As the year draws to it's end, we take the opportunity to look back over what has been a busy 12 Months for A&Y Equipment.
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Happy New Year from everyone at A&Y!
The year began with news of a big change from Yanmar. The excavators would be having a colour change.
The cabs from green to black as well as the rams from yellow to black.
This change would not happen straight away but be gradually rolled out during the course of the year, aiming to be completely changed to the new design by December.
In February we made the annual trip to Coventry's Ricoh Arena for the Executive Hire Show. This year visitors were able to see two new 1.5 tonne mini excavators, the SV16 and SV18.
Improvements included two speed travel, a flow sharing hydraulic system, proportional control on the hammer circuit, more power with lower fuel consumption plus Yanmar's three year warranty.
A variety of other equipment from our ranges was also on display, making our stand a popular place for visitors.
A kit is available now that increases the width of Rammax 1575 Trench Rollers from
640 mm to 850 mm.
The extensions enable the same roller to fit into tight spaces yet also be adjusted to maximise productivity when such opportunities arise.
The articulated oscillating rollers will continue to be offered at widths of 640 mm and 850 mm. As of March 2015 the 640 mm version was able to extended to 850 mm with the use of this kit.
The production gained by utilising the extendable drum kit is significant. The extensions increase the roller width by nearly 33 percent.
April 17th saw the 60 000th Yanmar machine to come of the production line at the factory in Saint Dizier, France.
The machine in question was an SV18, part of the new SV series developed in 2014: short tail excavators in the weight category from 1,5 to 2 tonnes.
Ammann has earned three coveted Red Dot Awards for outstanding product design. The awards are considered Europe’s highest design honours.
Ammann won Red Dot Awards for the Ammann APH 110-95, a three-shaft hydrostatic vibratory plate compactor; the Ammann Rammax 1575 Trench Roller; and the Ammann ARX 90 Articulated Tandem Roller.
An international jury of 38 design professionals from 25 countries evaluated the products and chose winners from among nearly 5,000 entries. The jury only awards the sought-after seal of quality to products that set themselves apart significantly through exceptional design.
There was plenty of interest on the impressive A&Y stand at June's Plantworx show. Despite the weathers best efforts on day 1, thousands of people passed through the gates at Bruntingthorpe Proving ground and many took in the large variety of equipment on show from A&Y. Including: Cormidi tracked carriers, Ammann Compaction plates, tandem rollers, single drum rollers, Zero tail swing excavators, semi zero swing excavators and a Prinoth Panther tracked carrier.
Oh and who could forget YB25, the 40 year old excavator taking centre stage!
You can now increase dig depth by 9% with a ViO80 and SV100 as a Long arm option is now available.
This will give these machines yet more versatility as Dig reach, dig depth and maximum unloading height all increase with the long arm.
The B7 Sigma excavator with its triple articulated boom and a reach of 8250mm, whilst having complete rotation within the crawler width was nominated for an Innovation Award at the Demolition Expo in Reading.
The Sigma gained a lot of attention within the demolition industry and stood out as a highly viable Midi excavator with plenty of versatility.
2015 saw Ammann release an app for Apple and Android users.
This app is primarily dedicated as an online resource for service technicians, who are occupied with the maintenance of machinery developed and distributed by Ammann Group, but also is a great tool to have for anyone running or interested in Ammann Machinery.
The app provides access to manuals, videos and further media for the whole range of Ammann machinery and equipment.
Additionally, the app provides an internal scanner to read and process QR codes.
Mawsley Machinery, long term Yanmar dealers for us took on the full Ammann Compaction range in October.
Dealers for; Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Mawsley pride themselves on having a valuable knowledge database and being trusted dealers of both new and used plant and construction equipment in the UK and worldwide.
In November we fitted a grapple to a ViO57 to be used for forestry work. The operator from HMC Forestry even proclaimed it was the ''best thing since sliced bread''
The ViO57 weighs 5325kg and is true zero tail swing (neither the counterweight nor front part of the upper frame exceed the crawler width), which offers extraordinary tight turning and the confidence to work effectively in narrow spaces.
Stability and exceptional lifting capacties are essential for this machine as it will often be working with the arm fully extended. Thanks to the combination of a wide counterweight,
asymmetric crawlers (system patented by Yanmar VICTAS®), and excellent weight
distribution, provide the ViO57U with just that.
Most recently the all terrain C50 tracked carrier has had both an internal and external upgrade.
In addition to new paint design and decals it now comes complete with the latest Tier 4i engine
The C50R-3C is ideal for use on: slopes, sand and soft and swampy areas.