillar is expected to unveil new models as well as battery-powered prototypes with charging stations. It will also offer two main equipment demonstrations each day, with one focused on the latest Cat technology and the other spotlighting the company’s full equipment line-up.

There will also be hubs offering a look at new technology, services and sustainability. Cat will also present daily spotlight demonstrations that dive deep into industry topics like improving fuel efficiency and jobsite efficiency.

Among new machines at ConExpo will be:

  • The new Cat 950 medium wheeled loader
  • A preview of the next generation Cat 926, 930 and 938 small wheeled loaders, slated for production in late 2023
  • The half-lane Cat PM822 cold planer, featuring integrated Cat Grade technology and the latest System K rotor options
  • The Cat AP455 Mobil-trac asphalt paver
  • A new three-dimensional screed plate with modular fastening system designed to improve mat density and smoothness

Erkat thinks big with move to new premises

Drum cutter equipment manufacturer Erkat says it will “significantly expand production” after has moving to a new production facility in the German state of Thuringia.

Products from both the Erkat and Epiroc brands – Erkat was incorporated into Epiroc in 2017 – will be made at the site, with drum cutting technology being marketed as a key area for future development.

Erkat manufactures robust special units for excavators and skid-steer loaders, and will show its VC 2000 cutter at the ConExpo exhibition in Las Vegas, USA.

Multitel launches safety and familiarity tutorials

Truck mount specialists Multitel Pagliero has released a number of video tutorials for its line-up of truck mounted platforms.

Concluded by the Italy-based company last summer following six months of internal collaboration, the project will see 35 tutorials launched that aim to promote the correct use of truck mounted platforms.

Each tutorial comes in two parts, one on the correct use of the machine in safety and one on the individual model. Tutorials can be accessed via a QR code embedded on participating models.

The company says the safety video has common general elements relating to the inspection of the work area, PPE to be worn, reading the manual and correct stabilisation.

The next chapter covers stabilisation/destabilisation, power take-off, cabin functions, ground and basket controls.

The tutorials, which the company says will help customers familiarise themselves with its machines, are available in Italian, English, French and German.

Machine and safety tutorials can be completed between 6 and 8 minutes. Multitel says that it plans to expand the tutorials in the coming months to include tracked platforms.

Palfinger’s German expansion

Austrian crane, work platform and materials handling equipment manufacturer Palfinger is building a new flagship facility near Munich in Germany.

It will combine product presentation facilities and after sales service in a manner somewhat akin to an automotive main dealer.

The flagship store site in Poing near Munich covers almost 12,000 square metres. “We are combining several functions – a large showroom, efficient service workshops that meet all requirements and modern offices – in an eye-catching new building and offer all services integrated into one location,” explained Gerhard Sturm, Palfinger senior vice president global sales and service.

Products will be demonstrated in an outside area. “With this exclusive offering, our Palfinger flagship store is absolutely state-of-the-art, not only in Germany,” Sturm continued.

The first phase of construction, due by 2025, will be offices and a workshop for service and bodywork.

The new facility is expected to help foster collaboration with research institutions. “Our flagship store in Munich represents the Palfinger spirit in a unique way and is an essential hub in our worldwide network of more than 5,000 locations,” Sturm said.

ACE – Action Construction Equipment unveiled India’s first Electric Mobile Crane and expands product range with a series of new launches at Bauma Conexpo 2023, Greater Noida

India’s largest Mobile Crane and Tower Crane Company ACE – Action Construction Equipment Ltd. based out of Faridabad launched India’s first indigenously designed and developed products as under :-

  • India’s First “ Fully Electric Mobile Crane ” with breakthrough technology and Zero emissions.
  • India’s Largest indigenous Mobile Crane with 180 Tons Lifting Capacity
  • India’s First Self Propelled Aerial Work Platforms
  • Apart from the above, the Company also showcased other new offerings :
  • 35 Tons 4X4 Pick and Carry Crane with Innovative Boom designs
  • Range of Telehandlers

India’s first indigenously developed fully electric Mobile Crane was launched by ACE at Bauma Conexpo 2023. The occasion was graced by Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, amongst a gathering of industry leaders, customers, business partners and company delegates to address the emerging needs and technology requirements with the backdrop of reducing carbon footprint of our customers.

This launch marks India’s first indigenously developed 100% electric Construction Equipment and propels India on the global platform of technological advancements. ACE F150-ev 4X4 has been specifically designed to suit both road travel and pick-n-carry use. As part of the initiative to introduce sustainable technologies; the electric crane has been specially designed to deliver optimum power and productivity while maintaining the versatility of the equipment for Indian conditions. With 4 wheel drive and required traction, this Electric Crane is suitable for rough terrain operations and is equipped with unparalleled safety features with best–in–class durability and stability.  ACE F150-ev 4X4 is a zero emission machine with lifting capacity of 15 tonnes and the crane delivers best possible combination of green credentials, customer benefits and efficiency. Further, the Company had also showcased India’s Biggest indigenously designed and developed crawler crane with a lifting capacity of 180 Tons. The crawler crane is equipped with anti-toppling features that provide enhanced safety on site and cutting edge technology that makes it superior to conventional machines. The super structure, boom and chassis of this crane have been made from high structural strength material for better endurance.

The launch of this high capacity indigenous crane marks the entry of our Country into the high tonnage domain and gives access to new markets with an opportunity to further deepen our presence both domestically as well as internationally. Showcasing the engineering strength and manufacturing capabilities of the Country, the company also launched India’s First range of locally produced Self-propelled Aerial Work Platforms (AWP). The company has introduced both Articulated and Straight Boom Access Platforms to cater to Indian as well as Export markets. These compact and robust build indigenous machines are designed to provide access solutions at heights and come fitted with state-of-the-art safety features to optimise working safely at heights.

The company also launched a range of Telehandlers which have primarily been developed keeping in mind the export potential alongwith domestic usage and the 35 Tons capacity 4X4 Pick and Carry Crane is the largest Pick and Carry Crane to be introduced by ACE, who is also the world’s largest producer of Pick and Carry Cranes. Participating in Bauma ConExpo 2023 in Greater Noida, the company  also exhibited its latest range of Cranes, Construction Equipment, Material Handling and Road Construction machinery. The company’s product portfolio leverage deep customer understanding and integrate it with the technological and manufacturing capabilities of the company to deliver products that are designed to meet end users performance expectations.  Further, strengthening the “Make in India” initiative of our Government, the company is also in process of expanding its manufacturing capacities specially in the bigger crane segment and is expected to operationalise its new facility based in Faridabad in the 1st Quarter of the next year. The Cranes and the Construction Equipment sector in the Country has been on an upswing in the current financial year and is expected to scale the pre-pandemic peak this financial year on the back of robust demand spurred by increased government spending on infrastructure projects coupled with manufacturing sector capex and growth plans. With nine state-of-the-art plants in India, ACE manufactures a wide range of equipment and makes the country truly “Atmanirbhar” in creating world class infrastructure.

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