Alexander Greschner, CSO Wacker Neuson SE in an interview with LECTURA Press
9 August 2018
Alexander Greschner, CSO Wacker Neuson SE speaks with LECTURA Press about Wacker Neuson Zero Emission equipment and machines, new product launches and the increasing digitization and automation of the industry.
A look at the upcoming fairs: Can you tell us more about the products and technologies to be launched later this year?
Wacker Neuson is already a leader in zero emission construction equipment and machinery. We are continuing to expand this pioneering role. This year's new addition to the series are the electric vibration plate 1850e, which has the same battery as the battery-powered steamer, which has been on the market for years, and the all-electric EZ17e mini excavator. Another highlight will be the launch of our Dual View dumpers, which will establish new standards for construction site safety. A 180 ° turn of the entire operating and control console ensures optimum visibility for the machine operator.
With the ET35 and the EZ36, Wacker Neuson is introducing two new 3.5 ton excavators to its machine park. What are the defining features of these machines?
For the 3.5 ton mini excavators, well-proven features of larger models have been consistently enhanced. A completely new design and interior as well as additional equipment options ensure a productive and fatigue-free working environment. Both models are characterized by fast work cycles, as well as very precise and efficient work. This is made possible by optimized hydraulics and the revised engine-pump management system. The EZ36 was designed to be a Zero Tail excavator without a tail swing, especially for jobs on narrow construction sites, as is often the case in inner-city areas.
Digitization - What requirements does Industry 4.0 place on the sale of construction machinery?
We divide the field of digitization into three areas: Smart Production, Smart Office and Connected Site. The key aspect for us is that all these different areas can provide a clear customer benefit. We see great potential particularly in the areas of training and services. After the first on site tests with customers and dealers, we were able to clearly determine that we have taken the right path and that we can significantly increase efficiency and speed with the help of digitization.
What role will data play in the world of construction machinery in the future?
Today, but also in the future, fleet management and service-supporting solutions will play an important role, for example for machine localization services, efficiency monitoring and enhancement. Machine data is also used to speed up the solution of machine errors, and thereby increasing machine uptime. For example, the machine sends an error code to the service technician which assured that information relevant to the maintenance and correction of the malfunction is available to the driver prior to the start. In the long term, the frequency of machine maintenance will also be reduced as maintenance can be adjusted according to the condition of the machine and its actual use.
Source: LECTURA GmbH Verlag