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
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
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