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Plant & Equipment Round-up - 24 August 2012

Tech News - Eco-friendly PC comes with wooden framing

A wood-framed computer called the Iameco is 98% recyclable. Its carbon footprint is 70% less than a typical desktop PC with monitor. It uses heat sinks to cool the computer rather than fans, which saves energy and reduces noise.

LEDs illuminate the screen and improve efficiency by up to 40%, and hazardous materials have been reduced.

Designed with standard components, the touchscreen PC can be retrofitted, repaired and disassembled easily.

It has been produced in a collaboration between Irish firm MicroPro and the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration in Berlin. The pair are now developing a wooden framed notebook.

The Iameco has won the EU Ecolabel, an EU-wide environmental label which helps consumers to identify products that have a reduced environmental impact during their lifecycle.

High reach of excavator brought in for demolition

The first Doosan DX700LC 70-tonne crawler excavator to be bought by the demolition industry has been snapped up by Bristol-based demolition firm Wring Group.  

The DX700LC will form the base unit for a new super-high reach excavator, utilising a refurbished 37m long arm. The high-reach equipment will be the largest of the four such excavators in the Wring fleet.

Feeding on biodegradable and compostable plastics

Mater-Bi plastic produced by Novamont, that is both biodegradable and compostable, has been used to make cutlery, straws, cups and lids for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Mater-Bi is used by Novamont’s main processing partners Ecozema and SEDA.

Catia Bastioli, Novamont managing director, says: “We need to take stock and show greater awareness regarding the issue of the end-of-life of so many everyday products and, therefore, the waste we produce and dispose of.”

Wood recycler responds to delays from Olympics

Hadfield Wood Recyclers has extended the opening hours at its Tilbury, Essex, site during the Olympic Games period to help customers avoid traffic congestion

and delays.

Businesses were urged to take precautions to minimise the impact of road closures, diversions and congestion.

Extended opening hours run until 14 September.

E Series hammer line is extended by two

Caterpillar is expanding the E Series hammer line with the addition of a H75Es and H95Es, designed for backhoe loaders and small excavators. E Series hammers are wholly designed, engineered and manufactured by Caterpillar.

The hammers are fully supported by Cat dealers so that customers can work with a single organisation for machine and work tool parts and service.

Dieselmax engine hits production milestone

JCB has celebrated the production of the 200,000th JCB Dieselmax engine. Around 170,000 engines have been produced at JCB Power Systems in Foston, Derbyshire, and a further 30,000 in India, where manufacturing began in April last year.

In 2006, two modified Dieselmax engines powered the JCB Dieselmax car to a diesel land speed record of 350mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in the US - a record that still stands today.

Bobcat to the rescue of wildlife

Legacy Habitat Management, which protects the habitats of newts, water voles, badgers, otters, snakes and other wildlife, has added a Bobcat E26 zero tail swing (ZTS) excavator to its portfolio.

A large proportion of Legacy’s work is in protecting and preserving habitats disturbed by construction projects such as pipeline installations, road and house building, railways and power, as well as general industry including manufacturing, waste handling and recycling.

The excavator was bought from authorised dealer Wakefield-based MTS Group. It has a four-plate box design for the boom and digging arm which reduces weight at the working end and has helped to increase stability.

The machine does not extend beyond the footprint of the track, minimising the possibility of damage to the machine and the surrounding environment.

Matt Dixon, managing director of Legacy Habitat Management, says: “The ability to easily tow the E26 to and from sites all around the UK, combined with the costs saved by not having to hire machines, will ensure a fairly quick return on our investment.”


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