SDLG HIGHLIGHTS THE BALANCE OF MEETING THE NEED FOR GREEN AND EFFICIENT MACHINES
Perhaps to the surprise of many, the Chinese industry is positioning itself as a leader in the global effort to limit the impacts of climate change. While the Trump administration continues to distance the US from the Paris climate accord, China’s president Xi Jinping stepped into the vacuum and has reaflrmed his country’s commitment to the agreement.
As such, China is investing in renewable energy and tackling air pollution on a scale unimaginable for most governments. In 2016 alone, it spent $88bn on renewable energy and is installing a new wind turbine every hour.
If the momentum is going to continue, Chinese manufacturers are also going to have to make a huge contribution. While it may be a 6olvo subsidiary, the Linyi-based SDLG has spent years developing its own green strategy and product development programme. It has been a decade since it lrst initiated an energy saving research project which culminated in the company’s lrst-generation of energy-saving wheel loaders being launched in 2009.
That generation of machines consumed 10% less fuel than similar products and by 2012, the company was continuing its environmental mission by signing a partnership agreement with WWF. SDLG was also the lrst construction equipment company in China to pledge and successfully reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.65 Mt in three years.
“As a pioneer of energy eflcient technology in China, SDLG is actively working to reduce its environmental footprint,” says Wen Degang, general manager of SDLG. “We are proud to say that the company has made signilcant progress towards making its products more environmentally friendly. Our partnership with WWF has magniled our environmental effort.”
“SDLG will continue to take the lead in reducing carbon dioxide emissions,” says Wen. “In the next lve years, SDLG will invest more than 00 million renminbi in a smart manufacturing project in partnership with the School of Software of Tsinghua University. The project aims to establish intelligent plants in pursuit of zero emissions in production. Recently, SDLG was named @Best Corporate Citizen in Shandong province’ and ranked one of the top 10 socially responsible corporations in Linyi. We hope other companies start to take similar steps to help protect our environment.” Recently, in response to the tier legislation, SDLG rolled out its latest F-series machines which are designed to help reduce emissions. SDLG launched four-wheel loaders for Middle Eastern and African markets as part of the F-series earlier this year: the L95 F, L956F, L958F, and L968F, and all feature a modern design and a host of technical enhancements. While the F-series machines may have cleaner engines, they have also been designed to meet the rigours of contractor work.
In 2016 alone (China) spent $88bn on renewable energy and is installing a new wind turbine every hour”
“Customers are increasingly demanding reliable construction equipment at affordable prices,” says SDLG product manager, Henrik Sjöstrand. “This is SDLG’S specialty. This new range has been specially engineered for high productivity and reliability and will provide customers with an excellent return on investment.”
The release of this new range is timely, as large-scale infrastructure projects as well as Quarrying, continue to operate at strong levels in both the Middle East and Africa, he says.
“The most noticeable difference is the design of the new machines,” says Sjöstrand. “The larger cab design adds 20% more glazing for improved visibility, safety, and eflciency. Superior air conditioning has also been added for greater operator comfort, while the single joystick guarantees precise, easy, and comfortable operation of the loader arm and bucket, reducing operator fatigue.”
Behind the new design are a number of technical improvements for enhanced productivity, reliability, and uptime. A high breakout force and a new bucket design provide improved productivity and ease of operation. The machines’ bucket volumes range from m in the L95 F to .5m in the L968F. In addition, a wide range of attachments are available to ensure versatility.
When it comes to engine capability, the F-series uses the powerful and ef- lcient 6-cylinder Weichai engine. This is matched to a new SDLG transmission, which delivers maximum torque from the engine to the wheels. The smaller F-series models (L95 F and L956F) have been ltted with the SDLG BX50 transmission, which has marked improvements in reliability and durability. The larger models (L958F and L968F) have been ltted with the new SDLG 6RT200 transmission, which offers an 8% increase in comprehensive eflciency over the older ZF WG200. Maintenance is also more convenient for the 6RT200 compared to the
WG200; not only can the transmission and transfer case be separated on the SDLG model, it also contains an external pump for easy access.
