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What’s New at Hillhead 2018?

First published in the May 2018 issue of Quarry Management 

Next month [June] Tarmac’s Hillhead Quarry, near Buxton, Derbyshire, will once again host the world’s biggest working quarry exhibition. From 26-28 June Hillhead will welcome more than 500 UK and overseas suppliers of plant, equipment, materials and services, many of them using the show as a platform for the launch of their latest products. The following pages provide a brief glimpse of just some of the new plant, equipment, systems and services that visitors will be able to see on display for the first time.

Altrad Belle will be showcasing British manufacturing at its best as they seek to reinforce their position as number one for light construction equipment. The company says visitors to the Altrad Belle demonstration area will be able to ‘feel the difference’ from a large line-up of powerful but low hand/arm vibration compaction equipment, the star product being the newly launched RPX range of reversible plate compactors with fully integrated wheels for ease of manoeuvrability. Altrad Belle will also showcase a new range of generators and pressure washers to complement products from their compacting, concreting, cutting, breaking, moving and mixing equipment ranges.

With 40 years’ expertise in the manufacture dedicated hydraulic tools and equipment for the demolition, recycling, rehandling and earthmoving sectors, Arden Equipment aim to provide new product innovations whilst making safety and the environment two of their main priorities. The French manufacturer has now joined the shortlist of tilt-rotor manufacturers and its new Arden TiltRotor will be shown exclusively at Hillhead 2018. Moreover, Arden Equipment have extended their Arden Jet technology to the company’s sorting grabs and high-lift buckets, and say the multi-award-winning water-spraying system is the first to be factory fitted on a demolition tool to reduce on-site dust.

Bell Equipment will be showcasing the largest range of articulated dumptrucks on the market at this year’s Hillhead show. The company’s evolved E-series line-up now comprises machines ranging from the compact B20E to the heavyweight B60E. According to Bell, the latest addition to the range, the B20E, is already proving popular due to its ability to manoeuvre easily within small spaces and its low ground pressure that allows it to operate in excessively muddy or sandy conditions. At the other end of the spectrum, the B60E has proven itself as a solution capable of moving large volumes of materials in all weather conditions, in a market sector that was previously only contested by rigid trucks. Visitors to the Bell stand will also be able to discover more about the new B30E 4x4. With its shorter wheelbase, this new machine is more manoeuvrable than its six-wheeled counterpart, and with the absence of a third axle tyre wear is reduced, making it a cost-effective yet efficient machine. 

The Bobcat stand at Hillhead 2018 will show models from the company’s latest compact loader, compact excavator, telehandler and attachment ranges, including the first appearance in the UK of the new Bobcat R-Series compact excavators ranging from 2 to 4 tonnes in weight. Another product being shown for the first time at Hillhead is the new TL30.70 compact telehandler, which provides a maximum lift capacity of 3 tonnes and a maximum lift height of nearly 7m. Bobcat will also be continuing their celebration of the 60th anniversary of the world-famous Bobcat skid-steer loader at Hillhead. Over the last 60 years, the company has maintained its market leadership in this machine category, so that one in every two skid-steer loaders sold today is still a Bobcat machine.  

Bruce Materials Processing Solutions will be using Hillhead 2018 to promote their self-contained BWPOD 100 Bruce WashPod, which incorporates aggregate scrubbing, trash removal, aggregate rinsing/sizing and sand dewatering in one neat package, but visitors will also be able to view the BWB120 Bruce Water Separator, which now has the added benefit of a new, optional silt-removal system. Designed for the removal of lighter-density materials, such as plastic, paper, cardboard, wood and polystyrene from aggregates, rubble, trommel fines, and construction and demolition waste, the BWB120 Bruce Water Separator offers an effective and cost-efficient way of cleaning material and creating additional revenue streams from previously redundant materials.

Calor, the UK’s leading providers of liquefied natural gas (LNG), will be at Hillhead 2018 to show how LNG can deliver considerable financial and environmental benefits over alternative fuels, eg oil, for sites with high energy requirements, such as asphalt plants. A colourless and odourless liquid fuel, LNG is created by cooling natural gas to a temperature of around –162°C. When cooled to this temperature, the gas both liquefies and reduces in volume. This quality ensures LNG is easy to store in either horizontal or vertical above-ground vessels. One site that has already made the switch to LNG is Aggregate Industries’ Colemans Quarry. It produces 250,000 tonnes of asphalt per year and by switching from kerosene to LNG has significantly cut its fuel costs whilst reducing CO2 emissions by 17%.

