Volvo releases new EC140E crawler excavator
By Andrew Macklin
June 30, 2015 – Equipped with a Tier 4 Final Volvo D4 engine, the new Volvo EC140E crawler excavator features a five per cent increase in engine power and 10 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency versus previous models, helping customers minimize their fuel cost.
The increase in engine power and pump flow ensures responsive operation and travel speeds, as well as faster cycle times and improved productivity. The hydraulics system, electronic control system and advanced ECO mode have been optimized to match engine power and reduce power losses. The redesigned main control valve and new software builds on the hydraulic control system, improving fuel efficiency and controllability.
A boom float function allows pump power for boom lowering to be transferred to other functions, while the auto engine shutdown feature further helps to reduce fuel consumption by automatically switching off the engine after a pre-set amount of time.
Volvo Care Cab
The comfortable, spacious cab helps operators work more productively. All machine interfaces — including the joysticks, keypad, panel and LCD monitor — have been ergonomically designed for optimum control and efficiency. The number of switches has been reduced by more than 50 per cent, and climate control has been integrated into the keypad for ease of use. For added convenience, functions such as the windshield wipers, cameras and audio mute can all be assigned a shortcut button on the joystick. This allows the operator to select a function during operation without disruption.
Along with the rear view camera, the EC140E also offers an optional side view camera to cover the visual blind spots. Both views can be displayed on the 8-inch color monitor, promoting a safer working environment for both the operator and personnel on the ground.
Designed for durability
The reinforced steel structure of the ROPS cab ensures the operator is protected at all times. The idlers, track links and upper and bottom rollers on the undercarriage are built to withstand tough terrain, while the intelligently designed X-shape lower frame enables balanced weight distribution, increasing stability and durability, and preventing damage from rock and debris. The robust boom and arm design of the EC140E includes internal plates designed to help disperse the stress from high-pressure areas of the boom and arm, to provide maximum productivity year after year.
The Volvo Lifetime Frame and Structure Warranty ensures the boom, arm and frame will be covered under warranty for as long as the initial owner keeps the machine.
Working in tough conditions means every component matters, so careful attention to detail is paid during every stage of the product design and manufacturing processes for all Volvo machines. Silicon caulking, for example, is used to seal joints, while waterproof harnesses and connections are installed. To protect the electrical system from the elements, all doors and hatches feature heavy-duty hinges, and bolt-on guards are available for extreme work environments.
Maintenance made easy
Uptime and service life from the EC140E are also supported by the ease and speed with which routine and proactive service checks can be carried out. Guard rails and anti-slip steel plates help maintenance staff stay safe when checking the hydraulic tank, fuel tank and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), while the grouped filters can easily be accessed at ground level through a wide compartment door. The radiator, charge air cooler and hydraulic oil cooler can also be accessed through a single door and are situated side-by-side on a single layer to maximize efficiency, reduce blockages and aid in cleaning.
For added peace of mind, real-time service alerts are displayed on the color monitor to enable diagnostic checks. Separate service intervals include the engine oil/filter, fuel filter/water separator, hydraulic oil and hydraulic oil filter. With Volvo CareTrack telematics, which comes standard, the owner and fleet manager can remotely monitor a wide range of machine diagnostics, as well as machine location in real time.
Mix and match attachments
Newly-designed auxiliary lines provide the correct flow and pressure for special attachments such as mowers and grinders, shears, crushers and tilt rotators. A choice of one- or two-pump flow helps to maximize productivity and profitability.
An attachment management system helps operators keep on top of all the different settings required. It allows the operator to pre-set and adjust the hydraulic flow and pressure for up to 20 different attachments, enabling the excavator to get back to work as quickly as possible after an attachment change.