3/20/2014

Volvo EC380E is a heavy hitter in tough conditions



by PRESS INFORMATION

The EC380E crawler excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment features a powerful Tier 4 Final engine, combining superior efficiency, productivity and durability for maximum profitability in quarry and mass excavation applications.

EC380E

The Volvo heavy-duty EC380E crawler excavator is an exceptionally productive machine that lowers operating costs through reduced fuel consumption and simple maintenance requirements. Powered by a proven Tier 4 Final Volvo D13 engine, the EC380E delivers high digging and breakout forces alongside reduced emissions with a 9 percent improvement in fuel efficiency.

The Volvo EC380E’s hydraulics are perfectly matched to the engine and are controlled by an advanced system which provides on-demand flow and reduces power losses within the circuit. The unique Volvo ECO mode contributes up to 9 percent of the machine’s total improved efficiency — without any loss of performance in most operating conditions. As well as improving fuel efficiency, this increases control for more precise performance. The integrated work mode system offers the operator a choice of four work modes – I (Idle), F (Fine), G (General), or H (Heavy) — for optimum efficiency and machine performance. When the controls have been inactive for a pre-set amount of time, the excavator can be programmed to automatically reduce engine speed or even shut down to further reduce fuel consumption and noise. Operators can keep track of both current and average fuel consumption via a simple gauge in the cab.

User-friendly HMI
Operators work more efficiently when given the best tools for the job. That is why on top of being a superior production machine, the EC380E has been designed for ease and simplicity of operation. All operator controls —including 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. To ensure operator safety, a seat belt warning alarm sounds if the operator seat belt is not fastened when the ignition key is turned. Handrails and full-size guide-rails facilitate safe entry and exit of the cab and top of the upper frame, while easy-clean, anti-slip plates help the operator gain sure footing. 

Maximum uptime
The EC380E 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 high tensile steel X-shaped frame has 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 with a hydraulically-driven, electrically-controlled cooling fan that activates only when needed, further minimizing fuel consumption and noise. The fan’s optional reverse functionality, which blows air in the opposite direction, enables self-cleaning for ease of maintenance. Grouped service points and large wide opening doors help to quickly and easily carry out daily service checks, making it possible to get the most out of every operating shift.

Uptime is also increased by the sheer versatility of the EC380E, which can be adapted through a wide range of attachments. These durable attachments have been purpose-built to work in harmony with Volvo excavators for unrivalled performance whatever the application. General purpose buckets are the perfect tool for digging and re-handling in soft to medium conditions, while the heavy-duty buckets are intended for productive digging in compact materials. A selection of economic, replaceable wear parts including high-quality teeth, segments, side cutters, adapters and shrouds are also available to protect the bucket and ensure long life.

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