Con Mech Engineers, manufacturers of a full range of ground-engaging tools, including cutting edges, end bits, grader blades, overlay end bits and recycling wear parts, have more than 15,000 parts on file to suit all leading brands of machines, as well as in-house design capabilities to manage new and bespoke projects. At Hillhead 2018 the company will be showcasing its new range of Xtreme recycling wear parts.

Corgin, suppliers of dust- and odour-suppression solutions, both mobile and installed, for hire or purchase, will have their biggest-ever presence at this year’s event. In operation at the show will be the company’s range of MistCannons along with other products. Also, on demonstration for the first time at Hullhead will be Corgin’s new MistCannon Ranger, which is designed for fully self-contained dust suppression.

Cummins engines power job sites worldwide, driving key equipment from wheel loaders and dumptrucks to crushers and air compressors. With ratings from 37kW to 895kW, the engines are renowned for uptime and fuel efficiency, and the company’s full Stage V engine line-up will be on display at the show. With an average of 10% more power and 20% more torque across the range, as well as EGR-free designs up to 12 litres, Cummins say their Stage V engines do ‘more with less’. Delivering more machine capability, more productivity and high power density, the Stage V engines feature high sulphur tolerance up to 5,000ppm, lower total cost of ownership and a range of connected solutions to ensure maximum uptime. Visitors to the Cummins stand will see the latest engines for quarrying and construction, the debut of new power units, and demonstrations of the company’s Guidanz mobile app.

Celebrating 40 years since the launch of the company’s construction equipment range, Doosan will be showing their latest generation of excavators, wheel loaders and articulated dumptrucks, with Hillhead 2018 providing the platform for the UK launch of several new product developments. These include a new version of the company’s 30-tonne DA30 ADT, which is said to set the benchmark for load-carrying performance, fuel efficiency, enhanced controllability and operator comfort, as well as providing improved reliability, durability and reduced maintenance and servicing costs. The company has also announced a number of new safety and ergonomic features on all six of its large wheel loaders, and has implemented a restyling of all models in the range, with a change of colour scheme and more dynamic curved lines designed to reinforce the robustness and power of Doosan wheel loaders.

Established more than 40 years ago, elobau are independent developers and manufacturers of contactless sensor technology components used in numerous construction, off-highway and industrial applications. Key products in the company’s portfolio include single-axis and multi-axis joysticks, multi-function joystick grips, push buttons and thumbwheels, sensors for measuring angle and tilt, proximity switches, level sensors, suction pipes and ultrasonic level measurement. Products on display will include new modular armrests and joystick concepts. In addition to their comprehensive range of standard products, elobau also offer customized solutions in industrial and automotive applications, ranging from thumbwheels to fully customized armrests for off-highway vehicles.

Engcon, the world’s largest manufacturer of tilt-rotators and associated attachments, will be showcasing the breadth of their range with the company’s largest and smallest tilt-rotators on display, together with the all-new EC-Oil automatic hydraulic connection system for their S-type hitches. Engcon’s entry-level tilt-rotator bundle for diggers from 1 tonne upwards will also be available as a show offer.

Hill Engineering are manufacturers and global exporters of the award-winning excavator quick-coupler Tefra. In business for more than 24 years, the company manufactures a range of fully automatic Tefra quick-couplers to suit excavators ranging from 2 tonnes to 120 tonnes, as well as a full range of Titan excavator buckets, which can be manufactured for the most extreme applications. Hill Engineering supply their Tefra and Titan ranges to OEMs such as Hitachi, Komatsu, Volvo, Takeuchi and many others, and also to end users in the construction, civil engineering, demolition and quarrying industries. The Tefra and Titan ranges have recently been expanded to include the Tefra Tilt, the 2-tonne Tefra and the Titan Thumb.

Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe, are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of construction equipment for construction, mining and quarrying applications. Lined up on static display on the company’s stand at Hillhead 2018 we will be the new Hitachi ZW330-6 wheel loader, alongside the ZX530LCH-6 and ZX690LCR-6BE crawler excavators, whilst the company’s heavyweight ZX890LCR-6BE tracked excavator will be put through its paces in the face demonstration area.

