The new heavy-duty EC380E crawler excavator by Volvo might be the most user-friendly piece of heavy equipment available. According to the respected SitePrepMag.com it, “efficiently flexes its muscles”. The EC380E — which was revealed at the CONEXPO-CONAGG show in Las Vegas — delivers a more powerful dig with better fuel efficiency than previous similar pieces of heavy equipment.
Those attributes grab our attention here at the North America Heavy Equipment Training Services (NAHETS). We always applaud companies that focus on making things easier for workers and heavy equipment operators, so today we recognize Volvo executives for taking heavy equipment to another level.
What is also exciting to us at NAHETS is that we believe the advanced technology will allow the training we provide to be even more effective. We share a simple philosophy with Volvo that “operators work more efficiently when they’re given the best tools for the job.” We understand that those “tools” can mean either the best physical equipment or the best training. But when provided both, employees are placed in a position to achieve ultimate success and maximum productivity.
Volvo company executives say that on top of being a superior production machine, the EC380E has been designed for ease and simplicity of operation. All human machine interfaces – including the joysticks, keypad and LCD monitor – are ergonomically designed and positioned for optimum comfort and control. The number of switches has been significantly reduced in comparison to previous models, while the eight-inch color LCD screen, displaying machine status information vital for maximizing productivity and uptime, is easy to read in any light.
The Volvo EC380E crawler excavator has been designed not only for ease of operation but also for simple maintenance. This ensures maximum uptime and minimum expenditure on parts and servicing. The EC380E’s strong three-piece undercarriage and high tensile steel X-shaped frame have been reinforced to ensure a long service life, while additional superstructure cover plates prevent damage to the underside of the machine from rock and debris.
The machine vitals are protected from damage by overheating thanks to a hydraulically-driven, electrically-controlled cooling fan that activates only when needed, further minimizing fuel consumption and noise. The fan also has optional reverse functionality, which blows air in the opposite direction, enables self-cleaning for ease of maintenance.
Powered by a proven Tier 4 Final Volvo D13J engine generating maximum net output of 306 hp, the EC380E delivers high digging and breakout forces, reduced emissions, and a 9-percent improvement in fuel efficiency, the company says. Built for mass excavation, the machine has an operating weight ranging from 79,400 to 94,800 lbs., depending on configuration. For more about the EC380E visit Volvo.com for specific details and specs, click HERE.
Way to go, Volvo! We look forward to providing operators top-level training on your new groundbreaking equipment. The combination of Volvo equipment and NAHETS training will, indeed, provide the best foundation for any level of operator.
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