Bomag features autonomous Robomag 2 concept roller at CONEXPO-CON/AGG

By Jenny LescohierMarch 06, 2023

Based on the BW 177 D smooth single-drum compactor platform offering a 66.5-in. compaction width, the Robomag 2 concept roller combines Bomag proprietary building block technologies with GPS, Lidar and state-of-the-art position sensors to offer safe, fully autonomous operation

Bomag will display more than 40 products at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, March 14-18 in Las Vegas, including a new autonomous single-drum roller model concept and multiple new models from its e-Performance line of compactors.

In its largest show effort yet, Bomag, together with the Fayat Group, says it will tell the story of “Building Better Roads” through the combination of sustainable machine design, equipment innovation and advanced technologies.

Based on the BW 177 D smooth single-drum compactor platform offering a 66.5-in. compaction width, the Robomag 2 concept roller combines Bomag proprietary building block technologies with GPS, Lidar and state-of-the-art position sensors to offer safe, fully autonomous operation. Increasing flexibility, Robomag offers remote control operation for loading/unloading as well as to complete manually entered movement patterns.

Bomag technologies, such as Asphalt Manager, Bomag Connect and Asphalt PRO, are designed to help contractors deliver a superior final product in fewer passes, using less fuel. 

The CONEXPO-CON/AGG exhibit will feature three new models from the Bomag e-Performance line, including a tamper, single-direction plate and tandem ride-on roller. The battery-powered Bomag BT 60 e tamper combines eco-friendliness with unmatched operator comfort. Its plug-and-play design guarantees easy charging without tools, and an optional quick charger allows for the battery to charge in less than two hours. A maintenance-free electric motor is protected against shock and dirt by a rugged casing to ensure its longevity.

Whether compacting soils or asphalt, the new BP 18/45 e single-direction plate is a climate-friendly, all-around compactor that uses the same battery as the BT 60 e, improving machine efficiencies at the site. It can be used in deep trenches, buildings or tunnels to compact up to 10-in. lifts of gravel/sand plus up to 8-in. mixed soil lifts. Its optional water tank for asphalt compaction features tool-free operation.

The innovative design of the new BW 100 AD e-5 tandem roller features two long-life rechargeable batteries that provide enough power needed for a typical workday. Two high-efficiency electric motors independently control the drum vibration and travel/steering, so only one motor is needed for travel mode to conserve power.

Designed for working at night or in urban areas with its low noise/zero emissions operation, the BW 100 AD e-5 offers a 39.4-in. drum width, 3,900/3,3360-vpm (65/60 Hz) drum frequency and 0.020-in. amplitude.

Featuring 1.97-in. crab steering to efficiently compact around buildings and other obstructions, the new Bomag BW 120 SLC-5 combination roller on display features Intelligent Vibration Control (IVC) to alert the operator in real time when optimum compaction is achieved. Its front vibratory steel drum provides a 47.2-in. working width, while the four rear smooth tires provide a kneading action for optimum compaction.

Three Bomag ride-on rollers – the BW 161 ADO-5 tandem and single-drum BW 211 DH-5 and BW 219 DH-5 – are displayed with the Bomap Connect digital compaction control system. Bomap Connect offers networked control and documentation of all machines involved in the compaction process, regardless of brand, across the entire site. This allows the site to be optimized, saving up to 30% on roller passes, cutting costs and lowering CO2 emissions.

In addition to Bomap Connect, the highway-class BW 174 AP-5 AM and BW 206 AD-5 AM tandem rollers feature Asphalt Manager which vectors drum vibration from true vertical to horizontal, helping the novice operator to achieve the same results as a seasoned veteran. Requiring only the asphalt lift thickness to be entered, compaction force is automatically adjusted relative to material thickness and temperature, and vibration direction is automatically matched to the roller’s travel direction to prevent ripples in the mat.

Booth visitors will have a chance to preview Bomag’s flexible Asphalt Pro cloud-based site planning and management technology. This innovative cloud-based solution permits companies to intelligently plan, optimize and digitally document the entire paving process in real time. The software calculates mix requirements, communicates with the asphalt plant, determines the fastest route to the construction site, and passes process changes to plant personnel and truck drivers.

Rounding out the equipment display are the recently introduced Bomag BM 2200/65 and BM 1200/35-2 cold milling machines, offering 86.6-in. and 47.3-in. maximum cutting widths respectively at depths reaching 13 in. The BM 2200/65 is equipped with Bomag’s exclusive Ion Dust Shield technology for effective reduction of fine dust and particulate matter generated by the milling process. The Ion Dust Shield turns captured fine dust into coarse dust, improving environmental safety on job sites.

From the full line of Bomag pavers, the commercial BF 200, 8-ft. CR 820 Series and 10-ft. CR 1030 highway class pavers will be featured in the exhibit. The nimble BF 200 paver fits into the cut of a 4-ft. cold planer to boost mill-and-fill paving efficiency. Meanwhile, the powerful wheeled CR 1030 offers paving widths reaching 30-ft. wide for efficiently paving the mainline.

Representing Bomag’s heritage as the compaction specialist, the exhibit includes 20 tandem, pneumatic and single-drum ride-on rollers. The heavy tandem BW 161 ADO-5 features the Bomag exclusive TanGO Tangential Oscillation compaction technology, for risk-free compaction of joints, on bridges or around buildings.

The Bomag pneumatic rollers feature flexible weight adjustments and pivoting axles for optimal compaction performance. The single-drum rollers on display offer compaction widths from 47.2 to 83.9 in., smooth and padfoot drum designs, high compaction performance and gradeability.

Bomag recyclers and stabilizers handle a broad range of applications from soil stabilization at construction sites, landfills and dam projects to recycling asphalt parking lots, roadways and highways. The display CONEXPO-CON/AGG will include a range of Bomag RS machines from the 39,000-lb. Bomag RS 360 with its 78.9-in.working width to the productive 643.7-hp (480-kW) RS 650 model recycling/stabilizing a 94.5-in. width in a single pass.

The RS 650 features Bomag’s unique Flexmix technology that delivers ideal mixing results in both forward and reverse travel directions.

Bomag’s range of light compaction solutions exhibited include vibratory tampers, single-direction and reversible plates, and light tandem rollers. The display includes the Bomag BMP 8500 articulated, radio remote-controlled multipurpose compactor. With the available Economizer feature that measures material stiffness, the operator knows when optimum compaction has been achieved.

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