Latest model offers increased efficiency, reduced running costs and higher levels of safety
HITACHI Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) have launched their first ICT hydraulic excavator with machine control in Europe, the ZX210X-6, which has been designed to offer increased efficiency (by an estimated 30-50%), enhanced safety and user-friendly operation.
One of the key features of the ZX210X-6 excavator that allows it to work quicker than conventional machines is the bucket angle retention. According to HCME, ‘slope finishing’ can be carried out with fewer movements, for example, as the angle of the bucket is maintained throughout. This also allows the operator to focus on the operation of the boom and arm.
Another feature is an overcut protection function, which gives operators the ability to work quickly and easily, without worrying about over digging. The edge of the bucket is controlled by the ZX210X-6, so that it follows the target surface.
The responsive sensors mounted on the body, boom, arm and bucket of the ZX210X-6 are among the fastest available. These help provide accurate measurement of the excavator’s incline and the machine’s front working angle.
The accuracy and positioning of the excavator is determined by the use of either a 3D or 2D system. Civil engineering design data (in 3D) can be downloaded by the machine via the Internet or a USB device while its position and altitude are ascertained by satellite positioning and sensors.
Alternatively, the 2D system uses coordinates calculated from design drawings and the operator can enter this data manually into the monitor. It uses the machine as a reference point, taking information from the sensors. Some staking is required for measuring on site when using the 2D system, but this is significantly reduced using the 3D option.
The excavator is equipped with a factory-fitted 10in Trimble touchscreen monitor, which has a split-screen option to show two or three views simultaneously. The operator can rotate the view of the machine 360°, along with zooming in and out of the view to monitor progress.
The introduction of the ZX210X-6 machine to the European market is a significant milestone for HCME, in the wider context of the development of ICT construction solutions and the increasing importance of BIM (building information modelling) in the construction industry.
Wilbert Blom, product manager for HCME, said: ‘The ZX210X-6 excavator plays a pivotal role in Hitachi’s ICT construction solutions, which connect people, information, processes and technology to create safe and productive working environments. More accurate than its competitors, it is the most technologically advanced Hitachi excavator to date.’