As a global player and technology leader in the compaction technology sector, HAMM ranks among the most popular brands in the world. The portfolio encompasses rollers for the horticultural sector, landscaping and small road construction all the way to equipment for the construction of racing circuits, freeways, airports and state-of-the-art bridge structures.
Robust engineering – a track record of innovation stretching back 140 years
Since HAMM's foundation in 1878, innovation has been the constant driving force behind the development of the company and its technologies. As well as refining existing processes, it also involves the courage to adopt new ideas and re-examine existing thinking. An early example from the company's history is the switch from making mobile agricultural machinery to compaction technology at the beginning of the 20th century. Since that time, the course of the company has been shaped by innovations. Some of the important milestones in the history of road construction, developed and made market-ready by HAMM, are the world's first diesel-powered road roller in 1911, the first all-wheel drive for rollers in 1932, the first pneumatic tire roller launched in 1963, oscillation compaction in the 1980s, networked compaction with HCQ since the beginning of the new century and – most recently – the power hybrid train. At the same time, HAMM consistently focused on the needs of the drivers and pioneered the design of rollers according to ergonomic principles. Today, with its new Easy Drive operating concept, HAMM offers an absolutely simple, language-neutral and intuitive operating system for tandem rollers, pneumatic tire rollers and compactors – and satisfies the most demanding requirements in terms of driver comfort at the same time.
The quest for innovation continues
The pioneering spirit that gave birth to such groundbreaking developments is still alive and well 140 years after the company's foundation. "The satisfaction derived from continuous optimization inspires our teams to come up with ever new ideas. These form the basis for our efficient, powerful and environment-friendly machines and solutions for road construction," says Dr. Stefan Klumpp, Chief Technology Officer at HAMM. And of course, the developers are already laying the foundations for the technologies of the future. One important topic for the future is autonomous driving. An important component of this is the test track on which the driverless HAMM rollers have already been operating for some time. A further project was realized in 2017 in the form of a fully remote-controlled compactor – the machines have by now already been in operation for a number of months.