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Bobcat MaxControl remote control system makes debut in Spain

Bobcat’s new MaxControl remote control system has found one of its first customers in the EMEA region and the first in Spain in the form Obras y Construcciones Corbera, a construction and earthmoving company based in Corbera de Llobregat in Barcelona.

MaxControl is an exclusive hardware kit from Bobcat, which, combined with an iOS application, allows the operator to control Bobcat compact loaders remotely, using an iPhone or iPad.

Obras y Construcciones Corbera was introduced to the MaxControl system by Bobcat Of, the Authorised Bobcat dealer for the area. The company was very struck by the versatility that this application could give them, thanks to the total visibility of the working space that it offers and, above all, the safety and security provided by this new way of working.

This has been particularly useful in some concrete projects as the peripheral vision of the operator is considerably improved by being outside the machine. MaxControl has allowed the company to carry out special jobs that require greater safety, working in confined spaces and with little visibility. The system also helps in demolition and in finishing new pavements, providing the company with more precise finishes and in less time.

MaxControl has provided greater reliability and precision when loading and unloading machines onto trailers for transfer to other sites. Obras y Construcciones Corbera is convinced that the system improves safety, a factor that is more and more important every day on the job-site and offers direct benefits for both operators and employers alike. In addition, it helps to avoid damage to machines through collisions with objects, since by being outside the loader the operator can better see where they are driving.

CDE wet processing enhances Muadinoon Mining Company’s frac sand product

Saudi Arabia’s Muadinoon Mining Company has recently invested in wet processing technology from CDE in order to enhance its product quality while lowering environmental impact.

Muadinoon mines high quality silica sand from sand deposit near Tayma, in north-western Saudi Arabia, selling the product as raw materials to several clients. The company said it has a “commitment to providing high quality products that meet the requirements of its customers, in fulfilment of their needs and in compliance with industry standards”.

The mining company added that it was founded with a vision of becoming the global leader in the mineral industry while championing environmental awareness for responsible mining practices. Muadinoon says its commitment to the environment is one of the company’s most important operating principles.

Recently, Muadinoon sought to improve the quality of its product offerings further through enhanced washing and cleaning of the mined sand. The company added that its “passion for protection of the landscape” in which it operates is reflected in its pledge that its operations will achieve maximum economic value while ensuring minimum environmental impact. Therefore, a suitable wet processing solution was required to ensure water recirculation and conservation of this precious resource in a highly dry region.

The company engaged CDE to visit the site near Tayma, to gain a better understanding of its needs and requirements and to embark upon a collaborative partnership. Muadinoon chose to partner with CDE the Saudi company’s senior management believed CDE had an in-depth understanding of the project at hand and was confident in its expertise.

CDE commissioned its EvoWash Evo101 sand wash plant and AquaCycle A200 water management system to run alongside the company’s existing dry screens that ensure the size fractions of the required product. Utilising CDE technology, the new plant will enable Muadinoon to produce 0-600-micron silica sand (frac sand) at a rate of 75tph.

CDE’s EvoWash will intake pre-screened material which has been sized to suit the client’s needs. The sand will be washed by cyclone technology, thus reducing the fines content to market acceptable limits and providing an in-spec product to the customer. The EvoWash’s sump and hydrocyclones provide a high degree of control of silt cut points and eliminate the loss of quality fines with significant commercial value.

CDE’s AquaCycle is an efficient water management solution, significantly reducing costly water consumption (both economically and environmentally) by ensuring up to 90% of the process water is recycled for immediate recirculation. The water treatment unit, consisting of a thickener and polyplant, reduces freshwater requirement drastically and helps to accelerate return on investment by maximising production efficiency, minimising the loss of valuable fines and reducing water and energy costs.

Cat updates Next Gen 966 and 972 wheeled loaders

Caterpillar has updated its 966 and 972 wheeled loader series, raising productivity by up to 10% and lowering maintenance costs by up to 15% when compared to previous models by extending intervals for processes such as fluid and filter changes.

