Following a long hiatus, demand for piling rigs is firming up once again. According to foundation equipment manufacturers, demand had slowed due to the pandemic, which had put a restriction on construction work and labour availability. With work halting and machines lying idle, sub-contractors and rental agencies had found it difficult to repay the loans on their equipment and to go for newer purchases. But the scenario is changing and there is a sense of businesses being revived.
Now, with the Government’s renewed focus on development of roads, expressways, metro railways in tier 2 and 3 cities, high-speed railway projects, ports and jetties, the construction industry is seeing fresh demand for foundation equipment. The current demand is expected to remain buoyant as the Government is lining up further expansions of big-ticket infrastructure projects. There is demand for piling rigs that can work on both hard and soft strata, and also for equipment that can undertake new construction processes such as the construction of diaphragm walls.
“Though business is challenging, we are maintaining our premium position in the industry with our proven solutions that adheres to construction time lines , even when working on larger diameters of 1500-2000 mm. Our advanced state of the Art technology assures better handling of large dia piles and challenging hard soil strata . Our base carriers are ment for multi-application usage and with the aid of a suitable conversion kits , our machines can be easily converted to other civil foundation applications like Dwall grabs , CFA, Stone column , Displacement piles etc etc. This feature entails much lower capital investment to a contractor who can convert his piling machine or a Dwall machine to any of above applications at any point . Our equipment’s are equipped with a very efficient hydraulic power platform with PLC controlled hydraulics resulting in optimum operational efficiency . The machines has digital display system inside control cabin which shows instantaneous data of most of the performing parameters which can help the contractor to closely monitor the machine and fine tune its working methodology and avoid unnecessary breakdowns.
Casagrande Grabs are quite popular all over the world for its economical excavation and India too we are the most preferred suppliers of Dwall equipment especially for challenging Under Ground Metro rail projects and construction of Deep basements for commercial and residential buildings . Casagrande can offer Kelly guided grabs and also Rope suspended grabs for soil as well as Hard soil strata . for construction of diaphragm walls. It would not be out of place to mention here that Most of the Dwall contractors including corporates are using Casagrande Grabs.
Casagrande has also successfully introduced Non vibratory stone column construction technology In India and our this patented technology is being used for a prestigious Freight corridor Project near Mumbai “ Contractors having Casagrande Piling or Dwall machines can easily convert their machines to Stone column application. We have been creating awareness amongst corporate customers and sub-contractors on the utility of our value-for-money products, given their high reliability and performance efficiency.
Casagrande, which claims to command a very high resale value of its foundation equipment as compared to its competitors, is offering presales support, based on its in-depth knowledge of diverse soil strata and operating conditions in India. “We will handhold our customers from presales to commissioning to post sales,” says Raina. Casagrande has its regional offices in Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chennai , and close to 400 units of its foundation equipment are working in India, supported by its dedicated and factory trained engineers backed by a large inventory of parts in Delhi and Chennai.
Sany Heavy Industries India
He informs that Sany India offers a comprehensive range of piling rigs of 70 kN.m output torque upto 580 kN.m, and has 300 piling rigs currently working at various projects across the country. “Our piling rigs operate on the hydraulic system for driving piles into soil, clay, pebble beds, and rock surfaces for providing foundation support to structures. These rigs have class-leading rotary drive torque, excellent drilling speeds, and up to 10-15% higher operation stability.”
Sany rigs come equipped with sophisticated EVI telematics suite that operates on GPS and gives customers real time data, alarms for schedule maintenance and breakdowns, machine location, fuel level, rpm of the engine, and generates monthly/quarterly reports on the machine’s performance. The intelligent engine system further leads to fuel efficiency by generating power according to the need of the system. Further, Sany India piling rigs emit lower noise and air pollution, and have lower fuel consumption.
LIPOS®, Liebherr’s positioning system, enables exact and significantly faster alignment of deep foundation machines and their attachment tools. Moreover, it eliminates stake out work, which leads to time and cost savings with drilling or piling jobs. The system is based on modern DGNSS (Differential Global Navigation Satellite System) and therefore achieves the best possible conditions for precise and efficient positioning of Liebherr machines and their attachments. LIPOS® is fully integrated in the existing IT solutions of Liebherr and are compatible with a wide range of deep foundation machines.
Says Molankar, “In the LB series, we offer drill rigs that produce nominal torque from 200 kNm to 510 kNm. The “LRB series” comprises of four models. These are offered based on the different pilling applications. The LRH series currently has two models viz. LRH 100 and the LRH 600, which are basically offered for impact pile driving. Our HS series duty cycle crawler cranes ranging from 40 t to 300 t capacity can also be used for foundation applications like dynamic soil compaction, clamshell applications, slurry wall installations, casing oscillator, vibro-flot etc.”
To deliver its value-added services during pre-and post-sales, Liebherr is offering XpertAssist - a service that offers contractors advanced technical assistance alongside traditional technical support, via an audio-video connection. This real time service can be used for regular maintenance, for general enquiries, and is especially effective in the event of a malfunction. “Our XpertAssist XpertAssist includes several services which Liebherr technicians can apply, either individually or in combination, in order to best support during downtime or troubleshooting. Our customers can enjoy increased availability, longer service life, and reduced service costs for each machine registered with XpertAssist,” informs Molankar.
Liebherr’s LiDAT teleservice also enables efficient troubleshooting through remote access to machine’s controls such as operator monitor, I/O values, message stack, etc. “Remote adjustments are made only by observing all the safety norms and regulations,” says Molankar.
Schwing Stetter India
Schwing Stetter India-XCMG has a wide range of piling rigs from 60 KN ton to 800ton KN torque capacity. They cover bore diameters of 500 to 4600mm and for depths up to 150 meters. The company also has diaphragm wall grab equipment and trench cutters.
Schwing Stetter is strengthening its operator training programs, and is laying emphasis on onsite maintenance through its senior service engineers and training personnel. The company is in the process of building a strong technical team to understand the equipment and customer requirements as part of pre-sales support, and to offer improved after-sales and parts support for its equipment. XCMG foundation equipments are promoted through Schwing’s Stettersin-house sales and support channels.The machines are currently working at DMRC, CMRL(Chennai Metro) BMRL(Bangalore Metro), Mumbai Metro, in road cum rail bridge projects, HSRP (high speed rail) in Gujarat, among some other projects.