Archive for October, 2012

New combine header from John Deere

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

A new range of VarioStar cutting platforms, featuring a hydraulically operated extendable knife, is optionally available for all John Deere’s 2013 model year combines.

This versatile platform is available in four cutting widths of 6.1, 6.7, 7.6 and 9.15m, and can be used in all crops and conditions. The knife position is seamlessly adjustable from a control box in the cab over a distance of 500mm, without the need for any inserts or additional parts. The platform can also be converted in less than 15 minutes to harvest oilseed rape, using vertically mounted side knives stored in the platform trailer.

VarioStar is designed to deliver a good crop flow to evenly feed the combine, and incorporates a split 620mm diameter intake auger to maintain the combine’s high productivity. The knife is guided by a roller bearing which allows high ground speeds and is fully integrated into the combine’s active contour following system.

Specifically designed for European crops and conditions, John Deere’s W, T and S-Series combine range, introduced for the 2012 harvest season, features models from 260 to 617hp (maximum rating at ECE R120), providing even higher levels of grain harvesting productivity and operator comfort.

The top of the range S690 features the most powerful engine available in a combine today, and the largest grain tank, at 14,100 litres or 10 tonnes capacity, which can be emptied in just 105 seconds. In addition, W and T-Series models feature the largest active separation areas in the industry, at up to 3.36m2, and the largest grain tank available on a straw-walker machine, at 11,000 litres.

Key features of the 11-model range available in the UK and Ireland include an integrated 66cm (26in) wide rubber track design for S-Series models only, suitable for road speeds up to 30kph, with full hydraulic suspension and an overall transport width of 3.47m; newly designed transmissions and Premium cab; a new cleaning shoe with an active returns system plus a new high performance Variable Stream Rotor on the expanded S-Series range of three models; a wider range of cutting platforms up to 10.7m (35ft), including the versatile PremiumFlow header; an enhanced residue management system; and a wider range of flotation tyre options.

The newly consolidated John Deere range consists of the W540, W550, W650 and W660 conventional five and six straw-walker combines; the restyled five- and six-walker T550, T560, T660 and T670 models, featuring the company’s established tangential tine separation technology; and the S670, S680 and S690 combines, which now provide even greater harvesting capacity in all crops and conditions.

John Deere’s web-based JDLink telematics solution is supplied free, as standard, with new W, T and S-Series combine models for the first year of ownership. This system offers three specification levels, allowing it to be tailored to individual business needs. JDLink provides data on machine location and fuel consumption, as well as machine hour and location tracking, geofencing to protect a machine from misuse, and maintenance planning. This enables fleet owners and managers to determine, for example, if operators need more training.
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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

JCB has won a landmark deal to supply
engines to the world’s leading manufacturer of street cleansing equipment.
The agreement – initially worth almost £3 million a year – has been secured
with Johnston Sweepers, which supplies its equipment to the public sector,
contractors, the rental market and airports through a network of 200 global

The contract is a significant milestone
for JCB as it has been secured just weeks after the new Tier 4 Ecomax engine
went into full production at JCB Power Systems in Foston, Derbyshire. JCB’s
engines already power more than 70% of the construction and agricultural
machines JCB manufactures every year.

JCB Powertrain Managing Director Malcolm
Sandford said: “JCB and Johnston Sweepers share the same values of producing
world-beating products driven by excellence in design, manufacturing and
efficient operation. The JCB Ecomax engine will deliver huge benefits to
Johnston Sweepers and we are delighted to secure this business.”

JCB won the order against fierce international
competition. Production of the engines for Johnston Sweepers’ equipment
will begin in December. Johnston Sweepers will predominantly be supplied
with JCB’s 4.4 litre 55kW Ecomax engine, which is Tier 4 final ready,
without the requirement for SCR systems or diesel exhaust fluid / Adblue™.

Founded in 1904 and with two British
factories, Johnston Sweepers sell all over the world including UK, Western
Europe, Australia, Russia and the USA. The JCB Ecomax engine will power
a new range of truck mounted sweepers for the company, known as the V Range,
which incorporates more than 1,000 design changes.

Graham Howlett, Johnston Sweepers’
UK Sales Manager, said: “With the advanced technology of the latest JCB
tier 4 compliant engine at the heart of the new sweeper range, we are maximising
performance, payload, fuel consumption and water conservation and producing
the most cost effective and practical city sweeper on the market.

“The JCB Ecomax engine is the cleanest
and most efficient engine available, designed and built in Britain by JCB.
They were chosen for their advanced engineering, the 55kW pack already
meeting future Tier 4 final emissions legislation.

“The engine delivers improved fuel
consumption and lower emissions, reducing operating costs and helping authorities
to improve their air quality scores, while also lowering vibration and
noise generation for greater operator comfort and overall less noise pollution.”

