Update for Volvo H-Series wheel loaders
Models from L60H up to L350H receive additional enhancements for reduced total cost of ownership
VOLVO Construction Equipment’s H-Series wheel loaders have been consistently improved throughout their lifetime and have now received additional enhancements that help reduce total cost of ownership
In 2014 Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) introduced the L60H-L220H wheel loaders and in 2017 the big sisters L260H and L350H followed.
‘Over the years, we have built on experience and worked closely with customers to improve these machines,’ explained product manager Lars Eriksson. ‘Now, in 2020, we have introduced new features that take these machines to a new level of efficiency.’
The rimpull control system now comes as standard on all H-Series models. This function allows operators to minimize wheel spin and optimize the balance between rimpull and hydraulic functions. In turn, this helps reduce tyre wear and fuel consumption for more efficient bucket filling.
Volvo CE’s unique Volvo Co-Pilot monitor is now available on a wider range of machines from the L60H up to the L350H. The 10in in-cab touchscreen provides access to several Load Assist applications (depending on machine model) aimed at optimizing operator performance and site efficiency.
First, there is the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System that gives operators real-time information on the conditions of machine tyres. By monitoring individual tyre pressure and temperature, the app helps to save fuel and prolong tyre life, as well as avoiding expensive damage, repairs or downtime.
A Map application has also been added so operators can get better visibility and understanding of the site layout and real-time site traffic situation, allowing them to adjust their driving behaviour accordingly. Weather, Calculator and Notes apps are new too – these functions work similarly to those found on a smartphone and are pre-installed in the Volvo Co-Pilot.
To help in loading the optimum amount of material, the On-Board Weighing app has been upgraded to include two new task modes – stockpiling and processing – adapting the on-screen layout and information displayed according to the task at hand.
For increased convenience and safety, both the rear-view camera and radar detector system are now displayed on the Volvo Co-Pilot display. To support the operators further, Volvo CE have also introduced an Operator Coaching application, which is designed to enhance operator performance and provide guidance to help get the most out of Volvo wheel loaders and thereby help reduce operating costs.
To minimize downtime and service costs, several new updates have also been added to the H-Series wheel loaders, including as extended engine oil change interval, which will be 1,000 hours as standard for H-Series models equipped with Stage V engines from April 2020.
New handles have also been installed on both sides of the counterweight facility, helping to make accessing service points easier. This feature comes as standard for the L150H to L260H models.
A quick-fit connector on the hydraulic tank is now fitted as standard on all H-Series models, resulting in quicker and easier hydraulic oil filling. Also, customers who specify the biodegradable hydraulic oil option now benefit from an extended change interval, doubled to 8,000 hours.
Finally, on the L150H up to L260H models, a new quick-fit option allows cleaner and rapid engine oil changes – in as little as 15 minutes – helping eliminate oil spillage and contamination.
‘We are confident these updates will help get the most out of Volvo H-Series wheel loaders,’ said Lars Eriksson. ‘As always, we want to hear from customers and build on our knowledge to continue to bring the best machines that the current technology has to offer.’