Wirt­gen Group Show­cases Spe­cial­ized So­lu­tions for Road Con­struc­tion dur­ing Road Tech­nol­ogy Days

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The fo­cus of this year’s Road Tech­nol­ogy Days or­ga­nized by the Wirt­gen, Vögele and Hamm brands was on syn­er­gies, 3D ap­pli­ca­tions and net­worked job­site pro­cesses. The three com­pa­nies pro­vided prac­ti­cal in­sights into the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the field of cold milling, cold re­cy­cling, soil sta­bi­liza­tion, paving and com­paction. Vis­i­tors en­joyed live de­mos, fac­tory tours and a ma­chin­ery ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing around 70 ex­hibits. Around 4,000 cus­tomers and road con­struc­tion ex­perts from more than 80 coun­tries flocked to the event on 19 and 20 April that was held on the 370,000m2 site of Joseph Vögele AG in Lud­wigshafen am Rhein.

The high point of the event was a gala evening in the newly con­structed 22,200m2 dis­patch hall at the Vögele head­quar­ters. “A per­sonal and pro­fes­sional ex­change with our in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers is very im­por­tant to us,” said Domenic G. Ruc­colo, CEO of the Wirt­gen Group. “It helps us de­velop tai­lored coun­try-and cus­tomer­spe­cific so­lu­tions in an in­dus­try with such di­verse and highly dif­fer­en­ti­ated re­quire­ments. The Road Tech­nol­ogy Days is an ideal plat­form for ex­chang­ing knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences.”

The best of three worlds

The three brands show­cased co­or­di­nated ma­chine and ap­pli­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies in op­er­a­tion: a to­tal of 25 ma­chines milled, fed ma­te­rial, placed as­phalt and com­pacted on an area of around 3,000m2 in two live demon­stra­tions. “We’re not just pre­sent­ing state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy and so­lu­tions for road con­struc­tion: our cus­tomers also see for them­selves how our ma­chines work to­gether in prac­tice and the syn­er­gies this cre­ates for the en­tire road con­struc­tion process,” said Roland Schug, Head of Mar­ket­ing at Joseph Vögele AG.

Dig­i­tal mea­sure­ment and con­trol

The event gave in­sights into dig­i­tal mea­sur­ing and con­trol sys­tems as the three brands demon­strated the lat­est 3D so­lu­tions. The SP 15 slip­form paver from Wirt­gen, for in­stance, can en­tirely pave even the small­est of radii au­to­mat­i­cally, thanks to the GPS-based Au­topi­lot. The 3D Nav­it­ronic Plus so­lu­tion from Vo­gele al­lows the layer thick­ness, the screed's po­si­tion and the paver's di­rec­tion of mo­tion to be con­trolled au­to­mat­i­cally. And the HCQ sys­tem from Hamm mea­sures the most im­por­tant com­paction pa­ram­e­ters and shows the roller op­er­a­tor di­rectly on the dis­play where more com­paction is re­quired. Such ap­pli­ca­tions save a lot of time and money, while en­abling precise im­ple­men­ta­tion and high qual­ity.

In­tel­li­gent so­lu­tions for road con­struc­tion

In­dus­try ex­perts gave an over­view on the cur­rent and fu­ture de­vel­op­ments in road con­struc­tion. Wirt­gen pre­sented precise lev­el­ling, cost-ef­fec­tive cut­ting and ad­vanced re­cy­cling tech­nolo­gies, while Vo­gele pre­sented the soft­ware-based process man­age­ment sys­tem, WITOS Paving. The telem­at­ics so­lu­tion net­works road pavers, mix­ing plants and lor­ries, among oth­ers, sup­ported a per­fectly co­or­di­nated sup­ply of mix. All the play­ers in­volved have real-time ac­cess to data such as ma­chine op­er­at­ing data and lorry load­ing and un­load­ing times, al­low­ing them to co­or­di­nate all pro­cesses pre­cisely. Hamm demon­strated in­tel­li­gent so­lu­tions for com­paction, in­clud­ing the in­tu­itive Easy Drive op­er­at­ing con­cept and the prin­ci­ple of os­cil­la­tion, where tan­gen­tial rather than ver­ti­cal shear­ing forces are di­rected into the ma­te­rial to be com­pacted. The drum main­tains con­stant ground con­tact for par­tic­u­larly speedy com­paction.

Qual­ity cre­ates qual­ity

Vis­i­tors ex­plored Vo­gele’s most mod­ern road paver fac­tory built in 2010 and cur­rently be­ing ex­panded with a dis­patch hall and ad­di­tional pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties. An in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled Qual­ity Man­age­ment also used dis­play pan­els, videos and ex­hibits to demon­strate what re­quire­ments the com­po­nents have to meet and what con­trols they have to pass through for fi­nal assem­bly and de­liv­ery to the cus­tomer. Said Bern­hard Düser, mem­ber of the Board of Di­rec­tors of Joseph Vögele AG, “Only with per­fect and tech­ni­cally so­phis­ti­cated prod­ucts can our cus­tomers build high-qual­ity roads.”

Since 2005, the event has been held al­ter­nately at the brand head­quar­ters of cold milling spe­cial­ist Wirt­gen, road paver man­u­fac­turer Vögele and roller man­u­fac­turer Hamm.

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