Komastu offered a preview into the future of the construction and mining industry with a huge presence at bauma, focused on Smart Construction and electric machines.
At bauma 2022, Komatsu’s extensive presence at the event spotlighted nearly 40 pieces of equipment while highlighting the brand’s deep ccapabilities and experience around Smart Construction, digitisation and electrification.
Dean Gaedtke, Executive General Manager Construction at Komatsu Australia, said that while electrification is a big forward focus for the industry, Komatsu’s track record in the space stretches back decades.
“We were excited to showcase our latest innovations at bauma, but many people were surprised to be reminded that we’ve had electric machines in market for over 20 years,” Gaedtke said.
“It’s truly exciting to see industry really picking up the pace now on adoption of electric equipment, and to be able to continue to expand the range of machines we offer with electric power, without compromising on productivity.
“We’ve sold over 1,300 electric drive trucks in Australia, and over 380 electric mining excavators globally, and demand for these game-changing machines is only growing.”
The PC210E all-electric hydraulic excavator was one of the key attractions on the stand, along with an exciting fully electric wheel loader prototype. This new connected and automation-ready construction machine is battery-powered, with zero-emissions and is in advanced stages of testing.
Attendees were also able to get a look in at the PC4000-11 electric drive excavator, with zero emissions, KomVision 360° bird’s eye view and Argus PLM payload metre to identify the bucket payload.
“Our strong focus on Smart Construction was definitely a drawcard to our stand, and also signals Komatsu’s commitment to reaching zero carbon emissions by 2050, and halving our CO2 emissions from product operations from our 2010 levels,” Gaedtke said.
The atmosphere at bauma was like nothing else, he added.
“It was invigorating to be showcasing ground-breaking technologies and new ways of working that will help our industry move towards a cleaner, safer, more productive jobsite and a sustainable future. It was also great to be able to connect our global product and solutions engineers with our Australian and New Zealand customers, and give them the opportunity to hear the differing needs of our market.”
Just a few of the other key attractions at the Komatsu display included:
• PC950-11 hydraulic excavator – on show for the first time, the machine is scheduled to be introduced to the Japanese and European markets in the 2023 financial year;
• D71PXi-24 dozer – an all-new model in Komatsu’s dozer line-up. Designed to meet customer demand with the ability to push like a D65 and the precision, balance and reflexes of a D61;
• PC88MR-11 midi excavator – compared to its renowned predecessor model, the PC88MR delivers higher productivity, reduced fuel consumption and faster work equipment speed;
• HD785-8 rigid dump truck – productivity meets comfort with an ergonomically designed cab and in-cab noise levels kept to 72 dBA; and
• K100 boom change system – reconfigure the machine within minutes, without leaving the operator cab.