Tuesday, June 28, 2022

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Equipment

 

Caterpillar introduces 310 kVA Cat XQP310 genset

 

Caterpillar has introduced the new 310 kVA Cat XQP310 generator set. This is the latest mobile power solution that complies with EU Stage 5 emissions regulations applicable to non-road mobile machinery. The Cat XQP310 offers 12% more power than its predecessor and is switchable between 50 and 60 Hz across a range of voltages. This allows a single machine to satisfy varying load requirements across a variety of geographic regions and applications, including mining, manufacturing, oil and gas and construction. The gen set can run on up to 100% hydrotreated vegetable oil, a renewable diesel fuel which can further reduce the carbon footprint of the machine. The gen set is described as offering simple, reliable operation. It is equipped with Cat Connect, which supports remote tracking and management to improve efficiency.

A subscription allows access to real-time information covering fuel and urea/Adblue levels, battery voltage and run status. There is also data on peak operation times to support improved performance.

As construction and mining activities rebound worldwide, the Cat XQP310 demonstrates how the company is expanding its portfolio of mobile power solutions to deliver the performance and reliability customers need while helping them support their sustainability initiatives and address evolving emission standards.

To support the rental market, the Cat XQP310 features a EMCP 4.2B digital control panel which includes all gen set controls in a single interface. Programmable logic controller functionality improves reliability and flexibility. In addition, a dual-wall fuel tank with an open bund helps to protect the environment by containing fuel spills, while coastal ingress protection enable use in harsh conditions. The Cat XQP310 joins the 200 kVA Cat XQP200 mobile gen set, launched in 2021.

 

 

 Atlas Copco hybrid power solutions: Two QAS+ generators and a ZBC 250-500

 

Atlas Copco has introduced a new range of hybrid energy storage systems (ESS) intended to maximise sustainable operation while offering flexible power output.Featuring both diesel generators and li-ion battery packs, the new QAS+ ESS units can cover peak power and low loads. This is said to extend the working lifetime by 15% and reducing maintenance requirements by 50%. The units are also said to offer a rapid ROI.

About 70% lighter and more compact than alternatives, the QAS+ ESS units offer users 40,000 hours of uninterrupted operation, with an overload capacity of 150%. They can run autonomously for up to 12 hours, while recharge can be completed in 1.5 hours. Li-ion batteries can operate at temperatures between -20oC and 50oC.

Operating in island mode, the units produce no CO2 or noise. In hybrid mode, they optimise noise levels and fuel consumption. Due to this, the units are particularly suited to applications in urban environments with noise level restrictions, events, telecoms and rental applications. These variants are Stage 5 compliant and the company’s most efficient generators. Compared to a 650 kVA unit, a ZBC250-57 with QAS+ 325 in hybrid mode can reduce fuel consumption by up to 80%. This equates to about 200 tons of CO2 over a working lifetime. QAS+ generators are fully-compatible with HVO, which almost reaches carbon neutral operation. It is the perfect choice to work in hybrid mode with Atlas Copco’s lithium-ion ESS, empowering its quiet and low CO2 emission operations.

The QAS+ system creates six times less noise than comparable generators, dependent on application and load profile. With a 25% smaller footprint these are easier to transport, while offering plug-and-play connectivity supported by a user-friendly touchscreen. A variable speed drive motor-driven fan adjusts cooling flow as required, minimising power loss related to cooling while improving fuel efficiency. The ESS units can run with any generator and can be used with multiple battery-driven units. They can also store and deliver energy from renewable sources, including solar and wind.

 

 

Longer-term rentals can benefit from discounts says the company

 

Existing investors include NEA, Founders Fund, Fifth Wall, and Building Ventures. Built says that the money will be used to increase production.  Built’s upgrade kit, the Exosystem, can be installed and calibrated on an excavator in less than a day, says the company.. Contractors have the option to rent Exosystems as standalone units to install on their fleet of equipment, or they can lease pre-upgraded excavators from Built directly.

Contractors are able to pay an hourly fee to license the Exosystem’s autonomous software.

Depending on utilisation, Built says they can make cost savings of 20% or better versus traditional methods. Installation, training, and 24/7 support are included. Built’s focus on easy-to-install robotic upgrades for heavy equipment is generating significant demand. The company is excited to partner with them as their autonomous trenching solution helps transform the construction of solar farms, oil and gas projects, and other large and critical infrastructure projects around the world.

Noah Ready-Campbell, CEO of Built Robotics, commented that, “We’ve spent the past few years neck-deep in R&D, and it’s paid off. Our rental fleet is fully booked into 2023, and orders keep coming in.” He added that autonomous trenching was just the “first step” and that customers are already asking for autonmous backfill, compaction, material handling and loading trucks.

 

 

Sennebogen expands compact telehandler line

 

The 4 tonne capacity 3.40 G follows on from manufacturer’s smaller 355E unit. Sennebogen has added to its Multi Line telehandler series with a second, larger capacity model.

