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Terex Fuchs MHL350 E Features Significant Advancements

Thu May 24, 2012 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The Terex Fuchs MHL350 E material handler is the first in a series of model introductions featuring the Terex Fuchs BlueEVOLUTION approach to machine design and sustainability. Terex Fuchs is one of the first manufacturers to offer purpose-built material handlers that conform to Tier IVi (Stage III B) emissions standards. Beyond operating more environmentally friendly, the new Terex Fuchs MHL350 E boasts many design advancements, including:

• An 8 percent increase in engine power while reducing specific fuel consumption by 11 percent

• New push-button engine start/stop control to help properly manage engine shut-down

• Higher capacity main hydraulic pump increases oil flow for improved machine responsiveness and performance

• New hydraulically driven engine cooling system to help maintain optimal operating temperatures

• 23 percent larger, higher resolution color display for improved operator productivity

• Magnet generator system functions integrated into the cab display for operator efficiency

• Standard rear-view camera for improved worksite visibility

The new turbocharged diesel engine of the MHL350 E features increased power and lower fuel consumption. The new handler boasts a 214 hp (160 kW) engine, 8 percent more power output than the MHL350 D. At the same time, specific fuel consumption of the engine is reduced by 11 percent. Economical and environmentally friendly, the MHL350 E runs cleaner and more efficiently than ever before.

The handler’s engine features a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system with diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) to offer the latest in emissions control technology. Regeneration of the particulate filter cleaning occurs automatically, without impacting machine performance. The regeneration process can be temporarily interrupted, if necessary, by pressing an indicator button located on the control panel. Engine start/stop is now push-button controlled to properly manage engine shutdown while under critical load conditions or during DPF regeneration.

A new high-performance main hydraulic pump increases pump capacity by 3 percent. Combined with improved engine performance, the increased oil flow provides greater handling efficiency of the MHL350 E. Both the engine and hydraulic system incorporate larger cooling systems protected by vented panels that provide increased airflow. The engine’s new hydraulically powered fan is designed to automatically adjust airflow based on operating conditions to provide an optimal level of cooling.

Controls inside the spacious cab have been updated to improve operator efficiency and comfort. At 23 percent larger than previous designs, the wide video graphics array (WVGA) display includes a higher resolution and higher contrast screen with an antiglare shield and scratch-resistant coating. Intuitive controls make for a short learning curve of MHL350 E operation, and the ergonomic multifunction button delivers effortless fingertip navigation through the display.

The man machine interface (MMI) box for the standard 20 kW on-board generator system is now incorporated into the cab display for improved efficiency. The MHL350 E offers four operating modes for the magnet attachment — small, medium and large parts handling and a jogging mode for sorting.

Machine filters and central lubrication system are accessed via a stow-away ladder leading to the machine’s centrally located service platform. The handler’s fuel prefilter is now mounted on top of the fuel tank for easier servicing. The large coolers for the engine and hydraulic system are lockable and readily accessed from ground level. Additional CAN Bus connections found on the MHL350 E expand diagnostic capabilities, so service technicians can identify and address underlying issues.

Hydraulically height-adjustable, the handler’s cab offers a maximum eye-level elevation of up to 18.4 ft. (5.6 m) above ground level, improving performance during loading/unloading procedures. Its cushioned cab elevation system provides absorption of shocks and jolts for operator comfort.

The new MHL350 E is equipped with a standard rear-view camera system. Color video of the area behind the machine is visible on the WVGA display, providing an expanded view of the work area around the machine. The handler’s contoured counterweight is designed to protect the camera from damage during operation.

Purpose-built to withstand the extreme operating conditions encountered in scrap handling and recycling applications, the new Terex Fuchs MHL350 E also incorporates many features found on its predecessor that deliver reliable operation. Rigid hydraulic pipes on the stick, boom and undercarriage offer protection from damage. Steel plates shielding the hydraulic lines at the end of the stick offer additional protection against damage to improve system reliability. Inverted hydraulic cylinder mounting provides protection during truck and rail car loading/unloading and reduces exposure to debris and moisture to improve longevity. The MHL350 E’s rugged double-row slewing ring design disperses forces over two rows of bearings to improve component service life and durability, according to the manufacturer.

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This story also appears on Aggregate Equipment Guide.

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