ICUEE, the utility industry's largest trade show, covers 28-plus acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits, and will bring together more than 18,000 utility professionals interested in:
- aerial devices;
- digger derricks;
- ditchers and trenchers;
- electronics, controls, and instrumentation;
- engines and powertrains;
- heavy equipment and attachments;
- horizontal directional drilling;
- jobsite tools;
- mobile elevating work platforms;
- vacuum excavators;
- and more.
ICUEE also offers educational opportunities putting power transmission into some exciting and timely contexts. Take diesel, for example.
The day before the Expo starts, the Diesel Progress Summit will convene at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville. This one-day conference and awards dinner will address the dramatic changes occurring in engines and powertrains that are being driven by emission regulations, along with advances in hybrid and electrification technologies.
In the tradition of the Kentucky Derby, a bugler plays First Call just before the opening of the exhibit hall for ICUEE each morning.
An awards dinner will celebrate excellence and success in the engines and powertrain sector. The focus will be on innovative technology, world-class products, and high-performing companies. Attending will be senior managers, design engineers, and supply chain professionals from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and powertrain suppliers, as well as managers of large-equipment fleets, including rental companies and contractors. For more information, visit www.dieselprogresssummit.com.
Education and interaction are also designed into ICUEE itself. Rather than isolating forum sessions from sightseeing, education is brought to the show grounds. Attendees will participate in a walking classroom covering topics geared to those new to the industry.
Each day, Eat & Learn workshops will cover hot sessions such as:
- Drone Panel: Effective Applications in Utility Industry
- The Business Model for Building and Maintaining a Smart Utility Infrastructure
- Workforce Development—Generational Story
A Disaster Simulation Lab will offer a walk-through of a crisis situation and let you review a three-step process to prepare for one of your own.
Meet the Future of Mobile Hydraulics
Off-highway equipment powered electrically isn’t exactly taking the industry by storm—not yet, anyway. About a half-dozen companies have introduced compact excavators driven by a high-density battery pack and variable-speed electric drive in lieu of the conventional diesel engine and transmission. Most of these machines are in prototype or trial stages and also use an electric drive to power its hydraulic system.
We have described some of these revolutionary new machines in previous issues and, of course, on our website. But now you can see one up close and personal at the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition, scheduled for October 1 to 3 in Louisville, Ky.
Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas will showcase its R35E mini excavator at booth K345. Developed in collaboration with Cummins Engine Co., the R35E offers the same advantages as other electrified machines developed recently. It produces zero emissions and operates with substantially quieter operation. The battery packs in these machines typically store enough electrical power to work for an entire shift. They also require less routine maintenance and generate less vibrational energy.