Follow-Up Report Conexpo 2023

The Wirtgen Group and John Deere at CONEXPO 2023

We Take a Closer Look at Ecological and Economic Potentials

When Las Vegas calls, the entire industry comes. For the Wirtgen Group and John Deere, both represented separately at North America’s biggest construction trade show for many years, this year’s event was something of a premiere: namely the first time the two companies shared a booth at CONEXPO.

On a total exhibition space of around 81,000 sq ft (7,500 m²), visitors to the show were treated to an enormous range of innovative products and digital solutions – including world and CONEXPO premieres and machines designed especially for the North American markets. The appearance at the show was dominated by the big issues that will shape the future of the construction industry – sustainability, digitalization, automation, and electrification, and the question of what solutions already exist and how the overall ecological and economic potentials of construction projects can be optimized from end-to-end by the use of smart Production Systems.

The Wirtgen Group and John Deere present their own dedicated Production Systems for applications in the industry sectors Roadbuilding, Site Development, Aggregates and Underground. Find out more about this in the video.

The Ideal Production Systems for Every Application and Construction Sector

Perfectly coordinated Production Systems are an ideal basis for efficient and sustainable on-site operations

This concept was reflected by the booth, which was correspondingly subdivided into exhibition areas representing the four main categories: Roadbuilding, Site Development, Aggregates, and Underground. At the booth, machines and equipment that interact in Production Systems were presented in real-life configurations that enabled visitors to gain a good impression of potential synergy effects. In addition to this, the Technology Pavilion presented the corresponding digital system solutions and assistance systems.

Production Systems – The Efficient End-To-End Solution

A production system is an end-to-end solution that enables efficient and sustainable realization of a (road) construction project. This includes correctly-dimensioned machines – or combinations of machines – with perfectly tailored features and equipment options and the ideal applications and methods. In order to guarantee maximum efficiency and sustainability in construction projects, Production Systems also make use of appropriate, process-relevant assistance or automation systems. At the same time, digital documentation systems provide transparent tracking and analysis of all project-relevant information both during the project and after its completion.

Exhibition Area: Roadbuilding

Premium Wirtgen products for cold milling, recycling, soil stabilization, and concrete paving stood side-by-side with user-friendly Vögele pavers, and innovative Hamm rollers for the road construction sector.

Roadbuilding: Efficient and Sustainable Solutions for Road Construction and Rehabilitation

Wirtgen is constantly expanding the range of applications covered by its cold milling machines.

Wirtgen provided insights into its portfolio of cold milling machines for construction sites of all sizes: No matter whether a high-performance, rear-loading, half-meter class milling machine, compact front-loaders for working widths up to 4 ft 3 in (1.3 m), or two of the extremely versatile F series large milling machines – each and every one of them delivers maximum performance and highest productivity.

An overview of our range of cold milling machines can be found here .

Innovative cold milling technologies increase performance and productivity

Mill Assist Machine Control System

In automatic mode, the Mill Assist machine control system with the working strategies “ECO”, “performance-optimized”, and “milling pattern quality” always strikes the most favorable balance between performance and operating costs and responds dynamically to changing conditions. While the low speed range enables significant reductions in fuel consumption and minimizes pick wear, the upper speed range enables the achievement of an optimal milling pattern, even in the case of higher area performance rates.

Learn more about the innovative Mill Assist machine control system here .

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Wirtgen Performance Tracker (WPT)

Wirtgen Performance Tracker (WPT) enables precise and reliable documentation of milling performance and provides the most important information to the machine operator in real-time. On completion of the milling work, the system generates a report containing all performance and consumption data – this ensures a high degree of transparency and reduces the time, effort, and costs involved in finalizing the project.

Discover more about Wirtgen Performance Tracker here .

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Outstanding Versatility for Inset and Offset Concrete Paving

Wirtgen presented the new generation of slipform pavers with two particularly adaptable machines. The SP 15i enables variable positioning of the slipform paving mold – a particular advantage when producing monolithic profiles with the offset paving method. The SP 94i is a fully modular inset slipform paver in the 10-meter class.

All Wirtgen slipform pavers at a glance .

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Wirtgen AutoPilot 2.0

The Wirtgen AutoPilot 2.0 system for stringless paving increases process efficiency and safety and is available for all offset pavers and placer/spreaders. The system provides machine control and remote control in one.

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Vögele Pavers for All Paving Tasks

With a selection of products developed especially for the North American market and international paver models, Vögele showed a fascinating cross-section from the Mini, Compact, Universal, and Highway classes. The Vögele range covers the entire spectrum of paving tasks in road construction, from narrow walkways and cycleways in inner-city areas to urban and rural roads, and the rehabilitation of highways and freeways. By the way: All pavers and screeds are manufactured at the brand headquarters in Germany, are ideally matched to one another, and are designed and constructed to deliver highest productivity, efficiency, and precision. Find out more about the individual paver models in our Press Release .

