Conplant unveils lighter, safer tandem rollers
Compaction equipment business Conplant has released its new Ammann ARX series of light tandem rollers, which according to the company is the market’s first with an OEM-supplied falling object protective structure (FOPS) option.
Conplant National Sales Manager Jim Harris says the range, designed by international roller brand Ammann in consultation with its exclusive Australian distributor Conplant, was developed and manufactured specifically for the Australian market.
"The integrated ROPS/FOPS option brings to market a machine with significant safety advantages in environments where there’s a risk of falling objects," he says.
Harris adds light tandem roller owners requiring FOPS previously need to create a custom solution with a local manufacturer, hence having to tackle the complications, responsibilities and expenses associated with modifying or replacing existing operator protective devices.
"Also, UV exposure is a significant risk to workers in the construction industry. To be able to provide an integrated OEM ROPS/FOPS that also offers protection from the elements is a great development for operator health and safety," he says.
The new ARX range has 13 models from 1.3 to 4.7 tonnes which include a number of features unique to Ammann.
The larger ARX36, ARX40 and ARX45 models have two amplitudes and two frequencies which Conplant says gives the machines broader capabilities across both soil and asphalt applications. The combinations are 45Hz/0.55mm, 45Hz/0.36mm and 57Hz/0.36mm respectively.
"The new ARX range also has a soft start/stop as well as an extremely smooth change of direction due to a state-of-the-art (fly-by-wire type) travel control system resulting in better job finishing particularly on asphalt applications," Harris says.
"This feature is also unique to Ammann for this size and type of roller."
The range is manufactured in Switzerland and features Yanmar water-cooled engines.
On top of its unique features, Conplant adds the machines are also easy to maintain.
All service points in the engine bay of the machines are accessible from one side, and the Teflon coated articulation and oscillation joints need no maintenance.
"The introduction of the new range is a great outcome for operators, hirers and owners, and a testament to the importance that Conplant places on productivity, plant safety and practical risk management for customers," Harris says.
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