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Executive Hire News › Archives › November/December 2016 › Executive Report : Showman's saves energy

Executive Report : Showman's saves energy

EHN reviews a selection of new products launched at the recent Showman's Show in Newbury for the events market.

A striking characteristic of this year’s Showman’s Show was the considerable number of exhibitors with new products designed to meet event organisers’ demands for environmentally-friendly equipment to lower their carbon footprint. Being launched at the event was Morris Site Machinery’s TL-90 iLED, which has four 300W LED lamps. The manufacturer was highlighting the fact that the machine is fitted with a sophisticated telemetry system that enables it to be switched on and off remotely via an app on a mobile phone or computer, as well as monitoring operational parameters such as battery condition and fuel level, sending alert messages if necessary.

Morris says that, as well as improving efficiency, this can enhance Health & Safety as operators do not need to negotiate construction sites or highway verges to control the lights. The company also announced that it has been appointed as the UK distributor for generators made by Inmesol of Spain, which span power outputs of between 6kVA and 500kVA, and which will complement the Denyo models that Morris currently offers.

BGG UK launched the LiON hybrid lighting tower which incorporates a 1,500rpm Kohler water-cooled diesel engine and a Lithium-ion battery pack. The former re-charges the battery during daylight hours, so the machine can run without engine assistance during the night, giving silent operation. The company says that 2.5 hours of charging provides sufficient power for 10 hours’ operation at 80% depth of discharge, with no emissions. The LED lamps are claimed to give similar output to that of metal halide fittings.

Illumin8, an Essex-based lighting equipment hirer established a year ago by Neil Fenwick, the former MD of Brightlights that was acquired by A-Plant, was one of several exhibitors displaying eco-friendly mobile lighting towers supplied by Trime UK, a new manufacturer on which we will report in more depth in our January/February Executive Hire Show Preview issue.

Also making its debut was the GS100RS generator displayed by JCB Power Products, from the company’s new Rental RS range. Models offer power outputs from 20kVA to 2000kVA and incorporate Stage 3a compliant engines. Various control options are available, including synchronisation capability, and the machines have powder-coated steel canopies, single point lifting and fork lift pockets.

Thermobile was amongst several suppliers displaying new heating equipment, including a range of indirect-fired propane models from 16kW to 45kW, claimed to have an efficiency rating of 91%. Also on the stand was the Coolmobile CR, an electric machine which can be used to both cool and heat marquees and other temporary structures. The largest model, the CR34, provides a maximum air flow of 7,000m3 per hour.

New from Arcotherm is an enhanced line-up of Jumbo indirect-fired heaters, which incorporate a heat exchanger that is said to have an efficiency level of up to 93%. Major components such as the fan, burner assembly and thermostat have quick-release couplings to facilitate maintenance, and models are available with outputs from 81kW to 218kW.

Safety Lifting Gear gave details of the rigging, lifting and fall protection equipment that it offers under the Roadcrew brand to suppliers serving the event industry, ranging from chain hoists and staging platforms, to harnesses and lanyards. The company says it also intends to launch a new line-up of material handling products at the Executive Hire Show.

Known to tool and equipment hirers for its business management software, inspHire promoted a system it has developed especially for the audio-visual and event hire markets under the Current brand. It is hosted and access entirely over the internet, enabling users to access and update information in the field or wherever they have a web connection. The software is designed to record details regarding hire and sales transactions, crew logistics, transportation and venue data.

Another software supplier, Syrinx, which will eventually adopt the name Point of Rental following its recent acquisition by the US-based developer, gave details of additional products it can now offer. Rental Essentials is a simple on-line system that can be used to handle orders placed via the internet, while the Expert package gives capabilities such as processing purchase orders and invoices, and can integrate with GPS tracking systems. Also available is Elite, described as a suite of business management applications, which can be customised to meet the needs of larger hire organisations.

HAE and its sister organisation, the Event Hire Association, promoted a number of new initiatives including new Codes of Practice scheduled to be published early next year. These include new guidance on Marquees and Temporary Structures, and on Portable Sanitation.

A-Plant was amongst a number of hirers that were once again exhibiting at the Show, and, on the first day, it announced that it had completed the acquisition of Lion Trackhire for a total consideration of £38m. It will be merged with the Eve trackway activity, which it bought in 2013, and the combined operation will adopt the new name, Live, from 1 January, supplying trackway panels, fencing and barriers. Live will be managed by Dale Robinson, who has previously worked for Eve and also founded Lion. “We see real scope for growth in the supply of trackway for transmission and construction projects. HS2, for example, is going to be huge for temporary access.” A-Plant says it is also keen to grow Lion’s business in Germany, where it has a presence, and to further develop the European market.

Hewden’s display included a preview of new turf protection panels that the hirer will be introducing in the New Year for use at stadiums and other facilities with grass surfaces. The Terraflor system is designed to maintain a moist atmosphere under the tiles to enable grass to grow, and the panels have an overlap to prevent litter and liquids reaching the turf. Also available will be TerraTrak Plus, which offers the additional benefit of enabling sunlight to penetrate, allowing photosynthesis to take place for healthy grass.

Another product range designed to minimise damage to turf is the articulating compact loaders from Avant. Making their debut on the company’s stand was a range of Tent Ox attachments for use in erecting or taking down marquees and similar structures. Implements available include pallet forks, tent peg hammers, post carriers, stake pullers and an attachment for raising canopies. Global Export Sales Manager Jukka Vaatovaara told EHN that the company has offered these for two years in America and now sees potential for them in the UK. •

     
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