Excavator demo project with a difference

By Steve Ducker11 January 2023

German excavator manufacturer Atlas found one of its machines called out to a job with difference – helping police to secure evidence in a building that was close to collapse.

Operatives use water hoses to suppress dust as the Atlas 140W blue excavator dismantling the building in Baden-Württemberg, Germany The Atlas 140W blue model was specifically requested to help assist police. (Photo: Atlas)

The excavator was used at a specialist building business in Börtlingen, Baden-Württemberg, at the request of the Technische Hilfswerk (THW), the federal civil protection agency.

Because of the precarious situation at the scene, the roof had to be dismantled bit by bit and the Atlas 140W blue model, with adjustable boom, was deployed for the task.

According to Atlas, the flexibility of the boom and the sturdiness of the excavator was a straightforward job that was finished quickly.

Other advantages of the excavator include the 2 m (6 ft) swivel radius of the boom, while the AWE 5 hydraulic load sensing system with 250 bar operating pressure is said to enable the mobile excavator to move weights of more than 7 t.

The Atlas 140W blue excavator removes sections of the building's roof Removal of the roof was a delicate procedure. (Photo: Atlas)


The Atlas 140W blue excavator loads parts of the roof onto a waiting truck. The Atlas 140W is a 35 t machine with a digging depth of 5.5 m. (Photo: Atlas)
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