UNITED STATES: Volvo Construction Equipment introduced new machines and new operator systems, and launched an industry-leading active machine monitoring service at the show in Las Vegas, the largest construction industry event of its kind of the year
A team of more than 150 knowledgeable Volvo experts were on hand to help visitors to CONEXPO 2017 get the most out of their visit. Volvo Construction Equipment sister brands Volvo Trucks, Volvo Penta, Terex Trucks, SDLG and Volvo Financial Services also showed off their latest wares, underlining the Volvo Group’s power to provide complete customer solutions. Volvo CE is supporting its North American dealer network by introducing ActiveCare Direct, a telematics monitoring service that cuts through the data mountain and condenses it to just the facts customers need to know about how their machines and operators are performing.
STAND AND DELIVER
With 40,000 square feet (12,000m2) of indoor (above) and outdoor exhibition space as its canvas, Volvo CE was able to field a fleet of 28 machines. Visitors to the Volvo CE stands could leave CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 knowing how the combination of its machines, coupled with the latest operating technology and machine management, can make an important contribution to lowering the cost of doing business.
Volvo CE’s CONEXPO 2017 show theme ‘Push Boundaries’ placed emphasis on how innovation and new technology can make a tangible difference to customers’ livelihoods. With access to interactive stations, visitors were able to learn more about Volvo Co-Pilot, a system that offers a range of intelligent machine services – Load Assist (above), Dig Assist (below), Compact Assist and Haul Assist – that help operators deliver higher quality outcomes.
The new 60-ton/55-tonne Volvo A60H meets a growing demand for an articulated hauler with larger capacity. The machine’s higher payload – a 40% increase on Volvo’s A40 models – significantly lowers the cost-per-tonne ratio for hauler customers. The new size is a viable alternative to rigid dump trucks and construction trucks when operating on soft, uneven or steep roads, allowing loads to be shifted more quickly. With long service intervals and minimal maintenance requirements, the A60H also boasts many of the features of its well-respected predecessors.
The brand-new Volvo DD140C (pictured) and DD120C are the next generation of double-drum asphalt compactors, featuring a range of intelligently designed features delivering enhanced performance and productivity. These fuel-efficient machines, powered by the premium Volvo Tier 4 Final engine, offer unobstructed sightlines down to the drum for maximum safety and rolling precision. Thanks to dynamic drum forces the asphalt compactor cuts vibration system start-up power in half, enabling the roller to operate more effectively with the engine, even at high altitude. Additionally, these models can be equipped with Volvo’s Compact Assist intelligent compaction technology, developed specifically for Volvo compactors.
50 GOLDEN YEARS
Volvo CE’S celebration of 50 years of articulated hauler production was represented by a giant gold-painted A40G hauler (below), auctioned off in February. Proceeds of the auction are in aid of Skills USA/Skills Canada to support technical education to fill the need for more skilled workers in North America. The golden hauler was joined by the stars of hit reality TV show Gold Rush (Discovery GO), signing autographs and giving tips on the best way to pan for gold.
YouTube ‘letsdig18’ sensation Chris Guins (below) reported from the stand, adding to the 87 million views that show himand his colleagues operating heavy construction machinery.