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5 April 2019

bauma 2019 focuses on digital solutions

Digitalization is the main topic for bauma 2019. The construction machinery industry has set its sights on unlocking the possibilities of digitalization and standardizing digital solutions. Visitors can learn how far along the industry is at bauma from April 8 to 14, 2019, at the Munich trade fair site.

Photo: Wacker NeusonPhoto: Wacker Neuson
Digitization at bauma: Virtual prototype development has the potential to boost the customization of construction machinery production
Digital machine management and telematics solutions are clearly on the way to becoming the new standard in the construction industry. At bauma, numerous manufacturers from a wide range of product segments are presenting sensors, apps and programs that provide answers to questions such as: Where is the machine located? How many operating hours has it performed? Is it displaying any error codes? When will service or maintenance measures be necessary?

A German company shows at bauma, how sensors can make existing machines smart – for less than 20 Euros. The key element here is a sensor with a nearly five centimetre diameter that is mounted to the machines. It records operating hours and transmits them via the user’s smartphone or tablet to a cloud with central data storage. The geo position can also be transmitted if necessary. The information is then made available for users to analyse. They can thereby precisely coordinate their machine park, optimize their daily work processes and minimize downtimes. The system also notifies users of upcoming machine maintenance.

Sometimes even a smartphone app can make day-to-day work easier for its users. This is the case with a crane manufacturer from Milwaukee, USA. The company developed a free app that helps the crane operator interpret the diagnostic codes generated by the on-board control system and displayed in the operator's cabin. Instead of waiting for specially trained technical personnel with specialized equipment, the crane owner can use the information to begin resolving the problem immediately, which improves operating time.

Furthrmore, an app from a company located in Berlin, Germany, is aimed at leasing companies in the building industry. It provides an easy way to collect all documents that are needed for equipment handover and store them in the cloud. The machines are identified through a QR code and examined using individual checklists on the smartphone. Users and lessors can digitally document damage and defects in pictures and texts. In addition, an overview of the fleet lets lessors immediately see which machines are available, leased or undergoing maintenance.

Further promising digitalization solutions will be unveiled at Bauma. These include a realistic driving simulator that will allow visitors to experience and test products before the initial prototypes have even been built. And virtual reality applications will be used for training purposes and configuring complex machines, while a 3D printer will provide impressive demonstrations of how spare parts can be quickly manufactured.



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