According to Cat, the updates bring a host of standard technologies to the 7-9t wheeled loader line, and the improved Cat 966 and 972 Wheel Loader series also boost operator efficiency. The 966 and 972 models deliver consistently high bucket fill factors to increase productivity by up to 10%. Their next generation design extends fluid and filter change intervals to lower maintenance costs up to 15% over earlier models.

Both models in the updated 966 and 972 loader series feature standard Cat Payload with Assist for accurate weighing of bucket payloads, so operators can load to target the first time every time. Real-time data is fed to the operator display and allows manual tip-off function to improve final bucket adjustments and truck load accuracy.

The new Cat Autodig with Auto Set Tires delivers consistently high bucket fill factors for the updated medium wheel loaders. Fully automating bucket loading, Autodig improves fill factors and decreases loading time. Working in conjunction with Autodig, Auto Set Tires promotes proper loading techniques to significantly reduce tyre slip and wear.

Offering the ability to set customised profiles for customer-specific applications, new Application Profiles sets multiple machine parameters with the press of one button to optimise settings for the job. Selectable on-screen Job Aids, along with a streamlined new layout of the controls, facilitates loader operation, allowing operators of all experience levels to be more productive.

Optional Cat technologies help to further increase productivity and operation profitability of the updated series. Cat Advanced Payload with Assist offers Tip Off Assist to automatically adjust the final bucket load to match hauling unit target, enhanced lists management, site integration and extended scale features. The available Cat Productivity subscription provides detailed and comprehensive actionable information for the site off-board on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

The Next Generation 966 and 972 series design extends hydraulic system maintenance intervals, so the loaders spend more time at work. An integrated optional Autolube reduces daily maintenance and increases component service life, while convenient access to hydraulic and electric service centres makes servicing the loaders fast and easy. Cat says that all of these design updates combined reduce maintenance costs up to 15% for the Cat 966 and 972 models.

Technology also plays a role in improving loader servicing. Helping to manage fleet location, hours and maintenance schedules, the Cat App provides alerts for required maintenance and assists with requesting service from the local Cat dealer. Remote Troubleshoot connects the machine to the dealer’s service department via the internet to quickly diagnose fault codes without on-machine cable connection. Additionally, Remote Flash ensures the wheel loaders are operating with the most up-to-date software without impacting the production schedule.

Comansa bridges the gap between two Philippines islands

Two Comansa tower cranes are helping to construct a cable-stayed bridge in the Philippines that will join two vital islands, spanning the water between Cebu City and Mactan Island.

Cebu City is the second-largest city in the country while Mactan Island, is the location for the international airport that serves the city. The bridge being built to join the two places is a significant structure that will help alleviate the heavy traffic that currently travels through two existing bridges between the locations.

​Thanks to this new bridge, journey time will be reduced by up to 40 minutes and help streamline commercial and industrial travel, and facilitate the transportation of tourists landing at the international airport of Mactan, which is the main touristic hub of the country.

This is a key project for the region, awarded by CCLEC (Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation), a subsidiary of MPTC (Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation), to Cebu Link Joint Venture (CLJV), a joint venture between ACCIONA, First Balfour and DMCI.

​In order to meet the specific requirements of the project, two Comansa 21LC660 flat-top cranes from the 2100 series have been selected, owing to the 36-tonne models being “the perfect choice for maximum performance in projects involving particularly heavy loads, such as bridge construction”, says Comansa. Furthermore, the use of 80-metre long booms has made it possible to provide a wide and accessible perimeter on-site surrounding the two main pylons on which the bridge is being built.

​The project was divided into three sections: the Cordova viaduct and causeway, the cable-stayed bridge itself and the access viaducts on Cebu City side. Comansa’s tower cranes have been used to construct the main cable stayed bridge which, when completed, will span approximately 650m and be supported by two towers of 150m height each.

Tower 1 is located a distance from the coast and is not accessible by land, so the tower crane had to be erected using a crawler crane mounted on a boat. Tower 2 is also far from the coast, but in this case a temporary island/dock was made using fill material, allowing materials to be delivered and thus enabling the bridge to be built. The tower crane was erected using a crawler crane from this provisional island.

