JCB delivers its first-ever electric excavator

JCB in late 2019 made history after unveiling its first-ever electric excavator – the quietest digger in its range and offering zero emissions.

The machine sees the replacement of a diesel engine with an efficient, 48-volt electrical driveline with the latest generation automotive battery cells.

As part of its shift towards lower emissions, the zero-emission JCB 19C-1 E-TEC will allow the waste sector to maximise productivity in emissions-sensitive inner city environments.

A huge advantage is external noise. At 7dBA lower, the machine is five times quieter than its traditional diesel-powered counterpart.

Importantly, performance is not compromised on digging, with a fully charged electric machine capable of putting in a full shift in normal operation.

The machine also supports maximum uptime with no daily checks of coolant and engine levels required. On that front, the high efficiency of the advanced electric-hydraulic combination means considerably lower cooling requirements.

A small hydraulic cooler with a thermostatic electric fan and no engine radiator works to contribute to longer battery life and lower noise levels.

Initially, the mini excavator will be available with the ROPS/TOPS and FOGS certified canopy. As the electric excavator is based on the premium specification 19C-1, the excavator comes with proportional rocker switches for auxiliary functions and boom offset swing.

Its key features include a standard load-sensing hydraulic system delivering powerful digging performance. A convenient on-board charger with 230-volt input allows for six-hour recharging capability.

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Driving commercial recovery: JCB CEA

Deon Cope of JCB CEA outlines how a new range of waste sector specific excavators is helping resource recovery operators grow commercial and industrial recycling rates.

With NSW landfill levies now sitting at $141.20 per tonne in metropolitan areas, it may come as a surprise that less than 10 per cent of the state’s commercial and industrial waste (C&I) is recycled.

While minimal resource recovery is always a concern, costs exceed environmental dangers when applied to businesses, leading to increased disposal costs and even lost revenue streams.

Historically, industry stakeholders have attributed low C&I recycling rates to disparate material range and size, and, as such, the difficulty of commercial sorting.

JCB CEA is attempting to address low recovery rates and difficulty perceptions through investment in reliable machinery and emerging technologies.

According to Deon Cope,  JCB CEA National Excavator and Wheeled Loader Product Manager, the company takes pride in delivering equipment to facilitates high resource recovery rates, production, supply and delivery of quality recycled materials.

JCB CEA nationally distributes a broad range of world-class JCB products.

This. Deon says, highlights JCB CEA’s extensive waste sector reach, and, subsequently, the companies understanding of its vehicle and machinery needs.

“Drawing on our experience working with a range of Australian waste and resource recovery companies, we can confidently say that our latest range, JCB’s Hydradig Wastemaster wheeled excavators, represents a new and exciting material handling solution,” Deon says.

He says that given the excavators’ durability and high-strength manufacturing, they’re well suited to virtually any waste stream, including C&I.

The Wastemaster range, Deon says, delivers on five important customer criteria to ensure maximised productivity and safety: viability, stability, mobility, manoeuvrability and serviceably.

“The range has a low centre of gravity, allowing stable lifting while working at full reach mobility. Additionally, two- and four-wheel steer and crab steering deliver high usability on even the smallest job sites,” Deon says.

With safety a central concern for waste operators, Deon says the Wastemaster features a cab guard falling object protection system.

“From ground level, the excavator’s all-round visibility also allows ground staff to see the operator at all times,” he adds.

The JCB Hydradig Wastemaster wheeled excavator has a sturdy all-wheel drive and four-wheel steer chassis, Deon says, based on JCB’s proven Loadall telescopic handler concept.

“This delivers three-mode steering for maximum manoeuvrability and stability when travelling at speed,” he says.

“Furthermore, as the engine is side-mounted, the centre of gravity is far lower than conventional 10-tonne wheeled excavators, adding to the machine’s stability.”

Hydrostatic drive is provided through a combination of variable piston pump and variable piston drive motors to a central transfer box and then to both axles.

