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Numerous machine management and telematics solutions at bauma

Virtual prototype development has the potential to boost the customisation of construction machinery production. (Image source: Wacker Neuson)

bauma 2019 is all set to showcase the construction machinery industry with an intensive focus on digital solutions from 8-14 April 2019

The construction machinery industry has set its sights on unlocking the possibilities of digitalisation and standardising digital solutions.

Digital machine management and telematics solutions are on the way to becoming the new standard in the construction industry. At bauma, numerous manufacturers from a wide range of product segments are presenting sensors and programmes that reflect the digital needs in the global construction marketplaces.

Sensors for a smart machine

The Waiblingen-based company Stihl shows how analog devices can become smart with minimal price. The important element here is the Stihl Smart Connector—a sensor with a five cm diameter that is mounted to the machines. It records operating hours and transmits them via the user’s smartphone or tablet to a cloud with central data storage. The geo position can also be transmitted if necessary. The information is then made available for users to analyze.

They can thereby precisely coordinate their machine park, optimise their daily work processes and minimise downtimes. The system also notifies users of upcoming machine maintenance.

Smartphone app explains diagnostic codes from cranes

The crane manufacturer from Milwaukee, the USA, has developed a free app that helps the crane operator interpret the diagnostic codes generated by the onboard control system and displayed in the operator's cabin. With this, the crane owner can use the information to begin resolving the problem immediately, which improves operating time.

Speed and structure for rental machine checks

The app klickcheck from Zeppelin Lab GmbH in Berlin, Germany, is aimed at leasing companies in the building industry. It aims to provide an easy way to collect all documents that are needed for equipment handover and store them in the cloud. The machines are identified through a QR code and examined using individual checklists on the smartphone.

Users and lessors can digitally document damage and defects in pictures and texts. In addition, an overview of the fleet lets lessors immediately see which machines are available, leased or undergoing maintenance.

Digital assistant for formwork

For instance, Planitec, part of the Paschal Group of companies (Steinach, Germany), will be presenting the next version of its fully automatic planning software Paschal-Plan light. It enables all relevant geometric and formwork information to be exchanged with BIM-capable programs.

Doka from Amstetten, Austria, is set to present a digital system at bauma that helps surveyors and building site teams quickly and precisely set up the wall formwork with self-climbing systems. The DokaXact solution uses measuring sensors that are affixed to defined points on the formwork and communicate wirelessly with a central processing unit.

Sensor-supported person recognition for wheel loaders

Liebherr International AG is showcasing a complete package of intelligent assistance systems for the XPower large wheel loader at the Munich trade fair site. It features an active person recognition system in the back. It uses sensors to independently differentiate between people and static objects. When people are detected in the hazard zone, the system alerts at a greater distance than with walls or pillars. This helps prevent unnecessary warning signals, which reduces stress for the machine operator.

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