New Products Unveiled at ICUEE

Contractors get the chance to see, try new equipment hitting the market

New Products Unveiled at ICUEE

Vermeer unveiled its new XR2 vacuum excavator at ICUEE.

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Manufacturers exhibiting at the 2019 International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) this week in Louisville, Kentucky, had plenty of new or updated products to showcase to attendees.

“It’s why I love coming to this show,” says Brian Gilbert, a contractor from Florida. “All of these companies are showing off new equipment, we get to try it out, and it’s just a fun show to be at.”

Throughout the massive outdoor exhibit areas, equipment of all kinds — directional drills, vacuum excavators, excavators, trenchers — were running with potential customers giving them a try.

“How else are you going to find out if you want it for your company or not?” Gilbert says, looking at directional drills in both the Ditch Witch and Vermeer booths. “Trying them out is the only way you’re going to find out what you like and don’t like.”

Grand opening

It was hard to miss. A giant wooden crate, about the size of a large semi, in the middle of one of the outdoor exhibitor lots with black letters in all caps reading “DO NOT OPEN UNTIL ICUEE.” 

Vermeer made one of the bigger splashes at ICUEE this year, unveiling its new XR2 vacuum excavator at a press conference on the first day of the show. The XR2 is the industry’s first vacuum excavator equipped with a shaker deck that separates liquids and solids. Material excavated with the XR2 is fed through an onboard deceleration tank that exits through an airlock into a shaker deck where solids and liquids are then separated. The solid material is moved by conveyor toward the rear of the machine where it is discharged and can be carried away or left on the job site, depending on the material. Used slurry water is pumped into one of the four holding tanks for disposal.

The Vermeer XR2 will be available in early 2020 in select regions. The vacuum excavator will also be on display at the 2020 WWETT Show in February and CONEXPO in March.

Going drilling

Wisconsin company Kondex unveiled its new drill heads at the show. 

“It’s a growing market right now and we saw an opportunity,” says Diane Riley, marketing manager for Kondex. “We’re really excited about these drill bits.”

Kondex’s patent-pending design seat belts the carbides in place with laser additive technology. This wear protection is metallurgically bonded to the carbide and base material.

New displays

Topcon Positioning Group announced its new OPUS B-Series display available for the developer, systems integrator and manufacturer market for user-interface design and implementation research. It is the first of a new family of displays designed for rapid, customizable implementation in agricultural, industrial and construction applications. 

The display features a 5-inch touch screen, aluminum housing and customizable frame that can support the color and branding choices of the manufacturer incorporating it into their products.



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