Menzi Muck A91 ‘spider excavator’ on show at ACE EXPO
The weird but wonderful Menzi Muck A91 ‘spider excavator’, can rise up on all four legs and comfortably work in up to 1800mm of water or mud, is one of the heavy machines to be shown at ACE EXPO Victoria from 12-14 November at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
Green Edge Contracting runs the only Menzi Muck in Victoria, taking full advantage of its ability to adjust itself to the terrain.
It can traverse or straddle obstacles such as banks, logs, waterways, roadside barriers and fences. In fact, it can scale up to 70-degree slopes and climb vertical walls over 4m. When on flat ground or undulating terrain, the Menzi can fold down and travel on all four wheels, at a maximum speed of 10km/h.
Green Edge Contracting will be at stand A56 at the expo.
Being launched to the Australian market at ACE EXPO is the Swedish Steelwrist range of tltrotators, which the company says can increase an excavator’s efficiency as much as 15 to 30 percent.
"The more complex the job, the higher the productivity gain," Steelwrist’s Stefan Stockhaus says.
"There are major benefits with Steelwrist tiltrotators for both owners and operators," he adds. "This extremely powerful tool allows a bucket or any other accessory to be tilted, rotated and excavate more efficiently in one simultaneous operation.
"Digging around poles, close to house foundations, close to pipes, etc, can be done much faster and without moving the excavator."
Steelwrist's Tiltrotators will be at Stand O15and in the Heavy Equipment Demo Area.
AML+/AML Pro pipe detectors
Scott Spedding of Civil Safety Products says the company’s AML + Series and AML Pro Series of advanced underground pipe detection systems can reduce operating costs by avoiding costly strikes and repairs.
"Made in the USA, these ‘All Material Locators’ are scientific instruments that utilise modulated, ultra-high radio frequencies to find differences in subsurface densities," Spedding says. "This offers the best method for locating PVC and PE pipes and nearly any other subsurface object that has an edge.
"Utilising technology that was developed for lunar exploration, the AML will locate subsurface materials indiscriminately – plastic, metal, wood, cable or pipe. Unlike the deficiencies of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), the AML will work in clay, wet soil, snow or even standing water. "Redesigned specifically for the utility, water, gas and cable industries, the AML allows professionals to locate objects faster, while maximising job efficiency," he adds.
Civil Safety Products will be on stand A53 in the ACE Safety Zone.
Free industry seminars
The Innovation Stage at ACE EXPO will feature free educational talks on breakthrough technologies and industry announcements, organisers say.
"Contracting companies lose thousands of dollars daily on unproductive and underutilised assets, potentially facing fines if the workplace is not kept safe," they say. "John French, Australasian Solutions Specialist – CE, will present on day two of the expo on how businesses are using telematics technologies to reduce their cost, increase productivity, improve customer service and mitigate that high risk."
Another speaker will be beyondblue head of research & development in the workplace and workforce program Nick Arvanitis, who will present ‘A Heads Up on Workplace Mental Health’.
"Mentally healthy workplaces prevent psychological injury, support people with mental health conditions and are free of stigma and discrimination," ACE says. "Nick will provide a practical demonstration of how free, practical tools available can assist organisations create mentally healthy workplaces.
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