“This driveline layout offers a step-less zero-to-20 kilometre per-hour speed range for solid or semi-solid tyres and a 40-kilometre-per-hour option for conventional pneumatic tyres,” Deon explains.

“Near 50/50 weight distribution between the axles and a longer wheelbase than competitive 10-tonne machines also deliver improved stability, instilling confidence for the operator.”

The range offers a minimum turning radius of just under four metres at 3946 millimetres on single tyres operating within four-wheel steer.

According to Deon, the machine can be ordered with single tyres, extra-wide flotation tyres or dual tyres on each axle.

JCB CEA operates as the main supplier for a number of waste and resource recovery companies, Deon says, offering a range of high-quality products and customer-focused support.

He adds that as the company has a deep understanding of the waste industry and its associated equipment and machinery needs, JCB CEA can provide extensive pre-purchase consultation.

Deon adds that JCB CEA works to streamline the acquisition and serving process, with more than 90 dealer outlets allowing the company to provide sales, parts and service through a network of Australia-wide branches and dealers.

“JCB CEA understands the unique requirements of the waste and resource recovery industry and is always available for after-sales support and servicing,” he says.

“We’re a customer-focused business, and it’s great to work with clients embracing resource recovery in an evolving waste sector.”

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Equipment distributor CEA acquires ELB Equipment

Agriculture and construction equipment distributor CEA is set to become the Australian distributor of Komptech shredders after acquiring ELB Equipment.

CEA CEO Hylton Taylor said as a leading distributor of world-renowned capital equipment brands, ELB is a natural fit for the CEA business.

“We see this as a great opportunity to further expand our product portfolio and build on our already strong suite of brands we represent in the marketplace today. Operating for almost 40 years, our business understands the market requirements, and how best to meet the evolving demands of our customer base,” Mr Taylor said.

“CEA will seek to capitalise on the extensive knowledge from within the ELB Equipment business, ensuring the high level of service customers have come to expect from ELB remains throughout the transition period.”

CEA will also become the distributor of Diamond Z, Screenpod and TrackStack, adding high speed grinders, stacking conveyers and modular wind sifters to its portfolio of products.

“The waste recycling business is a growth industry and Komptech occupies a unique position in that sector,” Mr Taylor said.

ELB Equipment Managing Director Christopher Malan said the company is excited about the opportunity to further expand and evolve its footprint across Australia and New Zealand.

“This is a great opportunity for our highly skilled staff who are passionate about the business to grow and evolve and join a business with a very strong and positive culture driven by its highly professional leadership team,” he said.

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JCB delivers its first-ever electric excavator

JCB in late 2019 made history after unveiling its first-ever electric excavator – the quietest digger in its range and offering zero emissions.

The machine sees the replacement of a diesel engine with an efficient, 48-volt electrical driveline with the latest generation automotive battery cells.

As part of its shift towards lower emissions, the zero-emission JCB 19C-1 E-TEC will allow the waste sector to maximise productivity in emissions-sensitive inner city environments.

A huge advantage is external noise. At 7dBA lower, the machine is five times quieter than its traditional diesel-powered counterpart.

Importantly, performance is not compromised on digging, with a fully charged electric machine capable of putting in a full shift in normal operation.

The machine also supports maximum uptime with no daily checks of coolant and engine levels required. On that front, the high efficiency of the advanced electric-hydraulic combination means considerably lower cooling requirements. A small hydraulic cooler with a thermostatic electric fan and no engine radiator works to contribute to longer battery life and lower noise levels.

Initially, the mini excavator will be available with the ROPS/TOPS and FOGS certified canopy. As the electric excavator is based on the premium specification 19C-1, the excavator comes with proportional rocker switches for auxiliary functions and boom offset swing.

Its key features include a standard load-sensing hydraulic system delivering powerful digging performance. A convenient on-board charger with 230-volt input allows for six-hour recharging capability.

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