Komastu has offered a preview into the future of the construction and mining industry, with a large presence at bauma 2022 with a future focus on smart construction and electric offerings for machines.
The company’s extensive presence at bauma placed a focus on nearly 40 pieces of equipment, while highlighting the deep capabilities and experience that Komatsu maintains around smart construction, digitisation and electrification.
Speaking on the company’s journey with electrification, executive general manager for construction at Komatsu Australia, Dean Gaedtke, 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 the company featured on the stand, along with a fully electric wheel loader prototype.
The new connected and automation-ready construction machine is battery-powered, with zero-emissions and is currently in the advanced stages of testing.
Attendees were able to get a look in at the PC4000-11 electric drive excavator, that features with zero emissions, KomVision 360 bird’s eye view and Argus PLM payload meter 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.
“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.”
Additional equipment featured at bauma
In addition to the above, a number of other products were on show at the Komatsu display:
- The new PC950-11 hydraulic excavator, scheduled to be introduced to the Japanese and European markets in the 2023 financial year.
- The D71PXi-24 dozer, an all-new model in Komatsu’s dozer line-up.
- The PC88MR-11 midi excavator. When compared to its renowned predecessor model, the PC88MR delivers higher productivity, reduced fuel consumption and faster work equipment speed.
- The HD785-8 rigid dump truck, featuring a productivity meets comfort approach with an ergonomically designed cab and in-cab noise levels kept to 72 dBA.
- The K100 boom change system, providing operators the option to reconfigure the machine within minutes, without leaving the operator cab.
To learn more about Komatsu’s market-leading electric machinery that was on show at bauma, visit the Komatsu website.