The newest 25 models in the Komatsu range, which span excavators, loaders, trucks and graders, debuted at a ‘Boots On’ event held on 10 and 11 May at the Hunter Plant Operating Training School in Cessnock, New South Wales.
The event was designed to introduce Komatsu’s latest offerings – including the HM400-5 articulated dump truck, the GD655-6 grader and the HD605-8 rigid frame dump truck – to existing and potential customers across Australia.
Other machines on show included the PC240LC-11, PC290LC-11 and PC360LC-11 construction excavators, the intelligent Machine Control (iMC) PC210LCi-10 excavator, the PC490LC-11 heavy construction/quarrying excavator and the WA380-8, WA470-8, WA500-8 and WA600-8 wheel loaders.
Komatsu also demonstrated its SmartConstruction technology, which covers the critical steps in a project’s development, from initial site survey, design and professional consultancy, through to operation and production.
SmartConstruction’s capabilities include improving site process and productivity, machine control management, machine interconnectivity and reviewing project production and output.
Nearly 150 attendees from the industry were at the event, and all had the opportunity to test the capabilities of the machines for themselves.
All of the machines feature Komatsu’s Tier 4 Final engine technology, which can reduce emissions levels by 90 per cent when compared with their previous generation equivalent machines, Dean Gaedtke, Komatsu’s Executive General Manager Construction noted.
“Komatsu has introduced new electronic control systems throughout the new machines that ensure engine power, hydraulic requirements and transmission output is optimised – resulting in fuel consumption savings of between five per cent and 15 per cent,” Gaedtke said.
“In addition, all Komatsu’s new Tier 4 machines take advantage of the company’s latest developments in its KOMTRAX telematics-based remote monitoring system to deliver owners and fleet managers even more data about key operating criteria.”
The technology introduced in the new machines includes:
- A heavy-duty after treatment system.
- An advanced electronic control system.
- A heavy-duty cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system.
- A Komatsu variable geometry turbocharger (KVGT) system.
- A heavy-duty high pressure common rail (HPCR) fuel injection system.
The Tier 4 Final machines also offer the latest KOMTRAX Step 5 telematics-based remote monitoring systems, Komatsu’s general manager of construction and utility Charles Wheeldon said.
“For machine managers, knowing important operational details such as idle time and fuel consumption helps maximise machine efficiency, and enables decisions that can improve fleet utilisation,” Wheeldon noted.
“It’s the most sophisticated version of KOMTRAX to date, designed to provide equipment managers with data that increases their peace of mind, knowing that the advanced technologies incorporated in today’s equipment are working reliably to deliver operational efficiencies.”
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