How Wolffkran Arabia helped build the Museum of the Future

On February 21st, Dubai officially opened the doors to one of the most iconic buildings in the region, indeed even the world – the Museum of the Future. There are few structures on the global architectural landscape that have captured the popular imagination as this marvel of design has. Not only has it become easily recognisable by inhabitants of the UAE, with its majestic presence looming large on Dubai’s main arterial Sheikh Zayed Road, it has also joined the pantheon of wonders that Dubai has built over the last several years.

And a wonder it indeed is. The 77-metre high structure has been envisioned as “a message of hope” by none other than Shiekh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Inaugurating the museum, Sheikh Mohammed said the museum “will be a forum for great minds, scientists, thinkers and experts from around the world”. He envisaged it as a place that will “shape a better future for all of us”.

But building the future is not without its challenges – and building a futuristic structure such as the Museum of the Future was an equally challenging engineering and construction feat. The unprecedentedly abstract and irregular design of the building meant that it demanded special construction materials and techniques – as well as equipment that could rise to the challenge. Enter Wolffkran – the tower crane specialist that supplied not only cranes but lifting solutions to the projects that use its equipment.

The tower cranes used in the construction of the Museum of the Future ever since construction began in 2017 have been Wolff cranes, with Wolffkran Arabia implementing a lifting plan for the project that involved three tower cranes which were erected and then changed to meet the construction needs.

As a crane solution provider, Wolffkran worked with the main contractor BAM International to design lifting operations for the project and keep the operations going through the various stages of the build as the structure’s shape gradually emerged and brought with it more challenges for crane tower operations.

To meet the construction plan and its emerging challenges, the cranes were put up in three phases and Wolffkran Arabia also provided the base design and procedures to erect and dismantle the cranes safely. The company facilitated this process with the SMIE anti-collision systems and in-house trained crane operators.

In the spotlight: Liebherr cranes help create impressive stage sets

LED cubes instead of concrete blocks, Roman antiquity instead of modern apartments, culture instead of construction sites: Liebherr cranes help to build and dismantle sets, and are even sometimes part of the production, so that theatres across Europe are never left with an empty stage. From bottom- and top-slewing cranes to mobile construction cranes, various machine types have impressed with their intelligent assistance systems, long reach and high load capacity in Verona, Frankfurt and Bregenz this season.

In Verrona, as soon as the stone steps in the ancient Roman amphitheatre are clear, a Liebherr 125 K starts to unfold itself. Its straightforward assembly, without the need for extra equipment, was one of the main reasons why the Italian Liebherr dealer Niederstätter opted for Liebherr’s largest fast-erecting crane for the Opera Festival held at the Arena Di Verona.

Various productions were staged over the summer months, which meant that the imposing stage sets had to be changed several times. The 125 K was unfolded and disassembled quickly to meet the requirements of this unique job. The crane was positioned directly on the ancient walls atop a 6m gantry - a solution that minimised the amount of space required. A Liebherr LTM 1160/2 mobile crane lifted the fast-erecting crane onto the gantry and transported it back down at the end of the festival season.

The 125 K also made a big impression with its load capacity of 1.3t at maximum radius. Thanks to its reach of up to 55m, the bottom-slewing crane was able to cover the entire stage area and completed all necessary lifts with ease. Smart assistance systems, such as Micromove, supported the lifts, ensuring that the scenery was positioned safely and with precision. LED jib lighting also enabled trouble-free working at night.

Leading the Compacts - Interview with Bobcat regional director Gaby Rhayem

WOCME: What is the position of Bobcat in the market today and what are the factors behind it?

Gaby Rhayem: Today if we look at the compact equipment business overall, Bobcat continues to lead the market.

We are proud to maintain this position despite all the issues we've faced first in 2020, and then in 2021 in terms of supply chain problems and increase in logistics costs. We've been able to introduce a lot of new models in 2021 despite the adverse situations – we’ve totally renewed our telehandler range, skid-steer loaders, tracked loaders, mini excavators and backhoe loader model line-ups in the market with great success. We are very pleased with how well customers have received our new models and this has made us very excited for the immediate future.

With all the new launches and revamping we did in our model range, Bobcat continues to stay innovative and maintain its leading position in the compact equipment market.

