Gallery: Plantworx Innovation Award Winners 2015

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SAFETY HIGHLY COMMENDED: Elite GSS ‘glow-in-the-dark’ personal protective equipment. Winner:  IPAF smart card system (see ‘Security’). SAFETY HIGHLY COMMENDED: Elite GSS ‘glow-in-the-dark’ personal protective equipment. Winner: IPAF smart card system (see ‘Security’). SAFETY HIGHLY COMMENDED: Elite GSS ‘glow-in-the-dark’ personal protective equipment. Winner:  IPAF smart card system (see ‘Security’).
GREEN WINNER: Wacker Neuson 803 mini excavator, which travels using diesel but switches to electric drive to work in confined spaces or in applications where emissions cannot be tolerated. Highly Commended: JCB Inteli-Hybrid Generator (see ‘Engineering’). GREEN WINNER: Wacker Neuson 803 mini excavator, which travels using diesel but switches to electric drive to work in confined spaces or in applications where emissions cannot be tolerated. Highly Commended: JCB Inteli-Hybrid Generator (see ‘Engineering’). GREEN WINNER: Wacker Neuson 803 mini excavator, which travels using diesel but switches to electric drive to work in confined spaces or in applications where emissions cannot be tolerated. Highly Commended: JCB Inteli-Hybrid Generator (see ‘Engineering’).
SECURITY HIGHLY COMMENDED: International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) machine-readable card which can be used to ensure that only trained operators can use aerial work platforms (AWPs) on site. Winner: Datatag Venom (see ‘Elite Awards’). SECURITY HIGHLY COMMENDED: International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) machine-readable card which can be used to ensure that only trained operators can use aerial work platforms (AWPs) on site. Winner: Datatag Venom (see ‘Elite Awards’). SECURITY HIGHLY COMMENDED: International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) machine-readable card which can be used to ensure that only trained operators can use aerial work platforms (AWPs) on site. Winner: Datatag Venom (see ‘Elite Awards’).
ENGINEERING WINNER: JCB Inteli-Hybrid Generator, which harnesses hybrid engine technology to reduce fuel costs and environmental impact. ENGINEERING WINNER: JCB Inteli-Hybrid Generator, which harnesses hybrid engine technology to reduce fuel costs and environmental impact. ENGINEERING WINNER: JCB Inteli-Hybrid Generator, which harnesses hybrid engine technology to reduce fuel costs and environmental impact.
ENGINEERING HIGHLY COMMENDED: Worsley Plant Lehnhoff quick coupler, which allows a machine operator to switch attachments safely and securely without leaving the cab. ENGINEERING HIGHLY COMMENDED: Worsley Plant Lehnhoff quick coupler, which allows a machine operator to switch attachments safely and securely without leaving the cab. ENGINEERING HIGHLY COMMENDED: Worsley Plant Lehnhoff quick coupler, which allows a machine operator to switch attachments safely and securely without leaving the cab.
EFFICIENCY WINNER: Komatsu PC210i-10 excavator with Intelligent Machine Control designed to make machine operation easier and more accurate. EFFICIENCY WINNER: Komatsu PC210i-10 excavator with Intelligent Machine Control designed to make machine operation easier and more accurate. EFFICIENCY WINNER: Komatsu PC210i-10 excavator with Intelligent Machine Control designed to make machine operation easier and more accurate.
EFFICIENCY HIGHLY COMMENDED: Western Global AdBlue equipment refuelling bowser capable of storing both diesel and AdBlue in a single, easy-to-transport unit. EFFICIENCY HIGHLY COMMENDED: Western Global AdBlue equipment refuelling bowser capable of storing both diesel and AdBlue in a single, easy-to-transport unit. EFFICIENCY HIGHLY COMMENDED: Western Global AdBlue equipment refuelling bowser capable of storing both diesel and AdBlue in a single, easy-to-transport unit.
ELITE AWARDS: Bronze: Wacker Neuson 803. Silver: IPAF smart card system. Gold (pictured): Datatag Venom ‘DNA for fuel’ system which helps to prevent fuel theft and aids in fuel recovery. ELITE AWARDS: Bronze: Wacker Neuson 803. Silver: IPAF smart card system. Gold (pictured): Datatag Venom ‘DNA for fuel’ system which helps to prevent fuel theft and aids in fuel recovery. ELITE AWARDS: Bronze: Wacker Neuson 803. Silver: IPAF smart card system. Gold (pictured): Datatag Venom ‘DNA for fuel’ system which helps to prevent fuel theft and aids in fuel recovery.

Some of the most ground-breaking construction and plant equipment products of the past year have been recognised with Innovation Awards ahead of the Plantworx working construction exhibition to be held in Leicestershire, UK, in June.

Organisers say we are seeing a re-emergence of true innovation across a wide range of products and technologies after a long period of enforced focus on emissions and fuel compliance.

As a result the 2015 winners include a no-card-no-drive access platform system, glow-in-the-dark safety wear and an excavator that can switch from diesel to electric to suit the working environment.

"The legislation-driven need to reduce emissions and fuel consumption to comply with EU Stage IV regulations tested the innovation muscles of the construction equipment industry," the Plantworx organisers write. "And some of the results – the development of hybrid-powered excavators, for example – have advanced the industry’s environmental cause rather more quickly than anyone had previously imagined possible.

"Yet, with OEM research and development budgets targeted almost exclusively towards the sole aim of making equipment cleaner and greener, wider ‘above-the-bonnet’ innovation has been stymied for a number of years," they continue. "As a result, non-engine-related developments in the field of construction plant and equipment have generally been in the form of small, incremental changes and improvements: a new in-cab display here; a new shape of engine hood there."

However, with Stage IV regulations largely satisfied and the push towards Stage V still several years away, PlantworX saw a surge in "true innovation" and more diversity in the entries submitted for consideration in the 2015 awards program.

"While some of the entries remain engine-related," Plantworx says, "the way in which those engines operate or are being harnessed is totally new and unprecedented."

The judging panel, which was chosen to be able to assess the entries from different perspectives, was comprised of: Speedy Services innovation and customer experience director Wendy Bates; The Builders' Conference trade association chief executive Neil Edwards; Fabrications by Design’s Rich Holt; Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) director Kevin Minton; and AW Demolition owner/operator Austin Wilkinson.

See the gallery above for all the winners.

 

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Plantworx Innovation Awards 2015 winners. Back row (l-r) Western Global’s Bradley Ireland; Worsley Plant’s Sean Heron; JCB’s Romy Tilbury; and Wacker Neuson’s Richard Harrison. Front row (l-r); Datatag’s Kevin Howells; Elite-GSS’s Kris Heard; Marubeni Komatsu’s Ed Prosser and Kaz Kondo; and IPAF’s Lynn Price.

 

 

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