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JCB to showcase its “most extensive” Wastemaster equipment lineup

Construction equipment manufacturer JCB showcased its latest Wastemaster equipment models at the RWM (Resource and Waste Management) Expo at Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Described as “the most extensive line-up of dedicated waste and recycling materials handling equipment in the industry,” machines on display will include the Wastemaster Electric Teletruk, the TM420 telescopic wheeled loader, the 437 wheeled loading shovel, and the Stage V-compliant 560-80 Loadall telescopic handler.

Likely to prove a highlight for many visitors to JCB’s stand, the 560-80 Wastemaster Loadall telescopic handler is specifically designed to meet the “unique requirements of the waste and recycling industry”. The model is powered by a 97k W (130 hp) JCB DieselMax engine and is fitted with a CommandPlus cab that is 12% larger than previous similar machines in its class.  JCB says the updated cab also reduces cab noise by 50% to a maximum of 69 dBA and, thanks to a new seamless one-piece of curved glazing, provides a 14% increase in upward visibility for the machine operator. Supporting its larger construction machines will the new three-phase Powerpack and the G60RS generator, which is designed for the equipment rental market. Meanwhile, JCB Wastemaster TM420 and Teletruk models will also be performing in the Expo’s live demonstration area throughout the show.

Its combination of purpose-built machines sees the JCB Wastemaster range trusted by industry specialists across municipal and commercial waste, composting, incineration and plastic, paper, glass, wood and scrap-metal recycling.

Each machine can be fitted with a package of protective features for operation within the arduous waste environment – helping customers improve efficiency and reduce costs.

Takeuchi battery-powered compact excavator available worldwide

The TB20e excavator by Takeuchi, the company’s initial battery-powered compact excavator, is now available for purchase and rental at dealer locations globally.  “With its new look, dealers and their customers can quickly identify the TB20e as an electric machine,” said Clay Eubanks, Takeuchi’s Director of Global Sales. “From now on, as we add more electric models to our product line, those models will also adopt that same all-gray color scheme. This new look will be especially helpful in mixed fleets with both electric Takeuchi machines and diesel-powered units.”

Takeuchi says that the new machine is similar in performance to Takeuchi’s diesel-powered TB216 compact excavator, the TB20e is powered by a 24.7 kWh lithium-ion battery that offers a continuous working range of up to eight hours, depending on application and environment. The excavator features an on-board charger with 95v to 265v single-phase power. When operators require additional runtime, they can tether the TB20e to the onboard charger and remain operational. A faster, optional off-board charger can charge the TB20e in just two to four hours using 340v to 460v three-phase power. It has a maximum dig depth of 2,390 mm (7’10”) and a maximum reach of 4,090 mm (13’4.9”). A primary hydraulic circuit plumbed to midarm delivers 34.0 L/min (9.0 gpm) for running a hydraulic hammer or other hydraulically driven attachments. Depending on the region the TB20e may also be equipped with up to four service ports.

The Takeuchi Fleet Management (TFM) telematics system comes standard on the TB20e. TFM is said to reduce downtime and controls costs by providing remote diagnostics and scheduled maintenance reminders along with customizable alert settings. It also supplies owners and operators with valuable information about machine health, run time (hours) and location.

Ashok Leyland Reports 9% Y-O-Y Growth In Domestic Sales In August 2023

Ashok Leyland witnessed an increase in Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles (M&HCV) truck sales in August 2023, with a total of 7,709 units sold. This marks a 9% increase over the 7,671 units sold in August 2022. Furthermore, M&HCV bus sales increased by 110%, with 1,304 units sold compared to 620 units sold in the same period the previous year. Overall, combined sales of M&HCV vehicles increased by 17%, reaching a total of 9,013 units.

In August 2023, Ashok Leyland sold 5,532 light commercial vehicles (LCV), a 2% increase over the 5,630 units sold in the same month in 2022. M&HCV vehicle sales increased by a mere 1%, while LCV sales remained relatively constant. However, the standout result was seen in the M&HCV bus market, where sales increased by 84%, indicating a significant increase. In addition, M&HCV truck sales increased by 7% over the previous year.