WOCME: Speaking of innovation, Bobcat started its "Next is Now" initiative in 2020 with a spate of new model launches. What is this initiative and what does it mean for present and future Bobcat models?

GR: ‘Next is Now’ is the way Bobcat envisions the future of our equipment and of the compact segment as a whole. And we are working towards realising that future vision in the present moment. To make this happen, we are developing new technically innovative models and solutions and bringing them to market.
Among the things we are working on more and more is what we call "Max Control", which translates into bringing in new technologies in order to make operating our machines easier, safer, more convenient, efficient and more advanced.

Under Max Control, for instance, we are finding ways to operate our machines with mobile phones and tablets, which we see increasingly happening in places like Europe, where we have introduced the technology already.

We are also seeing rapidly rising uptake for our telematics solutions such as "IQ", with which you can manage your fleet sitting in your office, at home or just about anywhere. The IQ solution is something that is being used quite extensively by the big rental companies, who are finding it extremely useful to manage their fleets with.

Lintec & Linnhoff to focus on regional shows around the globe under new event strategy

Lintec & Linnhoff has announced a new strategy of concentrating on local and regional events in its key sales regions worldwide, rather than on large global exhibitions.

The company added that, under this new strategy, it will not be present at Bauma 2022 in Munich this year, instead focusing on being well represented and maximising its presence at shows in markets such as the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Asia and Australia, where its recent market expansions have taken place.

Christabel Chan, global business manager at Lintec & Linnhoff, said: “As Covid restrictions ease and events return to our calendar, we’ve seen a really positive response from shows in the Middle East, South Asia and Asia Pacific. It underlines how important it is for us to strengthen our connection with our customers at regional and local levels.

“We still see value in global trade shows such as Bauma, but we also want to invest in reaching our customers within their home markets. This means customers will be seeing us at plenty more shows all over the world in the coming months.”

Sany crawler crane claims world’s tonnage record with 4500t capacity

Sany has claimed the world record for the biggest lifting capacity for cranes with its new SCC9800TM crawler crane, a 4,500-tonner delivered to a customer in the last quarter of 2021.

According to the Chinese manufacturer, the crane has a maximum lifting moment of over 98,000 tm and a maximum lifting weight of 4,500t, and is theoretically able to hoist more than 3,000 standard sedan cars, outperforming all similar products. This makes it the crane with the largest lifting capacity to date in human history among crawler or mobile cranes, Sany added.

The 4500t SCC9800TM follows Sany succession of world records for crawler crane lift capacities. The company had earlier set new records of 3,600t in 2011 and 4,000t in 2020 and has now pushed the limit to a new high of 4,500t.

Wolffkran launches its first saddle job crane in 800m/ton class

Wolffkran has launched its first saddle jib crane in the 800m/tonne class, the new WOLFF 8076 Compact, which has a maximum jib radius of 80m and maximum lift capacity of 40t

The tower crane specialist said the new crane is the answer to market trends calling for higher capacity tower cranes for lifting prefabricated parts, which are increasingly being used in construction projects, with reports indicating that every third construction project in Europe now utilises them.

The latest member of the WOLFF pack, the new WOLFF 8076 Compact is Wolffkran’s first trolley jib crane in the 800-metre-tonne range and boasts of several useful features besides its high lifting capacity.

Wouter van Loon, product manager at Wolffkran, said: “We wanted to design a large yet economical crane and get the maximum capacity out of the steel structure. That's why we opted for a low-top design, which we call Compact.”

Despite a tower top around 10m lower than that of a WOLFF Cross model, the 8076 Compact offers a maximum lifting capacity of 40t and a tip load capacity of 8.4t at 80m.

"And that as a pure 2-fall crane, making the WOLFF 8076 Compact not only the strongest saddle jib crane in our range but also best-in-class compared to its competitors,” added van Loon.

Also new is the 4-chord design of the first three jib sections instead of the usual 3-chord design, and van Loon explained: “This allowed us to optimise the transfer of forces along the jib and reduce individual components weights, resulting in around 40% higher lifting capacity than with the 3-chord design.”