Next Generation of Pentruder Approching
Published: 17/6, 2019
The market is waiting for the next generation of Pentruder equipment. “It is getting closer now”, says Anders Johnsen. “But everything needs to be perfect.”, he adds.
When developing the third generation of Pentruder concrete cutting machines, Tractive wasn’t interested in compromises.
“When we made up the plans for the third-generation concrete cutting machines, the Pentruder HFi-system, a set of very tough targets were defined,” says Anders Johnsen, who leads the Tractive product development team. One very important target, he adds, was to in the best possible way, respect customers’ desire for lower weight machines, without compromising performance, productivity and ease of use.
New Ground Breaking Technology
In the quest to reach all the tough targets, the development team had to invent and define new ground breaking technology. The current line of Pentruder HF products are the most powerful, reliable and the most productive machines on the market, so the new HFi-machines had to be clean sheet designs, carrying over basically no technology from previous generations’ high frequency or hydraulically driven machines.
“Every concept and detail design had to be significantly improved upon and refined,” Johnsen says.
One example is the new RS2 wall saw, which to meet legislative requirements just not would be allowed to weigh more than 55 lb (25kg), which in many places is the limit for one-person operation. Tractive teamed with its development partners to break new ground in the field of motor drives and motor design, Johnsen says. Specially designed motors and drives give the new generation Pentruder machines high productivity, reliability, and ease of use. In the new HFi-system, Tractive offers a true modular future oriented platform, where a small and lightweight powerpack drives a wide range of products.
Built to last
Tractive wants both new and older Pentruder machines to perform at the highest level for many years to come.
“There is nothing more rewarding than having a customer hand in a ten or even 20-year old saw for service and then just go out and cut again,” adds Johnsen. “We have the same design strategy with the new HFi-system.”
Tractive is a relatively small, family owned company with a long term strategy. Anders and Ingrid Johnsen, who started the company, have a long history in the concrete cutting business, and have for many years now been joined by their children, who run the day to day business.
“We are investing heavily in machinery equipment to meet the expected increase in sales,” says Kristoffer Johnsen, head of operations. “It’s definitely been the right thing to do for Tractive to keep production as much as possibly in-house. In this way, we can keep full control over quality. With modern, state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, it is very efficient.”
Marie Peil, marketing director at Tractive adds, “We are really happy with the path we are on, and plan to continue bringing innovative machines to the concrete cutting market with the aim to improve the everyday life of the concrete cutting operator.”