Sustainability influencing articulated hauler design

Articulated hauler manufacturer Rokbak has revealed that its commitment to sustainability and meeting environmental goals have influenced the design of its haulers. Rokbak – part of the Volvo group – is aligned to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Specific aims include a 30% reduction in CO2 by 2030, a 50% factory operations emission reduction by the same year and becoming net-zero by 2040. These incentives have influenced the design of Rokbak trucks, the daily operation of the Rokbak Motherwell factory in Scotland and a strict adherence to the Rokbak sustainability roadmap. Reducing impact on the environment has seen Rokbak employ strategies stemming from fuel consumption analysis, examining alternative fuels, extending maintenance cycles and lessening maintenance consumables. Furthermore, this research and development in sustainability has led to the reduction of total cost of ownership (TCO) for Rokbak customers. “A lot of work has gone into our sustainability drive over the years,” says Charlie Urquhart, Rokbak Product Manager. “Rokbak’s heritage, knowledge and resources mean that we’re constantly developing and looking to improve the trucks and the way we operate, in a manner that benefits our customers.”

Fuel consumption is the biggest cost of operating a machine and the Rokbak RA30 and RA40 EU Stage V engines produce a fuel consumption saving of up to 7%, when compared to the previous EU Stage IV engines. This means lower operating costs and less impact on the environment. Both the RA30 and RA40 are compatible with hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), a fuel that allows customers a ‘quick-hit’ on their individual net-zero targets.

Currently, the Rokbak factory operates entirely on sustainable energy sources. The company is actively working toward achieving accreditation for a zero-waste-to-landfill policy, diverting 95% of generated waste away from landfills.

Tadano all terrain lifts bridge

Germany-based crane rental company Scholpp used its new Tadano AC 4.080-1 all terrain crane to lift a steel pedestrian bridge in Bad Rotenfels in Germany. The work was undertaken in partnership with steel fabrication firm Erich Mächler.

Scholpp transported the 5 tonne, 16.5 meter long, 2.3 meter wide and 3 meter high steel pedestrian bridge from the Mächler fabrication works to the construction site, using its own truck.

The AC 4.080-1 crane was chosen for its compact dimensions as the site was narrow and restricted.

For the lift, the team had to limit the slewing radius because of an obstructing container and adjacent buildings.

“We configured it as a taxi crane, with a partial counterweight of 9.3 tonnes,” explained crane operator Martin Zimmermann. “That was enough for this job because the Flex Base outrigger system meant that the AC 4.080-1 didn’t require any more counterweight, despite the heavy 5 tonne load.” Scholpp has ordered three more models of the crane, adding to their fleet of 19 cranes.

Develon introduces 2-tonne mini excavator

The manufacturer, which was previously known as Doosan Construction Equipment, said its new DX27Z-7M model offers higher lifting capacities, greater digging forces and a larger working range than its previous generation of machines, “as well as other mini excavators in this part of the market”. The Develon DX27Z-7M mini excavator is fitted with a Stage V-compliant, 18.4 kW diesel engine that is said to provide the highest level of torque in its class. It has a maximum digging depth of 2.8 m, a digging reach of 4.7 m and a maximum travel speed of 4.2 km/h. Designed for heavy duty applications, the model features a zero tail swing design for operation in tight spaces and also boasts a redesigned upper structure for improved durability. Alongside these features, a new dozer blade and dozer blade control lever allows operators to choose between a low and high speed for levelling the blade hydraulics. “The DX27Z-7M also offers a high auxiliary flow of 76.8 l/min to enhance work with attachments,” said Develon. “Newly designed cast counterweights ensure excellent machine balance and stability when working. A long arm option is available with a 100 kg additional counterweight in the DX27Z-7M.

Other key features include a larger, “high comfort cab” that includes a fully glazed entry door for improved operator visibility, a suspended leather seat, “an enhanced” heating and air-conditioning system, and a 5.7-inch touchscreen display.

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