Displayed demining equipment at The 3rd International Conference for Universal Design in Hamamatsu 2010

Our account of installing and removing the demining equipment at the International Conference for Universal Design in Hamamatsu 2010

Hitachi Construction Machinery's demining equipment was displayed at The 3rd International Conference for Universal Design in Hamamatsu 2010 from October 30 (Sat) to November 3 (Wed), 2010

As soon as our demining equipment was set, many visitors asked us how we actually installed it inside the exhibition hall. So here, we would like to introduce our account of how we actually installed and removed our demining equipment along with our "working Kenkijin" efforts.

First, our demining equipment was to be displayed in the central area of the exhibition hall. (see map below for carry-in route). The only way to get our equipment inside was through the nearest gate.

The size of the gate: 4.7m wide and 4m tall.
The size of our equipment: 4.3m wide x 3.5m tall x 15m long.
There was only 20cm of extra space on both sides.

Cutting it close.

Furthermore, the road outside the gate was only 7m including the sidewalk.
Since we could not transport the equipment as a whole unit, we had to assemble it at the parking lot for buses next to the exhibition hall. Another problem was that since we could not use a crane inside, we had to literally drive the equipment to get it inside by closing off regular traffic. In addition, when we applied for a road permission permit, the police told us that we had to finish moving the equipment before the buses began running, so we had to begin the work at 11 o'clock at night.

Carry-in route

The moment has arrived. We finished assembling the equipment in the afternoon, but we heard that there was a typhoon heading our way and the rain gradually became stronger. At 10pm, 20 of our local Hamamatsu sales and service office along with our REC employees gathered on site and began work at 11pm. First, we had to close off regular traffic. Then, using two forklifts, we began laying out the iron plate, being careful not to damage the road surface. One team stood by the parking lot entrance, and the other team stood by the hall entrance. Then, we cured an iron plate for where the equipment might go off the road. Everyone worked on their tasks quickly and accurately so that we could begin moving the equipment.

The 15m equipment slowly moved forward and gradually to the right.

The 15m equipment slowly moved forward and gradually
to the right.

The staff lined up the concrete panels and tires along the track where the equipment will run.

After the equipment has passed, the concrete panel and tires are quickly brought up to the front.

After the equipment has passed, the concrete panel and tires
are quickly brought up to the front.

Watching out in every direction, steady as she goes.
Carefully concentrating on any given signals.
Under precise signaling, the equipment smoothly rounds the curb.

We can see the tip from the gate!<br />From here on, itfs just going straight

We can see the tip from the gate!
From here on, it's just going straight

Mission complete!

Mission complete!

It was 1:30am by the time we felt a sense of accomplishment.Taking our hats off to the teamwork of the staff from Hitachi Construction Machinery & REC (Hamamatsu).

Finally, a group photo with President Amemiya

Finally, a group photo with President Amemiya

The first day of the UD Conference. From noon, there was a private viewing for His Imperial Highness Prince Tomohito of Mikasa who is the patron of the International Association for Universal Design, where he visited each booth.

President Amemiya and Prince Tomohito

President Amemiya and Prince Tomohito

The Person in the news, Ms. Muraki from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, attended to the Prince.

The Person in the news, Ms. Muraki from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, attended to the Prince.

Seeing a demining equipment for the first time, the children showed great interest.

Seeing a demining equipment for the first time, the children showed great interest.

The conference ended with great success

The conference ended with great success

The 5 days flew by but we were left with the removal of the equipment from the site. As with the installation process, our removal process began at 11pm.

The demining equipment moves backwards towards the gate

The demining equipment moves backwards towards the gate

Removing the attachment from the main body

Removing the attachment from the main body

A commemorative photo to mark the end. Great work, everyone!

A commemorative photo to mark the end. Great work, everyone!