Volvo’s EC950E and A60H, the equipment manufacturer’s biggest-ever excavator and hauler respectively, can together be expected to deliver a high level of productivity in the mining industry.
The EC950E is Volvo’s new flagship crawler excavator and is proving to be extremely competitive in its 90-tonne weight class. Similarly, Volvo’s 60-tonne A60H, the world’s largest articulated hauler, sets productivity standards for quarries, open cut mines and large earth-moving operations.
While both machines offer state-of-the-art performance individually, when matched together, customers can experience the unprecedented productivity and ownership advantages these units offer, according to Volvo.
“The EC950E and the A60H are the ideal pairing for mining or other large projects such as infrastructure, irrigation or major earthworks,” Volvo’s APAC vice-president of dealer development and sales support A.M. Muralidharan said.
“Together they can move more material faster and more efficiently than any other combination of Volvo machines.”
The EC950E will move around 35 per cent more material than the EC750D which was previously the largest machine in Volvo´s excavator range. For the A60H hauler, it will move 40 per cent more material than the Volvo A40G.
“By using these highly-productive machines our customers can get more done with fewer machines, allowing them to optimise their fleet sizes,” noted Muralidharan.
“This delivers better operating efficiency, particularly in mine management or in equipment allocation on large projects. Having larger machines also means fewer operators and less maintenance, delivering further resource optimisation.”
Muralidharan said the machines are well suited to Australian mining projects regardless of the commodity at the mine. He added the combination also suited quarry and infrastructure projects in Australia.
“We are already in contact with major contractors in these segments. Our first set of machines will be on their way (in May) and will be tried in Australian conditions,” Muralidharan told Australian Mining.
Durable and powerful
With a bucket breakout force of 424kN and an arm tearout force of 408kN, the EC950E offers strong digging force, particularly when working with hard and heavy materials, according to Volvo.
Powered by a 446kW Volvo D16 engine, the machine utilises advanced technology built on experience in the industry to ensure highly-productive operations. Cycle times are cut to a minimum thanks to the power and torque of the engine combined with a new fully electro-hydraulic system.
The EC950E features a wide track gauge, long track length, a retractable undercarriage and optimised counterweight, resulting in a well-balanced, solid machine.
All machine interfaces – including joysticks, keypad and LCD monitor – are ergonomically positioned and designed for optimum control and efficiency.
For increased versatility, the attachment management system enables the use of various attachments, allowing the operator to pre-set hydraulic flow and pressure through the in-cab monitor.
The heavy-duty design of the EC950E ensures the job is done quickly and without delay. Built with protected components, including a heavy-duty boom and arm, a strong frame, and a heavy-duty plate, Volvo says the machine can be relied on for longevity and sustained uptime in demanding applications.
Largest hauler – move more for less
The A60H features the latest innovations from Volvo, including matched drivetrain, automatic 6×4 or 6×6 drive combinations (including 100 per cent differential locks), all-terrain bogie, hydro-mechanical steering and active suspension.
Fitted with an active hydraulic front suspension for higher hauling speeds in tough conditions, the A60H optimises operator comfort and stability during travel, allowing more material to be moved in a shorter time for unmatched productivity.
The A60H is powered by a 16-litre Volvo engine, delivering 495kW of power and 3200Nm of torque, as well as excellent fuel efficiency. It also embodies the full articulated hauler concept, providing total versatility so customers can access the entire jobsite and climb steeper gradients.
Customers can work in all seasons, terrains and applications, while a choice of machine configurations and tyres means the machine can be tailored to suit the application.x
The A60H’s dump support system, hill assist and load and dump brake, further help the operator stay in control, delivering extra productivity and safety.