Wheel Load­ers: See­ing Stronger De­mand

See­ing Stronger De­mand

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Wheel loader man­u­fac­tur­ers are ex­pand­ing prod­uct range and re­vamp­ing ex­ist­ing ma­chines to en­able higher to en­able higher pro­duc­tiv­ity.

The mar­ket for wheel load­ers is see­ing fresh trac­tion due to the buoy­ancy in road con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties. Fresh off take of coal due to a surge in ther­mal power pro­duc­tion is adding to the de­mand. Users want wheel load­ers that de­liver higher pro­duc­tiv­ity and lesser oper­at­ing costs, along with en­hanced ser­vic­ing of their ma­chines across their work cy­cle.

Ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try es­ti­mates, de­mand for the 3-ton class is up by 30%, while the 5-ton class has grown by 60% this year as com­pared to 2017. How­ever, the 3-ton con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate the mar­ket with an 80% share, while the 5-ton has a 15% mar­ket share.

Cater­pil­lar has re­freshed its 3-ton, Hin­dus­tan 2021 wheel loader, which is now pow­ered by 133- HP Ashok Ley­land en­gine in­stead of the ear­lier 115 HP en­gine. It will be able to load high bod­ied, con­ven­tional tip­per trucks, be­sides rail­way wag­ons with ease. 2021 D has an op­tion of air-con­di­tioned cabin, and fea­tures joy­stick con­trols and an op­er­a­tor friendly seat to en­hance ease of oper­a­tion. Its new ‘per­for­mance-style bucket’ en­sures im­proved load re­ten­tion by al­most 10% such that the load­ers have higher heap vol­umes and the re­sul­tant lesser cy­cle times to fill a truck or wagon. The ma­chine comes with 1.5, 1.7, 2, 2.5 and 3 cum buck­ets. A new 2.0 cum ag­gre­gate bucket is in­tro­duced to meet the needs of the grow­ing Quarry and Ag­gre­gate In­dus­try. The ma­chine has three-point con­tact for easy, safe ingress and egress of the op­er­a­tor and is fit­ted with a safety guard in front of the cab as well as emer­gency exit win­dow on rear to en­hance safety.

Says Amit Bansal, Di­rec­tor Sales and Mar­ket­ing, BCP, Cater­pil­lar In­dia Pvt. Ltd.,

“2021 D de­liv­ers best trac­tive ef­fort while scoop­ing ma­te­ri­als in heaped piles thanks to its time tested drive train. This very sim­ple de­sign me­chan­i­cal ma­chine has been pro­vid­ing ease of oper­a­tion and main­te­nance for over four decades, when it first came into ex­is­tence.” Cater­pil­lar is es­ti­mated to have 6500 ac­tive fleet in the mar­ket, of which, some have scored 60,000 hours of oper­a­tion, an in­di­ca­tion of their ex­cel­lent re­li­a­bil­ity and dura­bil­ity.

SDLG In­dia has sup­ple­mented its wheel load­ers L933 & L936 (3-ton) and LG958L (5ton) by in­tro­duc­ing L946, a 4-ton for the mid­seg­ment in March 2018. Aimed at crush­ing and screen­ing ap­pli­ca­tion for higher ca­pac­ity plants of 200 – 300 tph, L946 has the low­est turn­ing ra­dius for short ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity, and fea­tures a stan­dard AC cabin. The light­weight loader, pow­ered by 173 hp en­gine, de­liv­ers higher power to weight ra­tio.

In­forms Surat Mehta, Head of SDLG in In­dia.

“We have sold 30 units of the new wheel loader since its launch. All our prod­ucts are be­ing sup­ported by our 15 SDLG In­dia deal­ers.”

Li­ugong In­dia, had al­ways been a trend set­ter in con­struc­tion, min­ing and road build­ing equip­ment. As the era of cus­tomiza­tion and to keep up with the lat­est de­mand of the cus­tomer Li­ugong In­dia had launched its 856-H se­ries Smart wheel loader sup­port­ing the moto of made in in­dia from its assem­bly line at its Pitham­pur fa­cil­ity.

