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Volvo takes aim at waste

Aimed at the waste handling segment, Volvo CE launches the all-new EW200E Material Handler. In addition, its bigger brother, the EW240E Material Handler, has been updated with a new, longer straight boom.

Designed and manufactured at the company’s factory in Germany, the material handlers from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) promise maximum reliability, flexibility and productivity in waste and recycling applications. The new EW200E Materials Handler weighs 22.6 tons and is powered by a Stage V Volvo engine, which provides 129 kW. This machine has a 5.5 or 6.25 metres straight boom, 4 metres gooseneck arm, and a forward reach of 9.2 or 10.1 metres.

Volvo CE has also extended the reach of its existing EW240E Material Handler intended for use in the recycling segment, introducing a new 7.25 metre straight boom, which brings the reach – when combined with the existing 5 metre long gooseneck arm – to an impressive 12 metres.

Built on decades of engineering excellence, the EW200E Material Handler is purpose-built for waste handling applications. Thanks to proven components shared with the EW240E Material Handler and other existing Volvo wheeled excavators, Volvo has spent time perfecting the new machine to meet specific waste handling job requirements. While the smaller size-class material handler is based on the established design of its big brother, it also includes a host of new features which have undergone rigorous testing in real-life conditions.

Designed to keep productivity and efficiency high, the EW200E Material Handler is equipped with a specially adapted hydraulic system. Other modifications – when compared to a standard excavator – include the hydraulically elevated cab, four stabilisers as option (front blade and rear outrigger as standard), full rubber tires and tailor-made straight boom that can be fitted with either a 4 metre gooseneck arm or a 3.5 metre sorting arm. Volvo material handlers can be ordered from the factory without the steering column – allowing the operator to control the entire machine using only the joysticks.

Factory-installed auxiliary circuits enable the sorting grabs and orange peel grapples to work in perfect harmony with the Volvo machines. These attachments are available through the Volvo distribution network for both material handlers.

The boom float function and boom cylinder dampening enhance performance by minimising vibration and holding the grapple in place for increased stability. To improve accuracy, the grapple control and soft swing system work together during simultaneous operations, while the optimised hydraulic system delivers instant response.

Operators can work in comfort in the spacious Volvo cab, which can rise up to 5 metres above the ground for a commanding bird’s eye view. The cab also benefits from double-damped cab mounts to reduce noise and vibration, keeping operations steady when working at height. The joystick control concept pioneered on the EW240E Material Handler now allows outriggers, blade and cab-raising functions to be completed without removing your hands from the joysticks.

Both material handlers are equipped with an adjustable arm-in limitation feature, designed to prevent collision between the cab and the grapple. The height limitation function provides further safety when working indoors. Moreover, getting in and out of the cab is now easier for the operator, thanks to brightly coloured handrails and added steps on the outriggers.

Not only can the EW200E Material Handler be tailored to the job at hand, it can be customised with several options to best suit customers’ operational needs. With large expanses of glass, the Volvo cab offers all-round visibility. To boost safety further, customers can select the Volvo Smart View feature or a one-piece polycarbonate window. For added convenience, Comfort Drive Control (CDC) gives the operator the opportunity to steer the machine up to 19 km/h using only the roller on the joystick. All these features are already available on the existing EW240E Material Handler.

As the frontrunner, the EW200E Material Handler is both clever and fuel efficient in the way it operates. Auto-idle, which reduces engine speed to idle when the controls are inactive for a pre-set amount of time, and auto engine shutdown both help to reduce fuel consumption. Enhanced by ECO mode, which turns on automatically, the EW200E Material Handler is packed with features that increase fuel efficiency and reduce machine wear.

To stay up and running, the EW200E Material Handler is designed for easy service. Greasing points are grouped together, and filters are placed behind wide-opening engine doors accessible from ground level on all E-Series wheeled excavators. Maintenance is made easy with improved access to areas such as the pump compartment, and an optional waste package includes protective screens and a reversible fan to keep the cooling system clean.

As with all Volvo CE machines, customers have access to a range of Volvo Services designed to secure maximum return on investment. From attachments and parts, to service technicians and machine monitoring, everything is available from one place.

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