The 3.40 G has a load capacity of 4 tonnes, a stacking height of 7.7m and, and a cab that elevates to an operator eye level of 4.1m to provide all-round visibility. Following on from the 355 E, the first model in the range - the new 3.40 G has dimensions of 5.5m in length and just under 2.5m width and offers a long wheelbase of 3.1m with a low centre of gravity. The weight of the machine is 9.3 tonnes. The machine has been designed for tough work environments with a high-strength, solid steel frame and sophisticated telescopic boom ensuring that the forces in loading operations are optimally absorbed by the chassis. Equipped with a Tier V 100 kW diesel engine, the unit can reach speeds of up to 40 km/h with its stepless traction drive. The operator can choose from two modes in addition to standard road mode. In stacker mode, the machine is more energy-efficient and control sensitive, while loading mode mobilizes all power reserves for optimal loading and transport of bulky goods. According to Sennebogen, the 3.40 G combines the advantages of telehandler and wheel loader technology. Its SML Power optimal power transmission offers Z-kinematics, found in the manufacturer’s wheel loaders and the manoeuvrability, multi-functions and compactness of a telescopic handler. Extra funding of US$64 million to transform excavators into robots Built Robotics, a construction autonomy company, has announced the close of a $64 million Series C led by Tiger Global, which brings total funding to US$112 million.

 

 

New JLG rotating telehandlers on site

 

Three new rotating telehandler models from JLG, through its partnership with Italy-based Dieci, are now available and working in North America. The R1370, R1385 and R11100 provide capacities from 11,000 to 13,000lb and maximum reach heights of 67 to 97ft, with the R11100 being JLG’s highest reaching telehandler to date. With 3-in-1 machine capabilities — a traditional telehandler, MEWP and rough terrain crane — offer  horizontal and vertical lift-and-place capabilities, says the manufacturer. Rotating telehandlers have long been popular across Europe. With the global megatrend towards urbanization, JLG is seeing an increased need for these types of machines in the US. With more city centers come narrower streets and taller buildings with less open space between them.

In these types of applications, it is sometimes challenging to use traditional telehandlers. Rotating telehandlers offer the ability to place the machine in a fixed position and reach multiple areas of the site, which means less repositioning and a reduction in machine traffic. The three new JLG models have nearly identical base configurations, though the R1370 and R1385 have 4-section booms, while the R11100 has a 5-section boom. All boom sections, regardless of model, are cylinder- and chain-driven to support higher reach and greater lift capacity.

The 360-degree continuous rotation of the upper frame on these models enables the horizontal and vertical lift-and-place capabilities. These also come with front and rear scissor-style outriggers with automatic leveling jacks, which allows the operator to position the machine and then level the frame up to 6 degrees to compensate for uneven terrain. As well as an access platform they can be equipped with a truss boom and winch, which says JLG, potentially eliminates the need for cranes up to 97ft. The R1370 comes with a Perkins 134hp diesel engine, while the R1385 and R11100 are equipped with 168hp FPT diesel engines. All models feature a 2-speed, stop-to-shift hydrostatic transmission and foam-filled tyres come standard on all models. Air-filled tyres are optional in two different treads. There are 13 specialised attachments including work platforms, crane jibs and winches, standard and rotating carriages, forks, buckets, truss booms and coupler-mounted hooks. Standard and continuous auxiliary hydraulics come on all three models with optional dual-auxiliary hydraulics available to power multi-function attachments. A hydraulic coupler is also available to improve efficiency when switching between attachments.

Lifting and placing The range comes with an inching feature that allows the operator to run the boom at optimal speed without shifting the transmission into neutral. Finely tuned boom controls and soft stop slows the boom as it approaches the end of its stroke. A remote boom control feature allows the boom to be operated outside the cab. An intuitive operator interface and dual joystick proportional controls come with a right joystick that operates two functions — boom lift and lower and attachment tilt, forward and back. The left joystick controls boom extension and retraction, as well as turntable rotation. Each model is engineered with three exclusive technologies: automatic attachment recognition, a load management information system (LMIS) and a load stability indicator (LSI). The automatic attachment recognition system recognizses the attachment at the end of the boom, alerts the operator for confirmation and then displays the appropriate load capacity chart. LMIS indicates whether the load is compliant and prevents operation that violates the load chart’s boundaries. LSI limits the rotating telehandler’s functionality when a load nears maximum capacity.

Operator Comfort

To enhance operator comfort, the rotating models come with enclosed cabs, air conditioning and a secondary heating unit. They have adjustable suspension seats and an adjustable steering column to allow the operator to position themself comfortably. Integrated armrests are included. A reversing camera and lighting package come as standard to aid operator visibility. Optional work lights can be added for low-light situations. A white noise backup alarm system can be ordered to enhance worker awareness.

While rotating telehandler use has not been as widespread in the US as it’s been across Europe, it’s a machine that’s time has come. On today’s job sites, contractors are faced with tighter workspaces, more stringent safety protocols and reduced workforces. Rotating telehandlers can help improve both productivity and safety, while reducing the number of machines and machine operators required on congested urban sites. While they won’t replace traditional telehandlers or MEWPs, they certainly complement both, while offering a broad range of versatility.

 




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