Doka displays innovations in formwork, scaffolding and digitisation

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03.11.2022 | United Kingdom
Doka displays innovations in formwork, scaffolding and digitisation
From October 24 to 30, the world's leading construction trade show bauma took place in Munich. More than 3,000 exhibitors from 58 countries presented their range of products and services on an area of 614,000-m2. Doka displayed its impressive new scaffolding options, innovations in formwork, digital services and numerous highlights in systems, safety and sustainability at its own 4,500-m2 booth.

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  • DokaXdek
  • Unikit
  • Catch Fan
  • At-PAC Ringlock
Visitors experienced innovations for improving productivity, efficiency and sustainability in formwork, concrete and digital services. Doka offered opportunities to discover more about their products, innovations and trends. Visitors could visit 45 exhibits and 110 live shows that brought the motto "DOKA CONNECTS" to life.

In addition to Doka’s products and services, visitors to Doka discovered the product portfolio of the Doka subsidiary Form-on, which specialises in the supply and trade of formwork. Or they could explore Umdasch Group Ventures, the innovation hub of the Umdasch Group, which focuses on future trends and new technology on construction sites.

That sustainability has become a major growth driver for Doka was clearly visible at bauma this year. For example, Doka introduced its Product Carbon Footprint (PCF), which includes KPIs and makes Doka the first formwork supplier in the industry to provide transparent emissions data for 6,000 products. The PCF is an important milestone marking progress on the road to achieving net zero emissions by 2040. The PCF draws attention to the critical challenge of global CO2 reduction and helps customers make more environmentally responsible purchasing decisions.

In the slab construction area, Doka celebrated a world première at bauma with DokaXDek. This revolutionary system consists of three complementary elements – the DokaXdek table, the DokaXdek panel, and the DokaXdek I-frame. This highly versatile system has been designed to address current and future issues such as safety, ergonomics and economy on construction sites worldwide. Uniquely, the system has developed and seamlessly combined different aspects in parallel for maximum versatility, streamlined work processes and increased cost-effectiveness. Doka has also taken a giant step towards automation on the slab formwork construction site by developing the DokaXbot. A brand-new DokaXbot prototype was on display at bauma. The DokaXbot effortlessly carries out safe and fast slab formwork erection for heights of up to 5.2 m and forming at the slab edge. An operator pre-positions it in the correct location, and then the DokaXdek panels and DokaXdek I-frames are semi-automatically lifted to the selected height and placed in position. In this way, the DokaXbot reduces the workload of the site crew and significantly increases the crew’s safety and productivity.

The Framax Xlife plus upgrade is a novelty with additional product improvements. The established system has been helping construction companies complete building projects successfully for many years, and now with a new system height of three meters, it is perfectly suited for residential construction. This upgrade and new accessories means Doka is again raising the bar in the premium sector.

Also on display: The all-rounder DokaXlight features several innovations with newly developed components enabling the established wall formwork system to also be used as floor formwork in the future.

In the atrium of the exhibition booth, Doka presented the Industrial Scaffolding area in cooperation with our subsidiary AT-PAC. Doka is also debuting its DIBt-certified scaffolding system Ringlock under the AT-PAC Doka brand. Several PCs were available with the latest Hi-Vis® scaffolding management software used on major scaffolding projects. Doka showed applications for industrial customers as well as for the construction industry. The formwork and scaffolding portfolio, the scaffolding management software Hi-Vis®, and other services and software applications make Doka a one-stop-shop for the global construction industry.

The biggest eye-catcher at the Doka booth was the nearly 30-meter Scaffolding Tower. The tower was so high it invited curious visitors to come on over and explore the Doka exhibits. By now everybody can see that Doka stands for formwork and scaffolding! Those who weren’t afraid of heights could climb to the visitor platform at the top of the Scaffolding Tower and enjoy the view of the entire bauma 2022 exhibition center.

Making its inaugural appearance, SiteLight introduced visitors to a completely new spectrum of construction site advertising opportunities. The innovative technology was visible far beyond the exhibition grounds: 120 m2 of SiteLight advertising surface consisting of 84 LED panels wrapped around the Doka scaffolding tower. SiteLight raises the potential use of valuable advertising space on a construction site and creates a win-win situation for all parties. This joint venture between Doka and umdasch The Store Markers combines the skills of experts and pushes digital out-of-home advertising to the next level.

Doka believes that exchanges with customers, partners and industry enthusiasts are crucial to building a common future and that digitisation is the key to success. This was evident across all products in the digital services area. Visitors were invited to try out Doka's latest digital solutions and services. Doka presented another service – the Easy Formwork Planner 2.0. This digital engineering app for mobile devices enables customers to plan formwork, including 3D views and parts list, right at the construction site, independently of available technician capacities.

Also on display at the digital site is DokaXact – sensor-based digital services on a single IOT platform. The DokaXact product family provides real-time insights into formwork operations and the concrete pouring process for optimised efficiency, quality and safety.

The DokaMT tunnel system, a rentable solution for short to medium-length mined tunneling projects, was exhibited at the Doka booth. The new Doka UniKit system for infrastructure was also on display. The UniKit umbrella covers several components, the primary and secondary beam, and the tower 480. The system components can be combined with each other as well as integrated with all the other Doka load-bearing tower systems. Cost-effective complete shoring solutions, based on modular standard components, can be developed for every application including bridges, tunnels, power plants or high-rise buildings. The UniKit’s intelligent modular system is economical and sustainable in many ways. First, all UniKit standard elements can be rented. Not only does this reduce investment costs, it also offers advantages in terms of sustainability because all the parts can be reused. Second, reducing the number of interfaces minimises the time and effort involved in coordinating between different suppliers.

Safety on the site is of utmost priority. At Doka, solutions featuring all-round safety are an integral part of the company's product philosophy and make work sites more productive. They meet legal standards, help prevent accidents and keep the project on schedule. At bauma, Doka introduced its new Xsafe brand, which unites all Doka safety systems. Xsafe stands for the most successful state-of-the-art products in the industry. For example, Doka is introducing the Xsafe Edge Protection Z, a lightweight alternative for safe structure edge, and the Xsafe Catch Fan at bauma. Xsafe Catch Fan is a state-of-art catch system for protection against falling objects. The system is certified to EN 1263-1 and can catch large objects as well as small pieces of debris. It impresses as an innovative safety solution and scores high for efficiency because fewer workers are needed for assembly and application.

Another highlight was the floor prop Eurex 20 LW, which features impressively high load-bearing capacity while being remarkably low weight. Trade show visitors could experience the Eurex 20 LW first-hand –as it is currently the lightest prop on the market compared to conventional tubular steel props.


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