JCB show­cases ma­te­rial han­dling equip­ment

Known for pro­duc­ing some of the finest con­struc­tion equip­ment, JCB show­cased a range of ma­te­rial han­dling equip­ment.

Commercial Vehicle - - WHAT'S INSIDE - Story by: Anirudh Ra­heja

Known for pro­duc­ing some of the finest con­struc­tion equip­ment, JCB show­cased a range of ma­te­rial han­dling equip­ment.

JCB is em­pha­sis­ing on ma­te­rial han­dling equip­ment. It be­lieves that the mar­ket could soon ex­pe­ri­ence strong growth due to a rise in in­fra­struc­ture. Un­der­stand­ably, the com­pany show­cased a range of ma­te­rial han­dling so­lu­tions at Delhi re­cently. These make cost­ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions that have been de­vel­oped in In­dia, and in­clude tele­han­dlers, skid steer load­ers and su­per load­ers. Repli­cat­ing its global prac­tices of of­fer­ing safe and ver­sa­tile ma­chin­ery for ma­te­rial han­dling in­dus­try, the trio ex­pands the JCB prod­uct port­fo­lio to 48, across eight cat­e­gories. “Re­gard­less of B2B or B2C, var­i­ous in­dus­tries are pick­ing up pace in In­dia. This is cer­tain to in­crease the de­mand for bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture. The ( ma­te­rial han­dling) ma­chines that we have show­cased will serve the grow­ing need for tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced and in­tel­li­gent prod­uct so­lu­tions across ver­ti­cals,” ex­pressed Vipin Sondhi, Manag­ing Di­rec­tor and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, JCB In­dia. He touched upon the in­dus­try best pe­riod of 2011, and how the in­dus­try came to face tur­bu­lent times there­after. From 2012 to 2015, the off- high­way equip­ment in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­enced a sharp de­cline. The num­bers till De­cem­ber 2015 were noth­ing to cheer home about.

Green shoots were vis­i­ble in early 2016; they were a re­flec­tion of the in­dus­try’s re­cov­ery. The pace of re­cov­ery has at­tained good speed

now, and is adding to the con­fi­dence of man­u­fac­tur­ers like JCB to show­case new, game chang­ing equip­ment. Averred Sondhi, “In the first half of 2016, the in­dus­try grew by 40 per cent. Where ir­ri­ga­tion sec­tor to some ex­tent is start­ing to move, other sec­tors like the rail­ways are also show­ing signs of mov­ing.” “It is the road and high­ways that is re­ally driv­ing our in­dus­try for now,” he added. The prod­ucts that JCB show­cased may not find their way into the road con­struc­tion in­dus­try, they are how­ever cer­tain to find their way into other in­dus­tries ex­pe­ri­enc­ing growth. Opined Sondhi, that the prod­ucts will of­fer par­a­digm shift in In­dia as each of them can of­fer flex­i­bil­ity, en­hanced pro­duc­tiv­ity, and bet­ter per­for­mance.

JCB Load­all

Known for its back­hoe load­ers, JCB has also been pi­o­neer­ing the de­vel­op­ment of tele­han­dlers for close to four decades now. The in­ten­tion is to have an equip­ment that would help with the load­ing, un­load­ing, and pal­leti­sa­tion of load at var­i­ous heights and reach lev­els. Made en­tirely lo­cally from com­po­nents pro­cured lo­cally, the Load­all that JCB is of­fer­ing, is pow­ered by a 76 hp four- cylin­der nat­u­rally as­pi­rated JCB 448 en­gine, which pro­duces a peak torque of 310 Nm@1100 rpm. Cou­pled to a four-wheel drive syn­chro- shut­tle fully syn­chro­mesh trans­mis­sion with an in­te­gral torque con­verter and an elec­tri­cally op­er­ated for­ward- re­verse shut­tle to main­tain trac­tion and per­for­mance, the Load­all has its front live axle rigidly mounted. Con­nect­ing the front live axle with the trans­mis­sion is a pro­pel­ler shaft through a max- track torque pro­por­tion­ing dif­fer­en­tial. The live rear axle is cen­trally piv­oted with an os­cil­la­tion an­gle of 16- de­gree.

For easy ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity, the Load­all comes with a rear wheel hy­dro- static power steer­ing with man­ual ca­pa­bil­ity in case of an en­gine or hy­draulic fail­ure. The steer­ing an­gle is ( plus or mi­nus) 48- de­grees. The cabin of Load­all con­forms to Rolling Ob­ject Pro­tec­tion Sys­tem ( ROPS) and Fall­ing Ob­ject Pro­tec­tion Sys­tem ( FOPS) norms for op­er­a­tor safety and the an­gle roof boards of­fer op­ti­mal vis­i­bil­ity. Er­gonom­i­cally po­si­tioned con­trols find place next to a fully ad­justable driver seat. For safety, JCB has also fit­ted a Lat­eral Load Mo­ment In­di­ca­tor ( LLMI), which sounds an alarm in case the ma­chine ex­ceeds its load­ing lim­i­ta­tions. The Load­all is also fit­ted with an In­cli­nome­ter to en­sure sta­bil­ity. To min­imise stress on the ma­chine, es­pe­cially the joints, the Load­all is fit­ted with a ‘ U’- shaped boom with sin­gle clos­ing plate welds apart from sin­gle side plates that en­sure higher strength for the ma­chine. Avail­able in two dif­fer­ent mod­els, 530-70 and 530-110, the Load­all comes with a stack­ing and dump­ing ca­pac­ity of 7 m and 11 m along with a for­ward reach of 12 ft and 23 ft re­spec­tively. In or­der to bring the ma­chine to a stop, JCB has fit­ted the Load­all with hy­drauli­cally ac­tu­ated, dual line com­pen­sated oil im­mersed multi- disc brake on the front axle and the rear axle, which can be op­er­ated through in­de­pen­dent ped­als.