At Hillhead 2018, Hycontrol will be focusing on the dangers posed by silo over-pressurization. Without testable pressure safety equipment and inlet controls, silos can easily become over-pressurized, leading to ruptures and filters being blown off the silo roof. There have been several such incidents in recent years, and Hycontrol, who are pushing the industry to address this dangerous situation, will be demonstrating a number of new products at the show, including their ground-breaking SHIELD silo-protection system. 

Visitors to the Hyundai stand at Hillhead will be among the first to see the recently launched HX130 LCR – the third compact-radius crawler excavator model in the company’s HX series product line. Taking centre stage alongside seven existing Hyundai models – the HL960HD and HL975 wheeled loaders; the HX220 L, HX300 L and HX380 L crawler excavators; and the R18-9 and R30Z-9A compact excavators – the new HX130 LCR is powered by a 73.6hp (55kW) Perkins 854F Tier 4 final/Stage IIIB-compliant diesel engine, has a standard operating weight of 12,930kg (LCR model), a maximum digging depth of 18ft 4in (5.57m) and a maximum digging reach of 27ft (8.22m). The machine is equipped with a standard 0.59m3 capacity bucket and delivers a bucket digging force of 10,369kgf.

IEC are suppliers of high-quality mechanical components to a wide range of industries. The company’s product range includes labyrinth sealing rings, disc springs, vibration-resistant safety washers, bearing locknuts, and vibration/shock-resistant secure bolt fasteners. At Hillhead 2018, IEC will be showing their new Abis KM bearing locknuts. These supplement the company’s popular Fuji locknuts with their ability to variably preload a bearing.

JCB are aiming to provide the X factor at Hillhead 2018 with the presence of their brand new 20-tonne 220X tracked excavator. Over a four-year development period, the company has undertaken an intensive programme of X-series component and product testing to achieve increased levels of build quality and provide maximum operator comfort, durability and reliability in operation. Several variants of the machine will be shown on the stand and in the demonstration area, including models in demolition specification. The new X-Series excavators will feature alongside other machines from the company’s extensive product range, including: the JCB 7T-1 front-tip, hi-viz site dumper; the Hydradig 110W; and the JCB Pilingmaster backhoe loader.

Compact equipment manufacturers Mecalac will be showcasing their safety expertise at Hillhead 2018 with the launch of a new-generation site dumper alongside a range of loaders and excavators aimed specifically at the UK market. The French company believes the dumper development will pave the way in safety-critical rental equipment. Paul Macpherson, sales and marketing director at Mecalac Construction Equipment UK Ltd, said: ‘Although we’re keeping specifications close to our chest, the new Mecalac site dumper is set to be the most exciting addition to our range yet. And being part of the Hillhead show provides the perfect platform to speak with existing and potential customers about our all-new range and exciting plans for the future.’

MIT, suppliers of industrial driveline components, will be displaying the new HP500 wet clutch power take-off (PTO) system from Twin Disc and HTV700 hybrid electric driveline system, designed and manufactured by Transfluid Italy. Launched earlier this year, the heavy-duty HP500 PTO delivers 500hp at 1,800 rev/min and is suited to driving pumps, grinders, crushers, dredgers, chippers, shredders and heavy-duty drilling. Showcasing the green credentials of hybrid technology, the Transfluid HT700 system allows the end-user to operate in three modes – electric propulsion; engine propulsion; and booster. In electric mode, the unit operates with zero emissions and minimal vibration, while booster mode delivers extra torque by increasing acceleration via the electric motor.     

Exhibiting for the first time at Hillhead, OKO will be showing their strongest tyre sealant to date – Mining X-tra Heavy Duty – which has been successfully tested to –52°C in Siberia and is officially approved by Norilsk, one of the world’s largest mining companies, in tyres as large as 62in. The sealant is sold to heavy-duty vehicle fleets in over 80 countries. The company will also be launching OKO LifeLong, a free-flowing wheel and tyre life extender liquid. It uses state-of-the-art nanotechnology to actively clean and prolong wheel rims by coating them with a molecular film at all times. The bright green UV LifeLong product also alerts operators to sidewall tyre cracks and bead/rim/O-ring leaks so that these can be repaired before they cause problems. It is available in 25- to 220-litre drums as well as 1,000-litre intermediate bulk containers. 

