CJD Equipment’s Volvo ECR235E excavator

Volvo’s ECR235E excavator, available in Australia through CJD Equipment, features an optimised compact design that enables short swing radiuses. This allows operators to manoeuvre in and out of narrow areas simply, increasing uptime and productivity.

For more power and enhanced productivity, the machine’s system design – specific to the ECR235E – and durable under carriage ensure significant tractive force when climbing gradients and traveling over rough or soft terrain.

Additionally, the machine’s Stage V engine and enhanced hydraulics system produce smoother operations and increased efficiency.

Featuring proven advanced technology, and built on decades of experience, the engine also boasts increased power, while reducing both fuel consumption and emissions.

For waste operators, often working in harsh, stop-start environments, the enhanced hydraulics system increases pump power for faster and smoother operations – resulting in quicker cycle times and higher throughput.

The excavator’s cab features slim pillars and large glass planes to provide a clear view of job sites, which in turn supports a high degree of workplace safety.

CJD Equipment operates nationwide, with strategically placed branches, dealers and service centres throughout Australia.

For more information visit CJD Equipment’s website.

A novel hydraulic hybrid: CJD Equipment

With carbon emissions squarely on the nation’s agenda, Lindsay Daniels of CJD Equipment breaks down the hydraulic fuel reduction capabilities of Volvo’s new E-Series excavator range.

In August 2016, CJD Equipment embarked on a large-scale sustainability project: installing solar panels at its five most energy-hungry branches. The initiative was a long-term investment designed to reduce emissions. By the end of 2017, installation on all five branches was complete.

CJD also operates recycling programs at all business units, including spill control kits across multiple locations throughout stores and workshops.

According to Lindsay Daniels, CJD Equipment National Product Engineering & Training Manager, the project falls under CJD’s wider commitment to undertake environmental risk assessment on all business activities.

In addition to “greening” their operations, Lindsay, who has worked with CJD for over 40 years, says the company strives to invest in the most sustainable and energy-efficient equipment on the market.

He highlights the Volvo EC300E Hybrid Excavator, which CJD introduced into Australia in early 2020, as an example of this commitment.

“Unlike other systems that capture the swing energy of an excavator’s upper works to electrically assist the engine, Volvo’s novel hydraulic hybrid collects ‘free’ energy generated by the down motion of the excavator’s boom and uses it to supercharge the engine system,” Lindsay says.

“This simple hybrid hydraulic shift allows operators to improve fuel efficiency by up to 20 per cent, with the boom down motion used to charge energy storing accumulators that power the engine systems.”

For waste operators, who often work in harsh, stop-start environments, Lindsay says the EC300E’s approach to fuel efficiency and sustainable energy consumption is particularly noteworthy. This is due to the fact stop-start operations often lend themselves to greater fuel consumption.

“Volvo’s unique ECO mode optimises the hydraulic system to reduce flow and pressure losses, resulting in improved fuel efficiency without any loss of performance in most operating conditions,” Lindsay says.   

The excavator also features an eco-gauge, he says, which is an added gauge bar that indicates momentary fuel consumption, tracking it under different applications. The benefit here, Lindsay explains, is knowledge of how certain tasks correlate with fuel consumption, giving operators the ability to adjust processes in service of energy efficiency.

“The excavator also has an automatic engine shutdown feature, which turns the engine off when the unit has been motionless for an allotted amount of time. This facilitates significant environmental and economic benefits for our clients,” Lindsay says.

In addition to “eco” benefits, Lindsay says the unit integrates all the standard high-quality trappings of a Volvo excavator. He adds, however, that unlike standard excavators, the EC300E stands out through its human interface design.

“The E-Series range is powerful and efficient, like all Volvo excavators, but its human-machine interface design, which streamlines all in-cab features ergonomically to produce increased operator productivity, really sets it apart,” Lindsay explains.

“The body-centric design is integrated into everything from joysticks and LCD screens to keypads and hot keys.”

Through the cab, Lindsay says operators can control pressure and flow within the auxiliary function, with 20 separate pre-set functions. Furthermore, the design gives operators a clear view of the machine through rear and side-view cameras.

Lindsay adds that as an optional extra, clients can request a Volvo smart view system, which gives operators a 360-degree view of the machine.

Positive control hydraulics and pump input torque, Lindsay says, also work to produce productivity through a high-pump flow. He adds that when combined with an electrohydraulic control system, high-pump flow creates faster response and cycle times.

“The unit also features the combination of a durable D8 Volvo stage five engine and intelligent hydraulic system, which boosts power while reducing both fuel consumption and emissions, resulting in quicker cycle times and greater productivity,” Lindsay says.

“The beauty of Volvo engines is they produce a high amount of torque at very low revolutions per minute, so you don’t have to rev the engine, therefore saving fuel and keeping noise pollution down.”