JCB Ro­bot

JCB Ro­bot is a skid steer loader, and avail­able in two mod­els – Ro­bot 135 and Ro­bot 155. Ei­ther model has been de­signed with a sin­gle loader arm with in­ter­nal baf­fle plates for longer life. The arm has 20 per cent more

ten­sile strength and makes for a stronger, lighter con­struc­tion. The hy­draulic hoses are routed within the main boom struc­ture giv­ing max­i­mum pro­tec­tion to both, the driver as well as the ma­chine. This boosts all round vis­i­bil­ity and makes it eas­ier for the op­er­a­tor to en­ter and exit through the side door. Cer­ti­fied with ROPS and FOPS lev­el­one stan­dards, the tilt­ing cabin en­sures easy ac­cess to vi­tal com­po­nents of the ma­chine. The cabin is claimed to of­fer 46 per cent higher space as com­pared to the com­pe­ti­tion. A me­chan­i­cal quick hitch comes as stan­dard for faster change of at­tach­ments in var­i­ous ap­pli­ca­tions. The Ro­bot can ro­tate a full 360 de­gree to per­form bet­ter even in con­fined ar­eas. Flaunt­ing 50 per cent lo­cal con­tent. JCB Ro­bot has got a 98-litre fuel tank for longer work­ing hours. An ad­vanced fuel fil­tra­tion sys­tem helps the ma­chine to with­stand poor qual­ity of fuel. JCB has fit­ted the Ro­bot with a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 46 hp Perkins 404 D-22 en­gine on Ro­bot 135. The Ro­bot 155 is pow­ered by a 57 hp tur­bocharged ver­sion of the en­gine. A full servo con­trolled hy­dro-static trans­mis­sion en­sures good avail­abil­ity of en­gine power to en­sure max­i­mum per­for­mance.

JCB Su­per Loader

A ded­i­cated loader for load­ing ap­pli­ca­tions at var­i­ous heights, the JCB 2DXL Su­per Loader is avail­able in two dif­fer­ent mod­els 2DXL-31 and 2DXL40. The 2DXL-31 and 2DXL40 have a dump­ing height of 3.1 m and 4 m re­spec­tively. Pow­ered by a 50 hp Kir­loskar 4R810 four-cylin­der nat­u­rally as­pi­rated en­gine, the su­per loader is fit­ted with JCB’s SS700 syn­chro-shut­tle four­speed fully syn­chro­mesh gear­box with an in­te­gral torque con­verter. The 2465 psi hy­draulic sys­tem pres­sure en­ables the ma­chine with higher break­out force to tackle tough work­ing con­di­tions. The two-wheel drive front axle is steer­able and cen­trally piv­oted with an os­cil­la­tion an­gle of 16-de­grees. The rear drive axle in­cor­po­rates max-torque pro­por­tion­ing dif­fer­en­tial. Lo­cally pro­duced with 100 per cent lo­cal con­tent, the Su­per Loader com­plies with CMVR BS III emis­sion norms. It is of­fered with 10 op­tional at­tach­ments for in­creased ver­sa­til­ity and per­for­mance.

Do­mes­tic sta­bil­ity to drive growth

It was at the Ex­con fair for con­struc­tion equip­ment late last year that JCB an­nounced a thrust on telem­at­ics. Sondhi spoke about turn­ing ma­chine op­er­a­tors into en­trepreneurs by help­ing them to own a ma­chine, op­er­ate it and pro­vide em­ploy­ment to oth­ers. Sondhi’s com­ment that In­dia is at the cusp of a change, and ma­te­rial han­dling is one of the most promis­ing sec­tors as of cur­rent is re­flec­tive of the course the com­pany is tak­ing for growth. Stress is on reach­ing out to the cus­tomer and make him un­der­stand the prod­uct bet­ter. A pi­o­neer­ing con­cept it is, the move to ex­plain why and how ben­e­fi­cial it is for their busi­ness and to gen­er­ate bet­ter re­turns. JCB is work­ing with 20 NBFCs in In­dia to pro­vide easy fi­nance op­tions for its prod­ucts that may find ap­pli­ca­tion in con­struc­tion, agri- lo­gis­tics, ma­te­rial han­dling, ce­ram­ics, bot­tling, sugar, ce­ment, cot­ton, and pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries. Stress­ing upon the fact that one sec­tor alone can­not drive growth, Sondhi ex­pressed that two or three sec­tors need to move for­ward and start par­tic­i­pat­ing in in­fras­truc­tural growth. With a strong sup­ply chain that in­cludes 380 sup­pli­ers and 60 deal­ers, JCB is look­ing at var­i­ous ways of growth. The com­pany is keen to de­velop a strong base do­mes­ti­cally for their bat­tery of ma­te­rial han­dling equip­ment for cer­tain.

JCB Load­all is a ver­sa­tile ma­chine.

JCB Ro­bot 155

JCB Su­per Loader

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