BOMAG has hosted its biennial customer show and conference, „Innovation Days“, at its headquarters in Boppard. Some 1,200 guests from about 60 countries participated in practical and informative two-day group events. The week-long Innovation Days also saw the first introduction of the newly erected demonstration and training centre to a large external audience.
Approximately 1,200 guests from about 60 countries, from Ireland via Rwanda, China and Kazakhstan to far-away New Zealand, attended BOMAG’s third Innovation Days. In two-day workshops and presentations they experienced the company’s products in action, learned about new and key technologies from the compaction experts in Boppard and witnessed manufacturing first-hand in factory tours.
“For us, our biennial Innovation Days are the most important BOMAG event because they give our customers the opportunity to tangibly experience our products. In our new demonstration facility we are able to show our new ideas and technologies in a realistic construction site environment “, said Ralf Junker, President of BOMAG. “Our strength lies in our engineering expertise, our production range and our quality standards. We are convinced that close partnership and co-creation with our customers are the key element to meeting market demands successfully. Our credo is always, ‘Customer first!’“.
This year’s Innovation Days were the first conducted in the newly erected demonstration and training centre. It is equipped with five training rooms as well as three service workshops. The adjacent demonstration grounds, as large as a football field and including a roofed hall, holds about 400 seats and offers ideal conditions to exhibit BOMAG products in a real-life construction environment as well as sufficient space to train customers on the machines. With this investment BOMAG continues to strengthen its extraordinary customer orientation and further improves the knowledge transfer to operators for an even more efficient use of the products.
Jonathan Stringham, Vice President Marketing at BOMAG and responsible for the demonstration and training centre, stresses the value of new facility for BOMAG: “In our new demonstration and training centre we can show our machines and offer trainings in a real life construction site environment. It is important for our customers to see how the machines actually work and what they are able to do.“
In line with the motto, „Building tomorrow with 60 years of experience“, BOMAG presented its extensive product portfolio including a few novelties at the Innovation Days. New introductions were the BW 154 APO and the 174 APO with split drums which are now available. The rollers combine tangential oscillation technology with a split drum, a world first in the compaction sector. With this combination, two advantages come to full fruition: a soft compaction of the surface due to the oscillation and a reduction of the shear forces due to the split drum. Perfect surfaces, even in narrow curves and radii. Furthermore, the drum without belts is entirely maintenance-free.
Another new development is the BW 138, which will be equipped with dual amplitudes starting January 2018. In addition to the standard 0.5 mm amplitude it will feature a second, 0.2 mm amplitude. The second amplitude will reduce vibration, allowing the flexible use of the roller in cities, on very thin asphalt layers or in connection works.
“For us at BOMAG, innovation is part of our corporate culture and the vivid exchange with our customers. A high operator-friendliness is therefore an important aspect in developing new technologies and products. Innovation is often in the detail, like the combination of the existing oscillation technology with a split drum,” so Jonathan Stringham.
A key topic during the Innovation Days was the digitalisation of construction sites. This was illustrated in the example of the Istanbul Airport, currently the world’s largest airport construction site. The project managers Christian Holtz and Rukiye Demiral gave a presentation on the mega-project. There are 136 BOMAG rollers deployed in the airport project spanning 78 million m². 40 of those, of the type BW 226 DH-4, are equipped with an integrated automatic compaction control system (BCM). The combination of BCM, BTM and GPS facilitates effective compaction and reduces the number of conventional tests by 80 percent. To accomplish this, six rollers advance in line and exchange data. This yields more exact results and a better compaction performance than conventional systems can deliver.
„Smart Machines“, „Operational Safety “ as well as „Services 4.0 and Digitalisation“ are the three cornerstones of BOMAG’s product generations. Some of these technologies guests were able to experience live in product demonstrations. Among them were TanGo 4.0, the Economizer, the Asphalt Manager or gas-powered hand-held machines with minimal hand-arm-vibration. The BOMAG Service App for instance combines the company’s service orientation with the opportunities digitalisation offers. Thanks to a QR code, the BOMAG Service App facilitates access to a lot of information about the respective machine, directly onsite in the construction field. This includes product data and operation manuals. The suitable service kit for the product can also be ordered via the App. BOMAG service technicians also use this technology in the field to communicate with the engineers via smart phone. Together with other digital services such as BOMAG Telematic and BCM, BOMAG products today are already equipped for the digital construction sites of tomorrow. For BOMAG, digitalisation is not a dream of the future, but lived reality.