Hamm: Innovative Machine Technology and Digital Solutions for the Asphalt Paving Sector

Hamm also presented a program packed with highlights and innovative developments for the road construction industry, including completely battery-electric powered roller models from the globally successful HD CompactLine, HX series pivot-steered tandem rollers, the HD+ 120i VIO-2 HF articulated tandem roller, and a world première: the HP 100i articulated pneumatic-tire roller – the ideal roller for applications such as chipseal and asphalt compaction on smaller construction sites. You can find detailed information about the individual machines in our Press Release .

Production Systems for the Road Construction Sector: Teamed-Up for Maximum Efficiency.

What role can the efficient interaction of Wirtgen Group machines and technical solutions play in the realization of road construction projects with maximum efficiency and sustainability? In the “Roadbuilding” exhibition space, a concrete example enabled visitors to discover how Production Systems can increase the efficiency of road construction processes.

The combination of a W 380 CRi cold recycler, a SUPER 2000-3i Highway Class paver, and the new HD+ 120i VIO-2 HF articulated tandem roller offers the ultimate in economic and ecological potential. As a rear loader with a mixing capacity of up to 800 t/h, the W 380 CRi is the ideal choice when it comes to the rehabilitation of wide roadways, and can be used for both cold in-place recycling (CIR) and full-depth reclamation (FDR) projects.

Exhibition Area: Site Development/Earthworks and Rock Engineering

There was plenty to discover in this category, too: sustainable and resource-friendly machine solutions for cold recycling and soil stabilization from Wirtgen, innovative technologies from Hamm for the earthworks and rock engineering sectors, as well as construction machines and equipment from John Deere.

Machines That Do the Groundwork: At this year’s CONEXPO Hamm and Wirtgen presented premium-machines for soil stabilization and soil compaction.

Cold Recycling and Soil Stabilization Play a Decisive Role in the Conservation of Valuable Resources

The WR 200 XLi and WR 250i recyclers with all-wheel drive impress with outstanding on the job and resource-friendly technologies. The WR series recyclers benefit from digital system solutions such as the AutoTrac automatic steering system and WPT, which play an essential role in the conservation of resources during soil stabilization.

The WR series recyclers can be used for both cold recycling and soil stabilization. Thanks to a working width of 2.4 m and high milling and mixing performance, they are also ideal for use on challenging projects with high daily productivity requirements.

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The AutoTrac Satellite-Based Steering System

The satellite-based AutoTrac steering system facilitates precise and efficient execution of each successive project step and steers the machine within tolerances measured in centimeters. This assures that the ideal working width of the machine is always used.

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North American Premiere: HC Series Earthworks Compactors

With the HC series, Hamm unites the advantages of all compactors with working weights of 11–25 t on a single platform. The entirely new HC series compactors achieve high levels of compaction and are simultaneously optimized to minimize CO₂ emissions. They also feature a range of new communication capabilities: All models of the HC series are "digital-ready", which means that they can be equipped with various interfaces and apps for the digital construction site such as, for example, the Smart Doc digital site documentation system. Thanks to ECO Mode, all models work in the economical partial-load range for most of the time.

Exhibition Area: Aggregates/Materials Processing

In the third category, the focus was set on the cost-efficient processing of stone, rock, and recycling materials.

Kleemann brought a broad selection from its extensive product portfolio to CONEXPO and presented five mobile crushing and screening plants and the SPECTIVE operating system. No less than three of the plants were shown in North America for the first time.

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SPECTIVE operating concept with new functions

  • Intuitive touch panel control
  • Wireless remote control
  • Ideal synchronization of components
  • Process information/reports to a smartphone
  • SPECTIVE CONNECT with new configuration tool for the selection of correct machine settings

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Intelligent Line Coupling

For automatic optimization of the crushing process between crushing plants and to achieve maximum utilization rates of the plant train, Kleemann plants can be simply linked with one another by intelligent line coupling. There is now an additional wireless option as an alternative to the safety-relevant cable coupling version. Wireless line coupling is easier to handle and makes the everyday work of the operator easier.

Find out more in our Press Release

Exhibition Area: Underground

Here’s where we go below the surface: John Deere offers a wide range of equipment for underground applications such as trenching, pipe laying, loading and placement of bedding materials, filling, and compaction. The new HTC trench roller from Hamm for compaction in trenches was one of the highlights of our show.

The “Underground” exhibition area was dominated by machines and equipment from John Deere. Top right: the new trench roller from Hamm

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Conexpo Premiere for the Hamm’s HTC 15 Trench Roller for Compaction in Trenches

The new HTC 15 articulated trench roller from Hamm for compaction in trenches celebrated its trade show premiere at CONEXPO. Its two 82 cm-wide padfoot drums are ideal for compacting cohesive soils, and the machine is operated by infrared remote control. The advantage of this is that the machine stops working immediately when it is out of the line of sight, and that there is no interference with radio communication on the construction site

Photo: The HTC 15 has a low center of gravity and, consequently, an extremely low tendency to tip or overturn.

The Digital Twin of CONEXPO 2023

Anyone who didn’t manage to get to this year’s show still has the chance to take a virtual tour of our booth and learn all about our exhibits at the show. Join us on a guided tour of the outdoor and indoor areas of our booth at CONEXPO and see all the highlights for yourself.

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