Breaking through - Avant hands over Robot 185
By Lindsay Gale16 December 2013
When Avant Tecno launched its 185 demolition robot in spring this year (see D&Ri Mar-Apr 2013, p57, for more detail) one rational for its introduction was that it could be used with the company’s compact loaders, suitably modified for the demolition role, to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for demolition contractors. This has now been illustrated by Finnish demolition contractor Paupek Oy, admittedly already an Avant customer, who in November took delivery of one Robot 185 and three loaders.
In addition, Avant says that a new breaker, the B230, will be released in February that has been tailored for use on the Robot 185. The B230 will have a power of 19.8 kW and a blow frequency of up to 2,600 per minute. It will weigh 230 kg (506 lb) and will operate at 100-170 bar with an oil flow of 40-70 litres/minute (9-15.4 gallons/minute).
“We have received a lot of good feedback from the existing Avant customers, but we have managed to penetrate into completely new customer sub-segments as well”, said Jani Käkelä, Vice President Marketing and Sales. “It seems that there are a lot of synergies – both technical and commercial - that we can utilize with our demolition robot and loaders. We have found there are several new opportunities while implementing this product to our range”, he added.
The electrically driven Avant Robot 185 features a compact design that does not compromise on efficiency or reach, says the company. It can be powered either by a 35 A/18,5 kW or 32A/15 kW electric motor, to provide flexibility and power when and where it is needed. Equipped with a telescopic boom, the maximum vertical reach is 5.5 m (18 ft), while horizontal reach is 4.5 m (15 ft) . Excluding attachments, the Avant Robot 185 weighs in at 2,000 kg (4,400 lb).