Says Nis­chal Mehro­tra, Di­rec­tor (Sales & Mar­ket­ing), Li­ugong In­dia,

This smart se­ries wheel load­ers are more adapt­able to In­dian work­ing con­di­tions, with a higher break-out force. We cre­ated the best in the class of ma­chine with fea­tur­ing high pro­duc­tiv­ity, low fuel con­sump­tion, high re­li­a­bil­ity, ease in oper­a­tion with­out com­pro­mis­ing on the safety fea­tures. 856 H will be fit­ted Cum­mins 9.3 L en­gine and new gen­er­a­tion ZF Trans­mis­sion and Axle. ROPS/FOPS cab­ins are the stan­dard feature with com­plete cabin guard. One of our main moto is to un­der­stand the cus­tomer busi­ness and make them prof­itable. Li­ugong been the trend set­ter in 5T wheel loader, we are the mar­ket leader in this seg­ment. Ev­ery year we are grow­ing in folds as the after sales ser­vice sup­ports of li­ugong and its chan­nel part­ners prove them­selves in the mar­ket to be one of the most re­li­able and ef­fi­cient one gain­ing the trust of the cus­tomer. New H se­ries Wheel load­ers are with Vari­able dis­place­ment pump and with mode se­lec­tors which make them more pro­duc­tive and fuel ef­fi­cient in its class. The op­ti­mized de­sign of the buck­ets pro­vides a greater fill fac­tor. Less oper­at­ing cy­cle time with syn­chro­nized flow re­sults in greater out­put in less time. Pi­lot con­trol sin­gle lever makes the ma­chine easy to op­er­ate. The ma­chines are equipped with GPS which pro­vide ac­cu­rate data which help the owner eval­u­ate the per­for­mance of the ma­chine To strengthen its ser­vice and sup­port, Li­ugong In­dia is of­fer­ing a ex­tended war­ranty for this prod­ucts. Li­ugong In­dia had al­ready sup­plied its 856H wheel load­ers in var­i­ous ap­pli­ca­tion such as Crusher, Port, plant, coal min­ing to most of the key ac­count cus­tomer through out In­dia. Cus­tomer voice it­self speak­ing out for the suc­cess of the prod­uct as we are get­ting re­peated or­ders from all our clien­tele.

Jas­meet Singh, Head - Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Cor­po­rate Re­la­tions, JCB In­dia Lim­ited,

in­forms that JCB Wheeled Load­ers are used pri­mar­ily for load­ing/un­load­ing and bulk ma­te­rial move­ment in min­ing, quarry and crushers etc. They are also widely used in large scale in­fra­struc­ture projects such as Roads and High­ways, Rail­ways, Dams, Ports and Air­ports.

JCB presently of­fers three mod­els in the Wheeled Loader seg­ment: 430ZX Plus, 432ZX, and the lat­est 455ZX, which is a ‘Made in In­dia’ ma­chine de­signed to work for longer hours and at a lower main­te­nance cost. The world class ag­gre­gates used in the ma­chine en­sures qual­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity and value for money. “The new 455ZX is a 5.5T ma­chine that comes with a Com­mon Rail JCB DieselMAX 672 en­gine and is tar­geted for min­ing, con­struc­tion, ports, and roads. Air con­di­tion­ing and fan comes as stan­dard on the JCB 455ZX, en­sur­ing that op­er­a­tors can work com­fort­ably in ex­treme con­di­tions that sites of­fer at times. Er­gonomic con­trols, com­fort­able seats and spa­cious cabin of­fer fa­tigue free oper­a­tion and en­hances pro­duc­tiv­ity of the op­er­a­tor. A stylish, cen­tral dash dis­play com­bines ana­logue di­als and a colour LCD screen for dis­play of the health sta­tus of the ma­chine, ser­vice re­quire­ments and oper­at­ing in­for­ma­tion.” Says Jas­meet Singh, Head Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Cor­po­rate Re­la­tions, JCB In­dia Lim­ited.

In our en­deav­our to con­tin­u­ally in­no­vate and of­fer the best cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence to our cus­tomers, JCB has re­cently in­tro­duced a Loader Pro­duc­tiv­ity Man­age­ment Sys­tem (LPMS) in­te­grated with JCB Livelink - an in­dus­try first feature from JCB In­dia. LPMS helps in real time mon­i­tor­ing of in­di­vid­ual weight of loaded bucket, to­tal ac­cu­mu­lated weight, tare weight, and num­ber of loaded buck­ets.

All JCB Wheeled Load­ers come fit­ted with an Ad­vanced Telem­at­ics tech­nol­ogy known as Livelink. It pro­vides real time up­dates on Ser­vice, Op­er­a­tions and Se­cu­rity of their ma­chine and gives vi­tal in­for­ma­tion to the cus­tomer in terms of num­ber of hours the ma­chine has been op­er­a­tional, ser­vice in­ter­vals, fuel lev­els, mal­func­tions if any, in real time. JCB Livelink en­ables Users, Deal­ers and JCB have com­plete con­trol on their ma­chines from any part of the world. “To mon­i­tor these ma­chines in real time, JCB has set up a world class com­mand cen­tre at its Delhi-NCR fa­cil­ity. JCB deal­ers have also set up sim­i­lar Livelink com­mand cen­tres to en­sure that real time sup­port is pro­vided to the cus­tomers as they can now plan for ser­vice sched­ules and also en­gage with users and cus­tomers in preventive main­te­nance.” says Jas­meet.

The 432ZX is a 3.6-ton pay­load ma­chine with a Cum­mins 6BTA 150hp en­gine, a ZF au­to­matic ergo power shift trans­mis­sion with an elec­tri­cally op­er­ated se­lec­tor and gear changer. The ma­chines comes with the op­tion of a gen­eral pur­pose 1.8 cu.m bucket to a larger 3.1 cu.m re-han­dling bucket. It also has a best-in-class op­er­a­tor en­vi­ron­ment with er­gonom­i­cally placed con­trols and low in­ter­nal noise lev­els along with servo con­trolled hy­draulics for ef­fort­less hy­draulic oper­a­tion with de­tente feature.