With the introduction of Tier 4 interim
legislation, most engine manufacturers set out to meet the massive reductions
in particulate emissions by incorporating a diesel particulate filter.
JCB used the new laws as an opportunity to innovate and engineer a solution
that meant no after-treatment and consequently lower running costs for
the customer.

One of the major benefits is on fuel
consumption and the Ecomax engine achieves savings of up to 10% compared
to its Tier 3 counterpart. In addition, there is a huge maintenance
and service benefit with the Ecomax as it runs on standard engine oils,
with no additional service requirements.


Monday, October 22nd, 2012

JCB Marketing Manager Alex Wood is
among hundreds of people limbering up for an exciting charity events of
the year: the JCB Mud Run.
The 27-year-old, who works at JCB’s
World HQ is Rocester, Staffordshire, is among one of the first competitors
to sign up for the event in aid of the NSPCC, JCB’s nominated charity.
The JCB Mud Run will involve hundreds of entrants running, walking,
slithering and sliding their way around 20 obstacles across a 5 mile course
on JCB land near to the World HQ. It is expected to attract hundreds of
competitors from across Staffordshire and beyond.
Alex said: “I play a lot of sport
but have never taken part in a mud run. They are growing in popularity
across the UK and the JCB Mud Run will be great fun as well as putting
my fitness to the test. I’m really looking forward to taking part.”
Hayley Lowndes, 26, Community Liaison
Manager at the JCB Academy, Rocester, is also taking part. She said: “I’ve
never done a mud run before but having had a practice session, I’m really
looking forward to it.”
The event will take place on Saturday
November 10th and will raise money towards JCB’s £1 million NSPCC Appeal
which is paying for a specialist centre in Newcastle, Staffs, dedicated
to saving babies and young children across Staffordshire from abuse and
harm. Competitors can enter via
and run either as an individual or as a team of four. Entry is in advance
only and closes on 9th November 2012.
JCB is working with specialist challenge
event organiser Eight Point Two to build, excavate, construct and lift
challenging obstacles into place that competitors will climb over, swim
through, swing across and slide down in this charity mud run that will
test the endurance, co-ordination and strength of the participants.
Matt McClurg, JCB’s Worldwide Marketing
Director said: “Mud runs are increasing in popularity around the world
and this will be a real fun way of raising money for JCB’s NSPCC Appeal.
In addition, the strength and endurance needed to complete the course fits
well with JCB’s brand and machines.”
Entry is strictly limited to 1,500
places and every penny of every registration fee will be donated to the
NSPCC. Competitors will be allowed to be cheered on by supporters but these
must also be registered in advance to ensure that they can be transported
to the start.

Caterpillar Unveils First Hybrid Excavator

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

PEORIA, Ill. – Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) unveiled the first model in its new line of hybrid excavators, the Cat® 336E H, at its Mossville Industrial Design Center on Oct. 16 at a special trade press event, “The Next Generation is Here.” The new 336E H will be sold and serviced exclusively through the global Cat dealer network following the machine’s official launch at bauma 2013 in Munich, Germany. The order board for the Cat 336E H opens in Feb. 2013, with factory shipments beginning in March 2013.

The Cat 336E H uses a new hydraulic hybrid technology developed by Caterpillar. “A hybrid is independent of any particular technology—it doesn’t have to be electric,” said Ken Gray, global product manager for large hydraulic excavators for Caterpillar’s Excavation Division. “There are many ways to store and reuse energy, including our patented hydraulic hybrid system featured on the Cat 336E H.”

“Caterpillar has developed, built, and tested electric hybrid excavators, but—until now—we had not found a hybrid approach that would actually lower our customers’ owning and operating costs,” Gray said. “Large excavators operate in high-production applications in which fuel is a very significant operating cost for our customers. So, the 336E H, the hybrid version of our workhorse 336E, is ideal for introducing our new hydraulic hybrid technology, with its more than 300 filed patents.”

“We can’t wait to see the reaction of our customers to the 336E H,” said Gray. “We’re confident they will be delighted. No other commercially available technology has higher power density than hydraulics, and that’s why we selected a hydraulic solution to help our customers achieve substantial fuel savings. The 336E H also meets stringent Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIB emission standards. It is extraordinarily quiet, too. So it’s a socially responsible machine for our customers to own, and they will sacrifice nothing in terms of performance, power, force, speed or production. Once more, the owning and operating costs for the 336E H are actually lower than the standard machine. That’s the value customers expect from Cat excavators.”

“The 336E H is a game-changer—the most revolutionary excavator to come to market in decades,” said Gary Stampanato, vice president of Caterpillar’s Excavation Division. “Customers aren’t going to choose the 336E H simply because it is sustainable. They will select it because it actually lowers their owning and operating costs, and maintains the performance of our industry leader, the 336E. Caterpillar has the most productive and fuel-efficient excavator product line in the industry, and our customers are supported by the best dealers in the world. The 336E H extends our leadership, is the right thing to do for our customers and is a sign of great things to come.”336E_H_Excavator_1336E_H_Excavator_2

New 6M Series tractors from John Deere

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Available from December 2012, John Deere’s versatile 6M Series tractors provide more power, functionality and operator comfort than their 6030 Series predecessors, offering new levels of efficiency and performance from a standard tractor range.

