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05/05/2014 

Volvo EC250E and EC300E excavators excel in fuel efficiency



EC250E, EC300E

The new Stage IV/Tier 4 Final-compliant EC250E and EC300E crawler excavators from Volvo Construction Equipment are powerful and efficient machines, designed to reduce fuel consumption and increase productivity.

Volvo Construction Equipment’s new EC250E and EC300E crawler excavators deliver a significant improvement in fuel efficiency, saving customers both time and money. This efficiency is not only due to the Stage IV/Tier 4 Finalcompliant Volvo engine but also to a range of advanced features that optimize flow and minimize pressure losses in the hydraulic system. Chief among them is Volvo’s ECO mode. This mode is automatically selected to reduce fuel consumption without any loss of performance in most operating conditions but can be switched off via the key pad.

The operator also has the ability to manually control flow to the hydraulics using Volvo’s integrated work mode system. The operator can choose from a selection of work modes according to the demands of the task in hand. To reduce waste through idling, the new E-Series excavators include automatic idling and auto-engine shut down systems. When a machine’s controls are inactive for a pre -set amount of time (between 3 and 20 seconds), engine speed is reduced to idle. When a machine has been motionless for five minutes, the engine automatically turns off. These features help to reduce fuel consumption – and therefore, emissions and running costs – and noise for nearby workers and civilians.

The operator is able to keep track of a machine’s consumption in different applications using the eco -gauge. The eco-gauge is an added gauge bar that indicated momentary fuel consumption and can be reset through the display monitor.

Advanced HMI
The eco-gauge is just one example of the EC250E and EC300E’s advanced human machine interface which helps the operator stay confident and in control of the excavator at all times. All interfaces – including the joysticks, keypad and LCD monitor – have been ergonomically designed and positioned for optimum comfort, control and efficiency. For operator convenience and ease of use, the number of switches has been significantly reduced.

The optimally positioned keypad allows the operator to easily navigate through the LCD monitor and activate machine functions in a safe and comfortable way. The functionality of the camera, air conditioning and lights can be customized via the hot key, enabling the operator to select and save desired configurations. The windshield wipers, audio mute or camera function can also be assigned to a shortcut switch located on the joystick. This allows the operator to easily control the selected function by simply pressing a switch. For ease of operation, the new eight-inch non-glare colour LCD monitor displays the machine status as well as all the information required by the operator to maintain maximum efficiency. The new HMI also includes Bluetooth and a hands-free function to allow the operator to connect to wireless functions for easier connectivity and greater convenience.

Quicker cycle times
Greater control over the machine not only improves fuel efficiency but also cycle times for a more productive and profitable work shift. Most notably, the proportional two-pump flow makes it easier for the operator to improve the machines’ controllability, achieving a higher quality grading finish and getting the job done quicker. The high pump flow combined with the full electro-hydraulic control system also helps create faster response and cycle times. In addition, the EC300E featured increased pump input torque for even faster cycle times. With the boom float function, the power pump for boom lowering can be saved or used for other functions, further reducing cycle times and making grading operations easier.

Other features work to minimize machine downtime. The attachment management system, for example, makes changing attachments faster, safer and easier, helping the excavator get back on the job as quickly as possible. The attachment management system – controlled through the monitor – stores the settings for up to 20 different hydraulic attachments for ease for operation. Depending on the options configured, the management system can store rated flow and relieve pressure. Machine downtime is also minimized by the engine after treatment system which eliminates the need for engine regeneration. The After Treatment Control Module (ACM) automatically controls, monitors and diagnoses the after treatment system to ensure emission regulation compliance.

Durable by design
It’s not only these features that ensure the EC250E and EC300E are ready to work. The new E-Series excavators from Volvo Construction Equipment are designed for the ultimate in strength, durability and wear resistance. The heavy- duty superstructure undercover protects components within the superstructure. For increased durability, heavy-duty undercover plates provide additional protection to the underside of the machine in tough applications – preventing damage from rock and debris. The reinforced idler frame, track links and bottom rollers on the undercarriage are built to withstand tougher conditions for improved durability and reliability in demanding applications. The track links are also reinforced as is the bucket linkage. At the arm end where the most movement and wear occurs, Volvo provides wear plates which are easily replaced in a matter of hours in the field – a service that can’t be matched by its competitors.

Other key features of the EC250E and EC300E crawler excavators include an optional air blower for cleaning the cab, handrails and bolted on anti-slip plates for safe and easy access to the cab and superstructure, sturdy doors and hinges, and a large toolbox store fitted on the right side for convenient daily maintenance.

Key specs:

Model

EC250E T4F

EC300E T4F

Engine



Volvo

D8J



Rated output at



30 r/s (1,800 r/min)



ISO 9249/SAE J1349 net

159 kW

216 hp

179 kW

243 hp

Breakout force*

152/166 kN

34,270/37,290

168/182 kN

37,660/40,970

(Normal/Boost) SAE



lbf



lbf

J1179









Bucket capacity

0.56 – 1.76

0.7 – 2.0 yd3

0.55 – 2.06

0.7 – 2.0 yd3



m3



m3



Max digging reach*

10,340 m

34’ ft in

10,710 m

35’2” ft in

Max digging depth*

7,060 m

23’2” ft in

7,340 m

24’1” ft in

Lifting capacity along

9,610 kg

20,540 lb

11,400 kg

24,360 lb

undercarriage*









at reach/height

6.0/1.5 m

20/5 ft

6.0/1.5 m

20/5 ft

Operating weight

25.6-28.9 t

56,430 –

29.3 – 32.7

64,720 –





63,790 lbs

t

72,260 lb

*EC250E: 6 m (19’8”) boom, 2.7 m (9’9”) arm Long crawler, 4,950 kg (10,910 lb) CWT

EC300E: 6.2 m (20’34”) boom, 3.05 m (10’) arm Long crawler, 5,500 kg (12,130 lb) CWT
The EC250E and EC300E excavators are available in North America and Europe (EMEA West & North with the exception of Russia).

Ends.

March 2014

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Thorsten Poszwa 
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Volvo Construction Equipment 
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