Autonomous vibratory plate from Ammann
By Helen Wright18 March 2016
Ammann will present the prototype of its first autonomous vibratory plate at Bauma – and a world first, according to the company. The APH 1000 TC features electro-hydraulic controls, based on an existing remote-controlled vibrating plate.
In ‘Teach In’ mode, the operator uses the remote control to navigate the plate along the borders of the area to be compacted. This is essentially setting the boundaries for the plate compactor. The number of vertices is not limited and the machine automatically detects the closed border.
After clicking the ‘Run’ button, a working strategy is calculated and the field is compacted strip by strip. A GPS system is supported by an electronic compass and collision detection. Deviations of the GPS system are compensated by an overlap of the passes to ensure all areas are compacted sufficiently, according to Ammann.
And the manufacturer said it would also showcase a wide range of other new launches, including its latest line of APF forward-moving vibratory plates, boasting the company’s new Z-shaped tow bar mountings, which are said to isolate the guiding hands from vibration and reduces operator fatigue. The new line consists of the APF 11/33, APF 14/40, APF 14/50 and the APF 20/50.
Ammann will also display the first two models of its new ARS line of single-drum soil compactors (the ARS 200 T4f/T3 and the ARS 220 T4f/T3), boasting its Ace Force compaction measurement system, while the new Ammann ART 240 T4f pneumatic-tyred roller will also be on show.
Meanwhile, the company’s new ARX 90 T4f/T3 and ARX 110 T4f/T3 tandem rollers are said to combine oscillation with the high compaction output seen on previous Ammann tandem rollers, while the new Ammann ARR 1575 Tier 4f trench roller is said to overcome high moisture content in cohesive soils and clays while consuming less fuel than its predecessors.
The company will also showcase a new mini paver, the AFW 150-2, which weighs 1150kg and boasts paving width capabilities of 250mm to 1650mm.
And information about new mixing plants will also be available at the show – including the new CBS Elba Concrete Mixing Plant, with a production output ranging from 105m³/h to 160m³/h; and the first product a new line of transport-optimised and compact concrete-mixing plants – the CBT 60 SL Elba Compact Concrete Mixing Plant with an hourly output rate of 58m³/h.
Ammann said the entire compact line-up would provide a performance range from 30m³/h to 130m³/h and would be available in the near future.
Finally, Ammann has also introduced the SolidBatch asphalt-mixing plants in the form of the SolidBatch 140 and SolidBatch 180, with capacities of 140 tonnes per hour and 180 tonnes per hour.
Taking place in Munich, Germany, from 11 to 17 April, Bauma is the largest construction equipment exhibition in the world.