While sustainability is one of CJD’s core commitments, Lindsay says that at the end of the day, all operations need to be customer focused.

With after-sales support running 24 hours, seven days a week, he adds that CJD is able to support its customers through a vast network of branches, dealers and resident field service technicians across Australia, including major regional towns.

He says the team is always ready and willing to discuss potential energy and fuel reduction solutions with clients.

“Our support team is always on call to help with equipment upgrades or breakdowns,” Lindsay says.

“Plus, we’re committed to working with customers to ensure all attachments are fitted within the supplier’s recommendation.

“We also aim to prevent environmental damage, minimise pollution, energy and resource usage and ensure the principles of sustainable development are operated throughout all of CJD Equipment’s operations, as well as our technology and vehicle offerings.”

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Demolishing waste: CJD Equipment and Repurpose It

George Hatzimanolis, Repurpose It CEO, speaks with Waste Management Review about achieving C&D recycling process efficiency through heavy duty equipment. 

As the nation’s third largest industry, construction predictably generates a significant amount of waste, representing 38 per cent of Australia’s total waste in 2017.

That said, the recycling sector has adapted quickly, with C&D recovery regularly hitting 90 per cent across major urban areas.

Repurpose It opened Australia’s first construction and demolition washing plant in March 2019, just 20 kilometres north of Melbourne’s central business district.

With a process capacity of 250 tonnes per hour, the facility accepts a variety of waste streams. These include traditional excavation waste such as rock, sand and silt and other unnatural inert materials, including concrete, grit and rail ballast.

George Hatzimanolis, Repurpose It CEO, says when dealing with material variability and tonnages of this scale, equipment reliability is crucial to achieving efficient recovery operations.

George adds that with stringent infrastructure project timelines and a steady influx of C&D carting trucks, he needs to ensure the Epping plant maintains maximum uptime.

To ensure streamlined handling and loading, George operates a range of Volvo excavators and wheel loaders. He adds that Repurpose It acquired the machines through long-term equipment partner CJD Equipment.

“We chose Volvo equipment because we feel there is an alignment between Volvo’s energy efficiency engineering values and Repurpose It’s aim to reduce our carbon footprint,” George says.

“CJD has been the preferred equipment partner of Repurpose It since the business was established, and currently offer servicing and after-sales support for the entire Volvo fleet.”

Repurpose It operates three Volvo excavators out of its facility: an EC250DL and two EC220DLs.

George says the excavators are used for general earthmoving, screen feeding, sorting and stockpiling. He adds that all three machines provide impressive fuel efficiency and operator comfort.

“Operator comfort and safety was a key factor for us, given our team is sometimes working eight hours a day in the machines,” he says.

All three excavators operate with Volvo’s modern D6 diesel engine, which reports 10 per cent extra fuel efficiency compared to competing designs.

On the loading front, Repurpose It decided on two Volvo wheel-loaders, an L110F and L220H.

“The former provides quick and easy operations, while the latter’s 32-tonne classification makes it the heavy hitter of the site,” George says.

CJD supplied both loaders with a collection of buckets, hydraulic breaks and grabs, including four-in-one hi-dump and light material buckets and fork attachments.

According to a new report from SGS Economics and Planning, Melbourne is set to overtake Sydney as Australia’s most significant economic city in 2020, largely on the back of construction. This suggests George could see an influx of material over coming years.

“Our workforce is growing as a result of the new product streams we are developing, and we’re backing that up with investment in new technology and processes,” George says.

“But it’s also important for us to maintain the efficiency of our traditional heavy machinery, which CJD facilitates through a customer-focused service strategy.”

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Volvo releases new low entry cab

More than 67 per cent of Australians live in a capital city, which brings unique challenges to the transport task.

One of the biggest challenges is how to deliver goods and services safely, efficiently and with the least impact to the environment.

According to Volvo Trucks Australia Vice President Tony O’Connell, Volvo is attempting to meet this challenge with the launch of the Volvo FE Low Entry Cab (LEC).

“Providing excellent ergonomics for the driver as well as superior all-round visibility, the low vantage point of the FE LEC also helps keep vulnerable road users and pedestrians safe,” Mr O’Connell said.

“The Volvo FE LEC is literally a walk up start for applications where the driver leaves the cab multiple times during a shift.”

Mr O’Connell said the lower step minimises the chance of a driver tripping or missing a step when entering or exiting the vehicle.

“A versatile cab configuration means that the FE LEC can be specified with up to four seats and flat cross cab access, or a more traditional two seat layout with an internal instep,” Mr O’Connell said.

“This new truck has class leading driver visibility and improved driver ergonomics, and most importantly, the FE LEC features Volvo Trucks world-class safety and technological innovations, including emergency braking as standard.”

Mr O’Connell said the flexible platform targets the waste sector, however its low profile also makes it useful for multi-drop urban distribution.

