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Volvo EC480E Sets the Standard for Efficient Excavation

The heavy-duty Volvo EC480E crawler excavator is a productive machine that lowers operating costs through reduced fuel consumption and simple maintenance requirements.

Thu February 05, 2015 - National Edition

The heavy-duty Volvo EC480E crawler excavator is a productive machine that lowers operating costs through reduced fuel consumption and simple maintenance requirements.

Powered by a Tier IV Final/Stage IV-compliant Volvo D13 engine, the EC480E delivers high digging and breakout forces alongside reduced emissions and improved fuel efficiency.

The full electro-hydraulics are matched to the engine and are controlled by an advanced system which provides on-demand flow and reduces power losses within the circuit. The Volvo ECO mode contributes to the machine's total improved efficiency — without any loss of performance in most operating conditions. As well as improving fuel efficiency, this increases controllability for more precise performance.

The integrated work mode system offers the operator a choice of work modes according to the task in hand — including I (Idle), F (Fine), G (General) and H (Heavy) — for optimum efficiency and machine performance. When the controls have been inactive for a pre-set amount of time, the excavator can be programmed to automatically reduce engine speed or even shut down to further reduce fuel consumption and noise. Operators can keep track of both current and average fuel consumption via a simple gauge in the cab.

User-Friendly Human Machine Interface (HMI)

The EC480E has been designed for ease and simplicity of operation, and all human machine interfaces —including the joysticks, keypad and LCD monitor — are ergonomically designed and positioned for optimum comfort and control. The number of switches has been significantly reduced in comparison to previous models, while the 8-inch color LCD screen, displaying machine status information vital for maximizing productivity and uptime, is easy to read in any light. To ensure operator safety, a seat belt warning alarm sounds if the operator seat belt is not fastened when the ignition key is turned.

Maximum Uptime

The Volvo EC480E crawler excavator has been designed not only for ease of operation but also for simple maintenance. This ensures maximum uptime and minimum expenditure on parts and servicing. The strong three-piece undercarriage and high tensile steel X-shaped frame have been reinforced to ensure a long service life, while additional superstructure cover plates prevent damage to the underside of the machine from rock and debris. The machine vitals are protected from damage by overheating due to a hydraulically-driven, electrically-controlled cooling fan, further minimizing fuel consumption and noise. The fan's optional reverse functionality, which blows air in the opposite direction, enables self-cleaning for ease of maintenance.

Daily service checks are quickly and easily carried out due to grouped service points and large, wide opening doors, helping to get the most out of every operating shift. The radiator, charged air cooler and hydraulic oil cooler are situated side-by-side to maximize efficiency, reduce blockages and aid in cleaning. The system is easily accessed from ground level by simply opening the side door. Moreover, the handrails and full-size guard rails facilitate safe entry and exit of the cab and maintenance access to the superstructure, while easy-clean anti-slip plates help the operator gain a sure footing.

Uptime also is increased by the sheer versatility of the EC480E, which can be adapted with a wide range of purpose-built attachments for performance whatever the application. Volvo's general purpose buckets are the perfect tool for digging and re-handling in soft to medium conditions, while heavy-duty buckets are intended for productive digging in compacted materials. A selection of economic, replaceable wear parts including high quality teeth, segments, side cutters, adapters and shrouds also are available to protect the bucket and ensure long life.

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