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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 354

Earthmovers & Excavators is the earthmoving and civil construction industry’s most important business tool, with the multi-platform media brand relied upon as the No.1 place to search, compare, buy and sell construction machinery, new and used.

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in this issue

2 min.
speedy scoop

Volvo’s new EC200D excavator is gaining momentum with increased orders and buzz generated from positive customer feedback, says the company. With high swing torque and low cycle time, it’s the fastest machine in the 20-ton excavator class, says Volvo. Customers in India, from individual operators to dealers and rental companies, are raving about the new EC200D, thanks to the excavator’s high efficiency, productivity and ease of use, the company claims. Formally launched in India during EXCON 2017, the 20-ton excavator’s high swing torque and lifting abilities help achieve a low cycle time during mass excavations, which means outstanding productivity for its customers, it says. “Many construction companies aspire to owning a Volvo and with this new EC200D we’re making it easier than ever for Indian customers to add one to their fleet,” says…

3 min.
rise to the challenge

When it comes to telescopic and articulating booms, Genie has well and truly consolidated its position in the Australian and New Zealand construction and rental markets. According to local distributor Youngman Richardson & Co, innovation and reliability are the key to the popularity of the Genie Access Equipment range. “Since the launch of the Genie SX-135 Xtra Capacity (XC), interest in this type of boom lift has increased appreciably,” says Youngman Richardson & Co sales director, Phil Fairfield. “Feedback from customers over recent years has directed Genie’s engineering efforts towards allowing for more people and equipment to fit in the platform. The latest Genie SX-85 XC boom provides the solution with a platform capacity of 450kg, enough for an extra person and more equipment and materials.” Coming in 2019 will be new additions…

2 min.
delving deep

Emesent, a drone autonomy spin-out from CSIRO, the technology arm of Australia’s national science agency, has raised $3.5 million in venture capital to commercialise its first product, Hovermap. The Hovermap technology automates the collection of valuable data in underground areas too dangerous or difficult for people to survey or navigate, such as stopes or ore passes in mines. Drones installed with Hovermap can be deployed in GPS-denied environments without a human controller to create 3D maps, and record gas readings, videos and images. “Hovermap enables the mining industry to safely inspect inaccessible areas of underground mines, while improving the type and quality of data collected to unlock new insights,” Stefan Hrabar, co-founder and CEO of Emesent, says. “This includes comparing the stope design to the actual post-blast shape to detect over-break and under-break, identification…

1 min.
dig and grab

New Zealand excavator attachment company Attach2 recently released its All In One Bucket, designed for smaller machines. The All In One Bucket was designed to make small excavators, especially in the 1 to 10-tonne range, capable of digging and grabbing without any loss of functionality. It is designed to reduce the number of attachment changes to complete jobs; often a pain point of smaller machines that perform varied roles throughout the day and have to change attachments often. Attach2 has been working on this attachment for a number of years after hearing from clients and stakeholders the need for a bucket that has full digging capability, but also a grab function. No other attachment on the market fulfilled these roles, says Attach2. The first All In One Bucket was designed and prototyped in…

1 min.
machine control

Brendan Walsh and his team at Ground Technique have been working on a 20-lot Tran Civil development in Diamond Creek, Victoria. This project is on a large sloping block that is very undulating and requires a substantial amount of cut and fill. To complete this project, Walsh installed the Topcon 3D GPS+ machine control system from Position Partners on his Hitachi Zaxis 13-ton excavator. “The Topcon 3D GPS+ system has meant that we have no people on the ground for starters and I think we’ve saved ourselves up to maybe four blokes on the ground. It means we can use smaller excavators if required because we’re so much more efficient with what we do,” says Walsh, director of Ground Technique. “There’s a lot less material come out because you’re pulling out only…

2 min.
take five

With the increase in fossil fuel prices and the pressure to lower carbon footprints, many consumers and companies are demanding more fuel-efficient vehicles. Volvo Construction Equipment says that there are five big advancements in the industry, ranging from engine design to the small adjustments of wing mirrors, which are plugging the drain on fossil fuels. The first is swapping side mirrors for cameras. In 2016, Japan made it legal for car manufacturers to eliminate side mirrors and replace them with cameras. However, road users are used to mirrors and, although a simple idea, they are highly reliable. It is also very easy for law enforcement to notice a damaged side mirror, but it is near to impossible to quickly detect broken side-view cameras. However, there is also an argument that cameras…