At HAMM, the developers are thinking not only about the next machine generation; they are also focused on the effects that current megatrends will have on road building in general and on compaction in particular. In the Technology Center, visitors to Bauma 2019 will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the "HAMM future”.
"What will the 'construction Site 4.0' look like? What added values can HAMM contribute to BIM as a roller manufacturer? Which mechanical characteristics will be relevant in 10, 20, 30 years’ time? And what demands will employees place on their working environment in road building in 2030? In addressing these questions, we are developing our visions for the future of road construction. From these we generate concrete new concepts and solutions around our core competence, compaction" Dr. Axel Römer, head of research and development at HAMM says.
The Construction Site of the Future
Digitalization, electromobility and globalization are already changing our world today in many ways. Nevertheless rollers will continue to be needed for the compaction of soil and asphalt in the years to come – albeit with growing requirements in terms of process efficiency, precision and transparency. HAMM identified this trend at an early stage and equipped the rollers with numerous assistance systems to aid the driver as well as for process documentation and optimization.
An example of this is the compliance with compaction specifications with the aid of the HCQ Navigator. With WITOS HCQ, HAMM is expanding its offering in this area. The new module enables the compaction progress to be monitored – in real time as well as remotely. For example, construction managers will in future be able to obtain comprehensive information on the progress of construction at any time without having to be on site. They will be able to control processes from the office and take decisions on the basis of qualified information. This in turn brings savings in travel time and costs and enables quality improvements to be achieved through timely interventions.
HAMM also sees the potential for even greater efficiency in the optimization of machine utilization with the aid of WITOS FleetView. It facilitates maintenance and diagnostics, speeds up response times in the event of faults and also enables systematic analyses of operating and user behavior. Finally, regular maintenance and timely, cost-optimizing replacement of wearing parts increases roller availability. At the same time, unscheduled downtimes, often involving transport costs and organisational work, are avoided.
Another HAMM approach for the workplace of the future is a remotely controlled compactor that has already been operating for two years at a quarry in Germany. In the Technology Center, visitors can form a picture of the application and experience what is already possible today.
If the remote control concept is projected further down the line, the so-called shadow rollers quickly lead on to autonomously operating rollers. HAMM has adopted a scientific approach to the subject and has for the first time visualized the thinking on the subject in the form of the "Autonomous Roller F1". This is not based on an actual machine, but is a study on the compaction of the future. It shows what a driverless roller with alternative drive concepts might look like and what technical, organisational and economic opportunities might be derived for road building. At the end of 2018, HAMM was awarded the "Best of Best" award at the Automotive Brand Contest 2018 in the category "Commercial Vehicles" for this innovative vision of the future. Added to this achievement was the "German Design Award 2019 in Gold" in the category "Utility Vehicles" at the beginning 2019. Both are prestigious design prizes awarded by international juries from the automotive and design worlds.