The JCB 430ZX Plus is a 3.3-ton pay­load ma­chine with an Ashok Ley­land 133HP, six Cylin­der turbo charged en­gine. The ma­chine has a high reach Z-bar-dump­ing abil­ity and comes with a range of buck­ets from a 1.5 cu.m bucket to a 2.5 cu.m ma­te­rial han­dling bucket. The ma­chine con­sumes 3.2% less fuel and is 7% more ef­fi­cient.

To­day, JCB is well po­si­tioned to lever­age op­por­tu­ni­ties in ap­pli­ca­tions such as Min­ing, Quar­ries etc. with our world class range of Wheeled Load­ers which are known for their re­li­a­bil­ity, pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency.

Es­corts Con­struc­tion Equip­ment Lim­ited, which has re­cently ac­quired the en­tire busi­ness of Doosan in In­dia from Ariando (the ear­lier ex­clu­sive dis­trib­u­tor), is pro­mot­ing its higher ca­pac­ity wheel load­ers. Doosan wheel load­ers are avail­able in sizes rang­ing from 2m3 to 6m3 and have proven fuel ef­fi­ciency, sta­bil­ity as re­gards tip­ping load, and greater speed, thereby short­en­ing work time and max­i­miz­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity. The wheel load­ers have ad­vanced hy­draulics that trans­mits hy­draulic power to the load­work­ing drive to min­i­mize un­nec­es­sary loss of power, thereby, boost­ing ef­fi­ciency and gen­er­at­ing suf­fi­cient power for dig­ging, steer­ing, and com­bi­na­tion move­ment. These strengths en­able Doosan wheel load­ers to be op­er­ated at di­verse work­sites re­gard­less of the weather con­di­tions, to­pog­ra­phy or ap­pli­ca­tion.

“We will pro­vide our clients the tech­ni­cal sup­port and ad­vise on pur­chas­ing the right model as per their pro­duc­tion and haul­ing re­quire­ments. Fur­ther, iden­ti­fy­ing the bot­tle­necks in the oper­a­tion cy­cle, we will pro­vide job site anal­y­sis sup­port. This will op­ti­mize pro­duc­tiv­ity along with lower cost of oper­a­tion,” says Mr. Ajay Man­dahr, CEO, ECEL.

He adds, “There is an in­creas­ing pric­ing par­ity in the 3-5-ton wheel load­ers in In­dia. So, we will fo­cus to­wards the higher end ap­pli­ca­tion such as gran­ite and mar­ble quar­ry­ing and coal over­bur­den clear­ance. Fo­cus on higher end ap­pli­ca­tion, will make their im­port fi­nan­cially vi­able for us.” Doosan wheel load­ers with a bucket size of 4m3 or more, gen­er­ally per­form load­ing works in quar­ries and small min­ing sites, etc. Its DL420A model has an oper­at­ing weight of 22 tons and is equipped with var­i­ous bucket op­tions in­clud­ing the 4.2m3 Gen­eral Pur­pose Bucket and the 4.7m3 Ma­te­rial Han­dling Bucket, and fea­tures a 210Hp Doosan me­chan­i­cal en­gine. The DL550 ma­chine has a weight of 31 tons, is equipped with a 394Hp Sca­nia en­gine, and of­fers op­tions of 5.7m3 Gen­eral Pur­pose Bucket and a 4.5m3 Spade Type Bucket.

“Volvo CE is cater­ing to both gen­eral and spe­cialised ap­pli­ca­tion needs with its L150H, L220H and L350H Wheel Load­ers” says

Dim­itrov Kr­ish­nan, VP & Head of Volvo CE In­dia.

He adds, ”Gran­ite, mar­ble quar­ry­ing, coal and iron ore han­dling are amongst the ap­pli­ca­tion ar­eas. Our highly fuel ef­fi­cient, er­gonom­i­cally de­signed wheel load­ers with long boom at­tach­ment, en­able con­ve­nient load­ing in high ca­pac­ity multi-axle tip­per trucks. The long boom makes the cy­cle time lower and tip­per fill fac­tor higher.” Volvo CE pro­vides Wheel Load­ers with stan­dard boom as stan­dard sup­ply while the long boom is an op­tion.

Sup­port Vi­tal

The new wheel load­ers place­ment ini­tia­tive through newer and re­vamped prod­ucts is well ex­pected to raise pro­duc­tive and en­sure op­ti­miza­tion of ma­chines, ac­quired by the own­ers at higher cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture. How­ever, higher op­ti­miza­tion of the ma­chines will have to be de­liv­ered by the man­u­fac­tur­ers through the right prod­uct sup­port.

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