“Volvo Trucks has placed urban emissions high on the agenda, and the FE LEC utilises a Euro 6 compliant eight-litre up to 350hp diesel engine to deliver clean, frugal power to the road,” Mr O’Connell said.

“This truck is also equipped with Volvo’s class leading I-Shift automated transmission or a traditional automatic 6-speed with torque converter.”

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Volvo EC250D and EC300D excavators

Volvo EC250D and EC300D excavators have been designed to operate with faster cycle times and greater productivity than previous models.

With this in mind, the machines offer operators a seven to 10 per cent increase in fuel efficiency.

The company’s D7 diesel engine seamlessly integrates with all excavator systems, with the premium, six-cylinder engine delivering high performance and low fuel consumption. Auto engine shutdown, ECO mode and a fuel consumption display all contribute to fuel efficiency.

Volvo incorporates a smart hydraulic system which increases controllability, offering smoother and easier movement when travelling and lifting simultaneously. The harmonised boom and arm movement also works to offer better grading.

To enable a better working environment, the D-series cab comprises a I-ECU monitor for machine status information, a climate control system to set the ideal temperature and a rollover protective structure for increased operator safety.

The easy maintenance design incorporates safe and easy access centralised filters and grouped greasing points. The radiator, charged air cooler and hydraulic oil cooler are situated side by side on a single layer to maximise efficiency, reduce blockages and aid cleaning.

A fully sealed electrical distribution box contains all fuses and relays, working to protect against dirt and moisture for more machine uptime.

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Repurpose It goes Volvo buying excavators and loaders

Australian waste-to-resource company Repurpose It have opted for Volvo Construction Equipment’s excavators and loaders for their Victorian plant.

The five new machines will assist the company’s loading and handling duties to assist in their recycling operation that sees large quantities of waste material re-used in the construction industry.

One Volvo EC250DL and two EC220DL units were chosen for excavation duties on the site, Repurpose It aims to input the tools on general earthmoving, screen feeding, sorting and stockpiling projects.

The company chose the L110F and L220H two-wheeled loaders for their loading work which will see hopper fed into their new recycling plant.

Repurpose It CEO George Hatzimanolis said that the company was happy to choose Volvo as the manufacturer alings with their energy efficiency commitments and engineering values.

“Our business is focused on reducing our carbon footprint and working towards a more sustainable future, as is Volvo,” Mr Hatzimanolis said.

“We were also attracted to the quality that comes with Volvo machines.”

The two EC220DL excavation units chosen for the site uses Volvo’s modern D6 diesel engine reporting 10% extra fuel efficiency over its competitors.

The Volvo machines were purchased from Dandenong’s CJD Equipment, Volvo’s exclusive Australian distribution partner.

Volvo Trucks signs milestone deal with Norwegian company

In what is being described as a landmark deal by Volvo Trucks, the commercial vehicle manufacturer has announced it has agreed to provide its first commercial autonomous solution in Norway.

Brønnøy Kalk AS will use six driverless Volvo FH trucks to transport limestone from pit to port, a five-kilometre journey through a network of tunnels between the mine site and crusher.

The agreement, reportedly a first of its kind for Volvo Trucks, involves a deal whereby the customer buys a total transport service and pays per tonne delivered.
An operator of a wheel loader will manage the autonomous Volvo FH trucks from hub to hub in a controlled environment near Velfjord in Norway.

While tests for the operation have been ongoing, they are set to continue into the latter half of 2019 when it is anticipated the commercial solution will become fully operational.

It’s a first for Volvo Trucks who will be selling the transport solution rather than just autonomous trucks to Brønnøy Kalk.

Raymond Langfjord, Managing Director of the mine said it was an important first step given competition in the resources sector was always tough.

“We are continuously looking to increase our efficiency and productivity long-term, and we have a clear vision of taking advantage of new opportunities in technology and digital solutions,” he said.

“We were searching for a reliable and innovative partner that shares our focus on sustainability and safety.”

“Going autonomous will greatly increase our competitiveness in a tough global market,” said Langfjord.

Volvo Trucks, according to its President Claes Nilsson, is providing an autonomous solution that will meet the challenges of its customers in terms of safety, reliability and profitability.

“Global transport needs are continuously changing at a very high pace and the industry is demanding new and advanced solutions to stay ahead,” he said.

“Our aim is to be the leader of the development of products and services to respond to these demands” he said.

Reaching this point of introducing autonomous solutions, according to Sasko Cuklev, Volvo Trucks Director Autonomous Solutions, was exciting.

“By working in a confined area on a predetermined route, we can find out how to get the best out of the solution and tailor it according to specific customer needs,” he said.

“This is all about collaborating to develop new solutions, providing greater flexibility and efficiency as well as increased productivity.”

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