Paragon, one of the UK’s leading specialist banks, will be highlighting their range of finance options for the quarrying, construction and recycling sectors. Financial experts will be on hand to discuss new and used asset finance across the industry, the products available to large and small businesses, and the support vendors with one-off sales and more structured programmes. Ken McKeating, sales director for asset finance at Paragon, commented: ‘Specialist equipment requires specialist financing. Last year Paragon issued £220million in asset finance across the UK, an increase of nearly 40% on the previous year, this clearly shows our commitment to playing our part by helping the construction industry deliver the UK’s economic promise.’ 

Pioneer Pump, one of the world’s leaders in the design and supply of high-performance, portable and permanently installed pumps, will be showing their brand new 150SMS dewatering pump and the new compact and lightweight 300SLC. Featuring Pioneer’s high-flow 12in pump, built into a redesigned canopy with reduced footprint and improved accessibility, the new 300SLC is designed to work under the most challenging applications.

Pneutrol International Ltd, one of the leading manufacturers of automatic batching control systems in the UK and Ireland, will be giving visitors to Hillhead 2018 the opportunity to see their Dynamix Software in operation, as well as showcasing new developments in silo safety, including ground-level test (GLT) systems and Silotrak telematics.

Point of Rental Software will be exhibiting their high-quality support software and award-winning solutions designed to streamline hire operations. At Hillhead 2018, Point of Rental Software will be demonstrating CounterSign to show how easy and affordable it is to collect electronic signatures on hire contracts, agreements and other documents at any rental counter. Also on show will be Essentials; Point of Rental’s inventory management and hire management tool for companies wanting to kick-start their growth and break free from paperwork and the use of Excel. Syrinx is designed specifically for the hire industry to tackle unique challenges faced by hire businesses. Expert is a fully Windows-based software that automates inventory processes in real time for advanced hire businesses, while Elite offers a highly-customized platform for businesses.

Returning to Hillhead after a successful debut at the last show in 2016, Renault Trucks will be presenting their latest flagship product offerings – the Range T-High and award-winning Range T. Also on show will be the Range C and Range K tippers, which are suited to the construction sector, together with the lighter Range D and flexible Master Van range of light vehicles that can be specified with tipper, flatbed or panel van bodies.

SMT GB, the exclusive distributors for Volvo Construction Equipment products in Great Britain, will be showing the new L260H wheel loader, ECR355E excavator, EWR170E and EW220E wheeled excavators, and P4820D paver for the first time in Great Britain, while Volvo’s largest machines – the A60H articulated hauler and EC750E excavator – will be at work in the demonstration area. In addition, the Volvo-powered Man Engine will be making a special guest appearance at this year’s show. Standing at 10m tall, this giant mechanical puppet is not to be missed!

As one of Europe’s leading suppliers of parts for earthmoving machinery and demolition equipment, Strickland MFG will be showcasing the S-Lock hydraulic coupler, pulveriser/cracker, steel tracks and the new rubber track product line launched for 2018. The latest RS rubber track range – available in lengths up to 2.5m – is specifically designed for compact machines, with multiple frame options including side frames, cross beams and variable width solutions. 

Sykes Pumps, the UK’s leading pump hire company offering same-day delivery and service irrespective of location, supply a large range of pumps and accessories covering every application as well as providing on-site management and free site surveys. Since June 2017 the company has been celebrating its 160th anniversary, and at Hillhead 2018 it is planning to round off its year-long celebrations by introducing two new ground-breaking pumping innovations as well as showcasing a piece of Sykes Pumps heritage. 

Takeuchi will be showcasing new products across their machinery range (1-15 tonne class), including the latest TB2150R model – a conventional fixed-boom excavator (15-tonne) packed with enhanced operating features complemented by a powerful breakout capability. Along with hybrids, short-tail and conventional excavators, the company says it now has a machine in every weight class with a focus on reliability and powerful excavating.

