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The Plantworx Innovation Award winners were announced at a ceremony held at 10-11 Cartlon Terrace House in central London, the former home of Prime Minister William Gladstone.

Hosted by CEA (Construction Equipment Association)’s chief executive, Rob Oliver, 45 guests gathered to celebrate the winners of the 2017 Innovation Awards, which recognise and celebrate those innovative companies, products and services that have made a major impact in the construction equipment industry.The standard and volume of entries this year indicates an industry full of innovative ideas for the construction sector.

SECURITY – SPONSORED BY SKM ASSET FINANCE Winner: Datatag – MicroCESAR MicroCESAR has been designed to protect small

power tools from theft in the same way that the original CESAR System has proved to be a powerful theft deterrent and an invaluable aid in recovery of both compact and larger construction equipment. It uses the same Datatag security marking technology

to give each piece of equipment a unique and permanent “fingerprint” that thieves cannot remove. The combination of a unique Datatag RFID transponder and a tamper proof warning/registration label with an integrated QR code means the Police can quickly and easily verify the ownership of a piece of equipment without special equipment or lengthy laboratory testing. The QR code embedded in the label can be used to access stock management information, as well as on-line health and safety advice and user manuals.

COMMITMENT TO SKILLS AND TRAINING – SPONSORED BY THE CEA SKILLS COUNCIL Winner: Hire Association Europe Hire Association Europe, won the category with

its innovative use of gaming technology for health and safety training, including 360o video, 3D animation, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR). The first modules are for working at height and cut-off saws, with users working with VR to select the correct PPE and identify areas of risk. They will soon be followed by modules for dust,

noise and HAVS, and other product groups like breakers, angle grinders and diamond drilling.

ENVIRONMENT – SPONSORED BY THE CEA Winner: Red Rhino Crushers – Red Rhino 5000 Electric Tracked Crusher

The Red Rhino RR5000 Electric Tracked Crusher, was initially developed as a

bespoke machine for an underground mine in France, but has proved so popular that Red Rhino has taken it into full production. The crusher is powered from mains electricity, and only uses 24kW of power, when a comparable sized diesel- powered machine would use more than 60 litres of fuel per day, with the resulting exhaust and noise emissions.

Tough Mudder

Bosch and Tough Mudder celebrate a hatrick of partnerships in 2017 The Bosch Professional Power Tools and Tough Mudder UK Partnership goes from strength to strength as it enters its third year of joint venture to deliver the toughest, muddiest most energising and uplifting challenge available anywhere on the British Isles. The rugged tests of mental endurance and physical versatility demand nothing less than fully committed teamwork as Mudders quickly learn that co-operation is key. Three of the brand new, fiendish obstacles for 2017 were unveiled at a special preview day in Canary Wharf. The Mud Chute event also gave happy Team Bosch

Mudders the chance to get valuable training tips before the first event in West London on April 29th, which will also see the awesome new Bosch Basecamp challenge revealed!

Bosch Power Tools are used for the course

construction and David Solan is the man tasked with organising the course build for each of the seven venues across the UK in 2017. “Our obstacle build sites can be really remote,” he explained “the logistics of getting our build materials to our sites is one of the most challenging parts of the job. Your tools letting you down when you’re an hour’s drive in a 4x4 from your site store is the last thing you need. Durability, versatility and long battery life is a must, not an option.” This year Bosch Power Tools will be adding the

wide-ranging benefits of connectivity to the Mudder build, enabling the construction team to both remotely load preferred settings to their tools and enjoy hands-free adjustments to maximise efficiency. Steve Hillier is Marketing Director at Bosch Professional Power Tools and looking forward to the start of the season: “The Tough Mudder team manages to deliver fresh challenges each year and we share a strong ethos of teamwork which really adds a sizzle to our working together.” Check out the incredible story of how a Tough Mudder is built here. The complete range of connected Bosch Power Tools will be rolled out through the year.


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