For 2009, organisers are predicting similar visitor figures surpassing the 200,000 mark, while exhibitor space will be 350,000 sq m with a 10,000 sq m open-air demo zone. There had been a 10% increase in the number of exhibitors booking up to attend by the end of January.


Eliminating interference and improving efficiency through the use of remote control systems are the main talking points for radio remote control specialist Autec.

Its MJ joystick controller with data feedback gives operators access to important information on a crane’s functions, including measurements, messages and status, with an OLED display to give improved visibility of the readings.

The MJ-DF joystick controller can also be supplied with the automatic channel search system that checks for interference on the worksite and, if detected, moves the radio communications to a free channel. This occurs automatically, maintaining communications and without the need for manual actions.

“This technology does not require a set plan for the use of working frequencies and, from an operational point of view, chances that the system stops due to interference are drastically reduced, if not eliminated,” Autec said.


The new RX DC mobile HL receiver will be the focus for safety radio remote control producer Hetronic.

It is the latest addition to the HL receiver range, which allows the logics and settings of the radio remote control’s receiver to be programmed through a link with a pocket PC coupled with the H-Link interface card.

The RX DC mobile HL has a voltage input range of 6V–30V DC, allowing it to be connected to most DC power sources, as well as 13 on/off and up to four analogue outputs, and a 30 pin quick disconnect connector

It is designed to a compact 166mm x 114mm x 63mm size, allowing it to be mounted to any mobile equipment requiring wireless control.


Hirschmann’s scalable mobile control system consists of lots of individual units, such as an operating console, controllers and sensors, that customers can arrange into as complex a control network as the machine needs.

The system is based on a modular principle, which Hirschmann says allows it to be adapted at any time to new requirements. Controls have been developed with the EN ISO 13849-1 standard and new machinery directive in mind, and are available in the IP20, IP66/67 and IP6K9K protection classes with a temperature range of -40 degrees C to 70 degrees C. Operating consoles are also designed to withstand a temperature range of -30 degrees C to 70 degrees C.

There are three display sizes (4.3” QVGA, 7” WSVGA, 10.4” VGA/SVGA), three types (monitor only, standalone unit, or unit with integrated PLC) and three modes of operation (by buttons, touch screens or thumbwheels). Builders can mix and match these with at least four types of 32-bit controllers of varying complexity. All of the controllers have the same software, meaning they can be used on all CPUs and updates done by a USB stick without need for a PC.