Ko­matsu launches 25 new ma­chines

Ko­matsu launched a huge range of 25 new ma­chines in­clud­ing ex­ca­va­tors, load­ers, trucks and graders with more fuel-ef­fi­cient en­gines con­fig­ured to meet the lat­est Tier 4 emis­sions stan­dards at Cess­nock in re­gional New South Wales ear­lier this month

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New ma­chin­ery launches this big are rare in the Aus­tralian earth­mov­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try, so Earth­movers &

Ex­ca­va­tors magazine couldn’t re­sist hav­ing a sticky beak. Th­ese new Tier 4 en­gines in­cor­po­rate unique Ko­matsu tech­nol­ogy to re­duce emis­sions lev­els by 90 per cent, com­pared with their pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion Tier 3 equiv­a­lent ma­chines.

As the for­mer Ko­matsu gen­eral man­ager for Queens­land, Dean Gaedtke took on his cur­rent role as ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager con­struc­tion on April 1 and says he could not be more excited about the direc­tion in which the com­pany is now headed, es­pe­cially with the launch of all th­ese brand new Tier 4 ma­chines.

“Ko­matsu has in­tro­duced new elec­tronic con­trol sys­tems through­out the new ma­chines that en­sure en­gine power, hy­draulic re­quire­ments and trans­mis­sion out­put is op­ti­mised – re­sult­ing in fuel-con­sump­tion sav­ings of be­tween 5 per cent and 15 per cent – de­pend­ing on mod­els and ap­pli­ca­tions,” he says.

“All Ko­matsu’s new Tier 4 ma­chines take ad­van­tage of the com­pany’s lat­est de­vel­op­ments in its Kom­trax Step 5 telem­at­ics­based re­mote mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem to de­liver own­ers and fleet man­agers even more data about key op­er­at­ing cri­te­ria.” Gaedtke says with so many new prod­ucts be­ing launched, it’s hard to pick a favourite, but there are a num­ber that have ex­cep­tion­ally im­pres­sive fea­tures.

“I’m re­ally excited about the re­lease of th­ese 25 new mod­els into Aus­tralia, New Zealand and New Cale­do­nia. This is the lat­est tech­nol­ogy that Ko­matsu has re­leased and the largest re­lease any­where else in the world of this amount of new prod­uct.

“Tier 4 tech­nol­ogy isn’t just about the lat­est emis­sions stan­dards; Aus­tralia hasn’t yet re­leased its emis­sions stan­dards, but it will come and the New South Wales Gov­ern­ment has re­quired in new ten­ders that they [ten­der ap­pli­cants] have Tier 4 ma­chines.”

“In re­gards to in­te­grated ma­chine con­trol (IMC), it’s not about re­plac­ing peo­ple but en­hanc­ing the skills of the peo­ple and open­ing up the spec­trum of avail­able labour for our cus­tomers – they can ac­tu­ally bring in lesser-skilled peo­ple to op­er­ate this equip­ment.”

With 25 new prod­ucts across dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories it’s hard for Gaedtke to pick out in­di­vid­ual mod­els, but the new ex­ca­va­tor range he says is be­yond im­pres­sive.

“See­ing the IMC semi-au­ton­o­mous sys­tem in ac­tion on the new ex­ca­va­tors is amaz­ing, but

We are see­ing fuel-con­sump­tion sav­ings of be­tween 5 per cent and 15 per cent – de­pend­ing on mod­els and ap­pli­ca­tions.

also the dump trucks we’ve re­leased have a lot of im­prove­ments on the pre­vi­ous model,” he says. “On the new bull­dozer range, we also have the in­te­grated ma­chine con­trol, which al­lows ma­chines such as ex­ca­va­tors and bull­doz­ers to ex­ca­vate, bulk out and trim – all very com­plex tasks – ac­cord­ing to pre­set de­sign cri­te­ria.

“IMC is fac­tory in­te­grated into se­lect Ko­matsu ma­chines and results in sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity com­pared with con­ven­tional con­struc­tion pro­cesses. Cus­tomers who’ve used this tech­nol­ogy are see­ing mas­sive ben­e­fits from it.”

It was a huge week for the Ko­matsu team. Aus­tralian na­tional cus­tomer ap­pli­ca­tions man­ager Craig Sum­mer­field (AKA Shine) won the over­all global Ko­matsu ‘pres­i­den­tial’ award for con­struc­tion on the week of the Boots On launch event, which brought to­gether em­ploy­ees from Aus­tralia, New Zealand, New Cale­do­nia and be­yond.

He’s a grader man, so his per­sonal favourite ma­chine from the launch event is the new Dash 6 GD655-6 grader.

“With the Tier 4 en­gine; the fuel con­sump­tion is out of this world [low],” he says. “It’s just so sta­ble. Any­one would think it’s a bull­dozer.”

“Just touch­ing on the bull­doz­ers, who would’ve

Im­ages by Mark Grif­fin

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1. There were new Ko­matsu ma­chines as far as the eye could see at the Boots On prod­uct launch in Cess­nock, NSW, ear­lier this month 2. Ko­matsu ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager con­struc­tion Dean Gaedtke at the launch of the Tier 4 ma­chines

3. The Ko­matsu WA320 wheel loader in ac­tion

4. The D115AXi dozer im­pressed 4

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