“The new series has been designed to ensure that service and maintenance can be handled easily, with excellent accessibility throughout the machine,” adds Sjöstrand. “Easier and more affordable maintenance is something our Middle Eastern and African customers are increasingly demanding. So, we’ve optimised the maintenance intervals to provide greater uptime, with parts availability that is much more affordable. This is backed up by SDLG’S superb dealer network, which is ready to support its customers’ maintenance and repair needs when required.”
“We have already received a great deal of interest in the new series,” mentions Sjöstrand. “We expect its specilcations to exceed the demands of our customers. Those looking for high-performing, reliable, easily operable, and cost-effective wheel loader need look no further than SDLG.”
More recently, SDLG has launched a new backhoe loader for the Middle Eastern and African markets, the SDLG B877F. Available as of October, this F-series, sideshift backhoe loader is half a tonne lighter than its predecessor, the B877, and features a new engine, greater cab space, and enhanced cooling capacity, as well as state-of-the-art loader linkage and other improvements.
Sjöstrand says: “SDLG backhoe loaders always receive a great deal of interest in the Middle East and Africa, and for good reason; they are extremely versatile and eflcient machines. Whether you’re operating the loader or the excavator, the new B877F has the power and manoeuvrability to handle almost any job.”
The B877F is equipped with an improved loader linkage system to provide excellent breakout force, and it comes with a 1m capacity loader bucket as standard. What’s more, the
kinematics have been improved. It is now easier to anchor the machine when using the excavator bucket. It also offers better control of the excavator arm when repositioning, better stability, and more eflcient excavating. The new model also features a 55o steering angle, providing excellent manoeuvrability that is particularly advantageous when working in conlned areas.
“Customers can purchase the B877F with either a multipurpose or general-purpose loader bucket, together with an extendable or standard arm,” said Sjöstrand. “There is also a wide range of attachments to choose from, such as various sizes of excavator buckets and mip over forks. The B877F can be equipped with additional hydraulics if needed.”
Inside the machine, one of the biggest changes comes in the form of a new engine. The B877F is ltted with a 70 kw Yuchai, manufactured by Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Group Co. The Yuchai features the same power as the machine’s previous engine, but it offers much higher torque. The new engine now supplies the hydraulic system with a constant mow, providing the operator with a reliable power supply for extended durations.
Access to the engine is made easier through a larger, rear-hinged engine hood. To make maintenance easier, the llters and water separator have been grouped in the engine compartment. The B877F has also been ltted with a larger radiator, with an ambient temperature of 50´C. This improved cooling capacity leads to better performance in hot climates. Access to this high-capacity radiator is also made easier via the large hood opening.
Sjöstrand mentions: “The new series has been specilcally designed to ensure that service and maintenance can be handled with ease.”
The B877F’S new, spacious cab provides the operator with excellent visibility around the machine, as well as greater space for turning between the loader and excavator operating positions. The ergonomic cab also features a streamlined layout and design of the machine’s controls, a new handbrake design, and a new parking brake that is easier to operate and has better brake force. Additionally, the differential lock switch has been moved from the side panel to the moor, resulting in easier use for the operator.
The air conditioning has been improved for this model, too. Outlets from the ceiling provide 0% increased cooling capacity and a 120% improvement in blowing speed than previous-generation machines. This results in faster cooling of the cab and a much more comfortable operator environment, particularly in the hot climates of the Middle East and Africa.
The new B877F is now available through SDLG’S expansive network of dealerships and service workshops throughout Africa and the Middle East. Sjöstrand says behind every great product is great service. “SDLG has one of the largest, most seasoned dealer networks in these regions, with highly-trained, expert technicians that are ready to provide extensive support to customers,” he remarks.