Vehicle seating distributors TEK Seating will be introducing a comprehensive range of high-performance seats from leading manufacturers, including KAB, Grammer, Isringhausen, Milsco and United Seats. On show will be the high-spec KAB 600 series seats, which feature a wide platform for improved stability. Other seating products on view will include: the Actimo (eg Evolution P) and Maximo (eg MSG20) ranges from Grammer for heavy-duty use; Isringhausen 6000/57 SK mechanical suspension seat; and Milsco height backrests. Designed specially for construction machinery, the United Seats LGV 90-C2 will be on display, along with the popular, adjustable TEK 12 seat with slide rails and switch. Paul Fleming, chief executive officer of the TEK Group, commented: ‘Operators often work in extreme environments and suffer with back issues from the vibrations. Protection is therefore crucial and so it’s important that all drivers understand how their seat works and that it’s correctly fitted for their weight and body shape. There are no pitfalls to investing in a good seat.’

Terex Finlay will be celebrating a significant business milestone around the theme ‘60 Years of Passion and Innovation’ with new product launches and previews across their range of crushing, screening and conveying models. On display for the first time at a UK show will be the new J-960, J-1160, I-120RS mobile crushers, whilst from the screening range Terex Finlay will be showcasing their 674 inclined screener and 883+ heavy-duty screener. In addition, the TC-65, TC-80 and TC-100 tracked conveyors from the company’s expanding line of mobile conveyors will be on display. Also, to emphasize the company’s ‘Passion & Innovation’ theme, Terex Finlay will be previewing four brand new products in advance of their global market launches during 2018. Meanwhile, in the working demonstration area Terex Finlay will be showcasing their new I-120 impact crusher and 883+ triple-shaft impact screener, which have been paired together and will be working in conjunction with the new TF75HL high-level conveyor.

Terex Trucks have announced that they will be showcasing the old and new at this year’s Hillhead with their latest TA300 articulated hauler and vintage R17 machine, which dates back more than 40 years. Achieving a payload of 28 tonnes (30.9 tons) and powered by a Stage IV-compliant, five-cylinder Scania DC9 engine, the TA300 is designed to withstand the toughest conditions in quarries. The machine has superior traction and an effective power-to-weight ratio to ensure material is moved efficiently and cost-effectively across all kinds of terrain. The 13.5-tonne R17 hauler represents the history of Terex Trucks and visitors to the stand will be able to appreciate the historic craftsmanship of the machine.

Trackunit, one of the world’s leading specialists in access control, immobilization and tracking solutions for the plant and construction industry, will be exhibiting their new IP69-rated dual ID keypad (radio-frequency identification and pin code) access control system, along with the GO and ON smartphone Apps which are designed to deliver smarter servicing and pre-use checks. Trackunit say that many of Europe’s major plant hire firms rely on the company’s access control and tracking solutions, and to date, over 230,000 live systems have been installed. 

A key focus on the Trailer Vision stand will be mobile plant/road safety and the company will be demonstrating a range of 360° look-down’ cameras specifically designed for construction machinery use, including their latest Omni-Plant system which is now available with new 1.3mp wide dynamic range (WDR) and HD options. The company will also be promoting Omni-Vue, which provides operators with a complete view around their vehicles, eliminating all blind spots. Omni-Vue meets/surpasses FORS, CLOCS, Crossrail, Skanska and all other compliancy standards for camera systems. 

VEGA Controls will be displaying a range of level and pressure measuring instrumentation designed specially for the aggregates and recycling industries. Also on show will be remote inventory systems for the distribution and optimization of solids or liquids bulk products. Taking centre stage will be the Vegapuls 69 non-contact radar for bulk solids level applications, as well as solutions for effluent monitoring and measurement, non-contact conveyor mass flow solutions, bitumen level systems, RBA control panels and flush abrasion-proof pressure sensors for silo and pipeline pressure monitoring.

The Wirtgen stand will feature a wide range of exhibits, including two brand new cold-milling machines – the W 35 Ri and W 100 CFi. Also on show will be Vögele asphalt pavers and screeds, represented by the Super 800-3i unit and PowerFeeder MT 3000-2i Offset machine. Under the Hamm brand there will be a showcase of five products, including the new HD+ 90i PH VO-S tandem roller (featuring power hybrid drive) and H 7i compactor, along with three models from the HD series – the HD 13i, HD 12 VV and HD 8 VV. Wirtgen, under the Kleemann brand, will also be presenting their latest developments in crushing and screening technology, including the MC 120 Z Pro mobile jaw crusher and Mobisreen MS 953 Evo screening plant. In addition, the company will be using the show to promote new Evo Jet burners from Benninghoven, which can be operated with up to four different fuels. 

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