Taking place from April 8-14, bauma has seen a multitude of announcements. From AI (artificial intelligence), to GNSS (global navigation satellite system), to grade control, and more, the event has highlighted manufacturers making big moves to advance construction equipment, all with the help of emerging technologies.
When Peggy Smedley attended bauma Media Dialog earlier this year, it was a good introduction into what was coming to the show in April. Now, the show continues to bring many product releases that will alter the construction industry. Here are our top takeaways from bauma 2019.
The Rise of AI
Here at Constructech, we have been writing about AI for years—recognizing that it has a transformative impact in construction today and big opportunities for the future. At the event, Giatec announced it has created an AI program for the concrete industry.
Leveraging the company’s SmartRock technology, the program, coined Roxi, will be able to accurately monitor concrete on jobsites. This will help reduce the chance of human error and will help detect anomalies at various stages of the concrete lifecycle including production, delivery, placement, hardening, and while in service.
Electrified and Highly Efficient
Perhaps one of the biggest trends at the show—something many companies are touting—is the move to high efficiency and low fuel consumption equipment.
Consider the example of HİDROMEK. The company’s HMK 635 WL wheel loader has high engine power and performance—and it is a more environmentally friendly product with Phase-5 engine. It operates with high efficiency and low fuel consumption and is frequently used in mining and stone quarries, batch plant, and industrial applications.
As another instance, Meritor has launched a line of material handling axles for forklifts—and an electrified axle within its portfolio. The addition of an electrified carrier is an emissions-free, fully battery-electric propulsion option that further enhances the portfolio, centered on solutions offering connectivity, efficiency, and electrification.
Also, JLG and Dana Inc., developed a Spicer Electrified e-Axle concept for next-generation aerial work platforms, which supports top-to-bottom redesign of electric-driven vehicles to maximize performance and efficiency.
A Focus on GNSS
A lot of news from the show centered on companies making announcements about machine control and guidance applications and systems—some of which narrow in on high-precision GNSS.
For example, Hemisphere GNSS announced its GradeMetrix platform for high-precision GNSS machine control. The company also announced its Earthworks OEM toolkit, which allows manufacturers to select components individually or as complete solutions.
As another case, Trimble introduced Trimble Siteworks Software version 1.1, featuring full GNSS tilt compensation functionality in standing, walking, and vehicle models, and support for the Android operating system. This means construction surveyors can now capture accurate points without leveling the pole, making surveying faster and more accurate.
Trimble also made a number of big partnership announcements at the show as well, including: a partnership with Liebherr to introduce a Trimble Ready factory option for new Liebherr PR736 Generation 8 bulldozers and a partnership with Volvo Construction Equipment, announcing integrated Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for Volvo Dig Assist. This will enable the use of 3D constructible models, as-built data, remote support, design and asset management, and other Trimble Connected Site technologies.
While these are just a few of the highlights, bauma is demonstrating that technology is here—and it will change the way construction equipment operates on the jobsite in the future.
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