Volvo group showcase

By Chris Sleight03 March 2015

Volvo Construction Equipment will have a big emphasis on its new Stage IV-compliant machines. Models on show will include the 22 tonne class EC220E crawler excavator. Features include an optimised hydraulic system and Eco mode to deliver the required power for the task in hand, and Volvo said fuel economy was further improved by an automatic engine shutdown system, which kicks-in after a preset time.

Options include a side view camera in addition to the rear view camera to cover blind spots, with both views displayed on the in-cab colour monitor. Other safety features include a seatbelt warning alarm, which sounds and gives a visual alert if the ignition is turned on without the seatbelt being buckled.

Under the hood, filters have been grouped together and are accessible from ground level to make daily checks easy, but there are guard rails and anti-slip plates on top of the machine should someone need to inspect it from here.

In the wheeled excavator sector, Intermat will see the launch of Volvo’s Stage IV-compliant 16 tonne class EW160E and 18 tonne EW180E. Customisation is a key selling feature, with the company making the machines available with 12 different tyre configurations and a range of boom options and hydraulic functions, depending on the attachments to be used.

Both models are approved for road use and can be fitted with a trailer hitch that can pull up to 8 tonnes with dry run breaks and three tonnes without brakes. Operators can also bring all their tools along with them in a new 120 kg capacity drawer-type tool box that slides out from the undercarriage.

The company’s latest wheeled loaders meanwhile are the L60H, L70H and L90H, which cover the 1.6 m3 to 2.1 m3 standard bucket classes with 123 kW, 127 kW and 137 kW Stage IV-compliant engines respectively.

A new fuel-saving feature is the Eco-pedal, which has push-back mechanism that engages when engine rpm is about to exceed the most economic operating range. The operator senses the resistance and reduces pressure on the accelerator to continue within this range. If full engine speed is needed, the push-back mechanism can be overridden.

The front end of each machine features Volvo’s Torque Parallel (TP), which the company says combines the benefits of the Z-bar and parallel linkage to deliver high breakout torque and parallel movement throughout the lifting range. The machines are equipped with a 100% differential lock on the front axle, which provides traction and rimpull on soft and slippery ground.

Terex Trucks, the articulated dump truck (ADT) and rigid dump truck (RDT) brand that is now owned by Volvo, will be exhibiting on its own stand next to its new parent company at the show.

It will present the 28 tonne payload TA300 and38 tonne payload TA400 ADTs – both of which are Stage IV compliant – together with its 55 tonne capacityTR60 RDT, which is said to be a popular model in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta’s Intermat stand will feature two newly designed engines in the 5-litre D5 and 8-litre D8, alongside its wider range. The company will be sharing a stand in Hall 6 with sister companies Volvo Construction equipment and Volvo Trucks, and will have a Stage IV 11 litre engine on display as well as the D5 and D8.

The new engines are available in Stage IV-compliant versions using selective catalytic reduction (SCR), but Volvo Penta also supplies Stage II and Stage IIIA versions for lesser regulated markets than Europe. But regardless of their emissions performance, the company says all its engines share a common footprint, with components like the turbocharger located in the same place on all models — making design and installation easier for OEMs.

The new engines also feature increased displacement, which Volvo Penta says makes the engine block stiffer and provides higher torque at low speeds. However, the company said that despite this larger displacement, fuel consumption is -2.5% lower than on previous models.

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