The newly styled 6M Series (see table below) includes tractors from 115hp to a new top of the range 170hp (EC 97/68), and a 140hp model featuring the highest power level yet from a John Deere four-cylinder tractor. The existing 6130, 6230 and 6330 Standard Cab models from 85 to 105hp will remain in the range for 2013.

John Deere 6M Series tractors feature a full-frame design, three wheelbase sizes, optional Triple Link Suspension (TLS) and an optional front axle brake to deliver maximum braking power with minimal pedal force.

The 6115M, 6125M, 6130M and 6140M models are equipped with Stage IIIB compliant 4.5-litre four-cylinder PowerTech PVX engines, while the larger 6150M and 6170M are powered by Stage IIIB 6.8-litre six-cylinder PowerTech PVX engines – the same as the premium 6R Series tractors. All models feature a rated engine speed of 2100rpm (reduced from 2200rpm), a new cooling system and an increased fuel tank capacity of up to 405 litres.

Using field proven technologies to meet the latest emissions standards, these fuel-efficient diesel-only engines feature exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) and an exhaust filter. This last component includes a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

The enhanced cab offers numerous improvements, including a newly designed dashboard with an integrated onboard display to facilitate machine settings. The display can also be used as a performance monitor.

The proven PowrQuad and AutoQuad Plus 40kph transmissions allow smooth gear changes on the move, assisted by a standard declutch button. Thanks to the newly available EcoShift mode, engine rpm is automatically reduced when reaching high speeds, thus improving the tractor’s fuel efficiency and further reducing noise levels.

More power, faster response times, increased operator comfort and enhanced efficiency are provided by the 6M Series’ improved hydraulic system. Four-cylinder models feature an 80 litre/min pressure compensated system, with the option to fit a 114 litre/min pressure and flow compensated version, which is fitted as standard to six-cylinder models.

Other options designed to provide additional versatility and performance include larger tyre sizes of up to 2m diameter, an ex-factory front hitch and pto, and a choice of John Deere front loaders designed to match individual tractors.

In addition, the optional iTEC Basic headland management system helps the operator to automate multiple functions simultaneously. John Deere 6M Series tractors can also be optionally fitted with GreenStar and ISOBUS ready wiring, to further improve productivity, and come fitted as standard with CESAR Datatag and integrated immobiliser systems.

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JCB Gets It Right With The 550-80 Waste Master

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

A leading Hampshire-based waste management firm has purchased one of the first new JCB 550-80 Wastemaster Loadall telescopic handlers to go into action for heavy-duty materials handling at its waste recycling facility.
M Collard Waste Management Services Ltd is using the new model at its facility in Yateley, Hampshire, where it recycles the materials returned from its skip hire business. Supplied by JCB dealer, Greenshields JCB, the JCB 550-80 Wastemaster has been purpose-built by JCB in response to customer demand for a machine with even greater lift performance at reach and rapid loading cycles.
The eight-metre lift height, five-tonne maximum lift capacity 550-80 Wastemaster is JCB’s highest capacity Loadall and has been specifically designed for bulk handling operations in heavier duty waste applications.
Mick Collard, Director of M Collard Waste Management Services, said: “We have previously bought second-hand equipment, but when we saw the new JCB 550-80 Wastemaster being demonstrated we knew it was the model we wanted. It is a front-line machine, in use from the beginning to the end of the day and without it we couldn’t do the job as effectively. The waste industry is a very, very hard environment and we need machines that can cope with that environment and nobody else comes close to giving us that. JCB listened to industry to find our what we need and has got it right with 550-80 Wastemaster.”

Powered by either a 100hp (74 kW) or 130hp (97kW) engine, the machine boasts a highly capable transmission, 140 litres/min Variflo hydraulics and Hiflow pipework for optimised cycle times and auxiliary service performance. It also features noise reduction, improved visibility, air conditioning and reversible fan cooling.
The company is particularly impressed with the reversible fan-cooling feature on the 550-80WM, which it has already used several times. Reversible fan cooling prevents overheating caused by dust collecting in the radiator – which is a major problem for the waste industry. Traditionally to clear dust, an operator would have to stop and leave the machine to use a compressor. With the JCB 550-80 Wastemaster a single button activates the system.

Operating for over 40 years, longstanding JCB customer M Collard Waste Management is a family-run business with sites at Yateley and Reading. It supplies skips to the trade and public, covering an area including Reading, Henley, Windsor, Bagshot, Camberley, Guildford, Farnborough, Aldershot and Basingstoke. The company currently recycles 89 per cent of the waste collected.
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