Volvo Construction Equipment has expanded the distribution of its EC550E crawler excavator. Now offered with a Tier 3 engine, customers throughout the world can benefit from its industry leading performance, productivity and efficiency.
Kwangsuk Jee, global product manager, explains: “Delivering the type of durability and performance more commonly expected from a 60/65-tonne machine, the EC550E is a crawler excavator which truly punches above its weight. Customers in Tier 3 markets can get ready for up to 35% more productivity and 22% more fuel efficiency, combined with superb operator comfort and outstanding levels of uptime.”
Boasting remarkable levels of power and productivity, the EC550E is a machine perfectly suited for mining, mass excavation and large infrastructure projects. With the ability to fill a 35 – 40 tonne hauler or highway truck in just 4 to 6 buckets, the result is optimum pass-matching and high-levels of production at a low cost per tonne.
Short cycle times further boost productivity – made possible by digging forces and lifting capacity more commonly found in a 60/65-tonne excavator. This is complemented by the impressive engine power, reinforced boom and arm, as well as boom/swing and boom/travel priority settings. The long and wide undercarriage is also of 60/65-tonne calibre, providing superior levels of stability and durability.
Customers can take fuel efficiency to a new level thanks to the next generation electro-hydraulic system with Independent Metering Valve Technology (IMVT) and engine/pump optimization, which lowers engine rpm while optimising power. The main control valve uses Independent Metering Valve Technology, the latest pioneering innovation from Volvo and the most high-performing hydraulic system in the industry. It provides significantly more precise control compared to a conventional system and contributes towards up to a 22% improvement in fuel efficiency.
To support the fuel-efficient performance of the machine, Volvo offers a range of services to help customers reduce the fuel expenditure and carbon emissions of their operations even further, including Fuel Efficiency Reports and operator training initiatives. Using Volvo Site Simulation, Volvo dealers can also help customers to optimise site productivity and lower their total cost of ownership, by providing recommendations on the best fleet configuration and site set-up to maximise profitability.
Read more about this new Volvo CE launch in the January/February edition of Quarrying Africa.