Great design creates quality and safety
In addition to innovative technologies, the company attaches great value to a successful design. "As a result, ergonomics, functionality and aesthetics are in perfect harmony, and we imbue our rollers with 'HAMM-DNA'," explains Dr Axel Römer, Head of Research and Development at HAMM. By the end of 2021, HAMM had received 38 international design and innovation awards for pioneering, user-friendly products and solutions, and they therefore also play a leading role in this field. "By awarding us these many international design prizes, external, independent professionals have affirmed that, for over 25 years now, we have been on the right track as a construction machine manufacturer with our visions and concepts," reports Dr Stefan Klumpp, Director at HAMM AG. However, design is not an end in itself for the company, since intelligent configuration and the process design of the HAMM rollers help to prevent operator errors, for example. This not only increases safety, it also means that machine efficiency and comfort can be optimised thanks to a well-thought-out design. All in all, this contributes to high-quality compaction.
Revolutionary tandem roller
In 1999, the world's first design award for a roller went to HAMM. At that time, the roller specialist wanted to design the HD series to be more ergonomic and, with this in mind, they completely redesigned the frame and the drum suspension. As a result, for the first time, drivers were able to keep an eye on the entire drum with sprinkling system. Furthermore, it was then also possible to achieve precise edge-finishing along higher walls. In the cab too, a paradigm shift took place at that time – not only was a driver's seat added, but this seat could also be rotated and moved. In doing so, HAMM not only set new standards for the design of articulated tandem rollers. The basic principle of the rotating and sliding driver's seat became established as the standard that was gradually followed by other roller manufacturers too.