LANGENTHAL, Switzerland – Ammann’s new eAPF 12/40 and eAPF 12/50 Forward Moving Vibratory Plate Compactors dispel the notion that power must be compromised when using an electric machine.
The Ammann electric-drive plates deliver a maximum vibratory frequency of 100 Hz, the same as the petrol versions. The maximum centrifugal force is 12 kN for both versions.
“They have that power and deliver the benefits of e-drives,” said Ralf Brutschin, Strategic Commercial Manager of Light Equipment at Ammann.
“The Ammann plates reduce the contractor’s carbon footprint and allow work in confined spaces. They enable permitting on jobs that require e-drive machines. They’re quiet, too, which is important in residential areas.”
Applications include landscape and gardening, pipeline and trench construction, asphalt and paving, and light and medium patchwork.
The electric plates are also great fits for rental houses because of their low maintenance needs, quiet operation, versatility and intuitive control.
The plates’ battery pack charges quickly – and holds its charge, too. The machine can be charged overnight to maximise capacity the next day. If needed, it can be charged for a shorter period during a shift and then quickly returned to work.
The same battery pack powers both the Ammann e-plate and e-rammer – and likely additional Ammann machines in the future. This provides convenience and promotes uptime.
The plate utilises lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, which maximise safety. The batteries and their advanced management system are particularly robust and resistant to high temperatures, overcharging, and mechanical damage.
Other benefits of the e-plates include:
Improved control. Electric drives provide better speed and torque control, which translate to more precise and efficient compaction.
Labor savings. Improved efficiency means a reduction in the time – and labor – required to achieve compaction.
Reduced maintenance costs. There are no fuel or oil filters to purchase or dispose of, which provides significant cost savings after the sale. Time spent on maintenance is significantly reduced, too – as is machine downtime for servicing.
The eAPF 12/40 and eAPF 12/50 retain key characteristics of the petrol model:
Vibratory system. The plates utilise a single-shaft vibratory system and a balanced base plate that properly distributes compaction power. These features provide the industry-leading speed that maximises productivity and enables compaction targets to be met quickly.
Versatility. An innovative design that includes tool-free options helps APF machines work productively in varied applications. The compactors can quickly switch to compacting asphalt and paving stones.
Durability. The machines are made from high-quality, wear-resistant steel. There is no bending or welding of the steel during manufacturing, so there are no weaknesses. The innovative engineering and high-resistant steel are so effective that base plate service is not required during the life of the machine.
Low-vibration guide handle. Industry-leading HAV values below 2.5 m/sec2 protect the operator and eliminate the need for time-consuming record keeping. The handle also offers great manoeuvrability, control and accuracy.
Easy-to-grip frame. This, too, enables control and increases the productivity of inexperienced operators. It also makes for easy transport.
Climbing. The e-drive APF remains a good climber, with gradeability of 30% and maximum incline of 20º to all sides.
Speed. Speed for both electric and petrol versions is 0-20 m/min (65.6 ft/min).
Start/stop. Starting the machine is easy. Simply switch on the power, push “start” and the machine goes to work.
Service. No tools are required for daily maintenance.
AN eMISSION PROGRAM
The rammers are part of Ammann’s eMission initiative, an environmentally friendly solution that is integrated into new Ammann products. eMission starts with reduced emissions – and incorporates efficiency, productivity and lower maintenance demands that make jobsites healthier and business owners more profitable.
- emissions reduction – Lowers levels of CO2 and other particles
- efficiency improvement – Utilises digital technologies to enhance performance and jobsite management
- electrification – Incorporates alternative power sources, including electricity today and other sources in the future