Terex Construction has announced that a duo of new technologies will be added as standard to all models across its market-leading range of Stage IIIB/Tier 4 final-compliant nine and ten-tonne site dumpers.
Introduced earlier this year as part of a strategic trial to set new standards in the compact equipment marketplace, the technologies are proven to improve productivity, reduce maintenance requirements and deliver greater fuel economies. Each state-of-the-art development has been designed to improve efficiency while delivering an excellent return on investment by lowering machine running costs.
The first technology – Stop/Start Control – has been designed to improve on-site safety, minimise fuel consumption and increase service intervals. With suitable interlocks in place to prevent unexpected movement, the new system will automatically start and stop the engine in predetermined conditions. Compliant with ISO13849 functional safety, the innovative technology means that, when loading materials, site managers will no longer have to worry about equipment being left running.
The introduction of Stop/Start Control will reduce hours on the clock, provide fuel savings and extend service intervals. Tested duty cycles have shown hundreds of pounds of fuel savings per year, as well as extending service intervals by 24 weeks (on a typical 500-hour maintenance schedule).
The second technology, Autoshift, complements Stop-Start Control and will be featured on all new nine and ten-tonne models as standard. Many automatic transmission solutions use engine speed to trigger gear change points. Autoshift, however, uses torque demand to guide changes. In challenging and demanding conditions – such as steep gradients and high payloads – Autoshift technology enables the transmission to hold lower gears for longer, providing torque, power and drive when it’s needed most. When the machine is unladen, the system allows gears to be changed quickly, again improving operator productivity and fuel efficiency.
Paul Macpherson, Sales and Marketing Director at Terex Construction’s Coventry facility, commented: “As the UK market leader in site dumper equipment, continually improving our portfolio to deliver even greater customer benefit is a key part of our product development strategy.
“Following lengthy research and trials, the introduction of these three new technologies is hugely exciting for Terex Construction. The feedback we have received from operators and distributors confirms that the introduction of these innovations is already benefiting on-site productivity – saving time and saving money.”