JCB equipment geared for waste and recycling operations
JCB 560-80 telehandler and 457 loader designed to meet the needs of waste-management sector
TOUGHNESS and reliability probably springs to mind when it comes to investing in new materials-handling machines. However, according to JCB, it takes ‘brains and brawn’ to increase productivity, minimize downtime and promote health and safety on waste and recycling sites.
Take for example the JCB 560-80 telehandler, one of the models in the company’s Wastemaster range, which delivers a maximum height of 8.1m and 6,000kg load capacity at the front-end (3,000kg at full height).
The machine has been also been designed to promote safety with key features such as automotive inspired power brakes, which offer proportional braking throughout the pedal travel to improve braking and safe stopping. There is also an operator presence switch that prevents telehandler movement whenever drivers leave their seats, while adaptive load control technology automatically controls hydraulic operation to help maintain the unit’s longitudinal stability.
Waste recycling sites can be loud environments at the best of times, but the hydraulic cooling fan on the JCB 457 wheel loader automatically reacts to ambient temperatures and adjusts the machine’s fan speed to optimize cooling, making it quieter as well as reducing fuel consumption and operating costs.
The use of LiveLink is an ongoing success for JCB as the telematics system allows mixed-fleet operators to control all of their plant and equipment via a single network. LiveLink is said to be used on more than 160,000 JCB machines worldwide and boasts 70,000-plus logins per month. Its remote machine-monitoring benefits are now available to customers who operate non-JCB equipment.
All machine information – whether JCB or another brand of equipment – can be displayed and interpreted in one secure, intuitive web portal or integrated into the user’s own IT system. In addition, JCB can provide several developer toolkit services to assist with integrating machine data into existing systems and rental/fleet management software.
LiveLink increases fuel economy by providing fleet managers with up-to-the-minute fuel usage data, including actual fuel consumption and fuel tank level. Other benefits include: enhanced preventative maintenance; while cautions (eg water in the fuel tank) can be sent to both the customer and local JCB dealer, where they can be monitored and used to signal the need for maintenance or a change of operation on site.
JCB LiveLink demonstrates that technology applied to mobile recycling equipment can lead to financial and cost-effective benefits in the operators’ bottom line.