North Lincs Aggregates extends Volvo CE machine fleet
North Lincs Aggregates, a privately-owned UK company operating out of the Isle of Axholme, has purchased three new Volvo Construction Equipment machines with a further two on order. The purchases are said to be due to the performance and reliability of older Volvo shovels and dumptrucks the company has run since setting up at their Cove Farm facility near Doncaster 18 months ago.
The trio of new Volvo CE machines comprise an L150H loading shovel complete with a 4.4m³ re-handling bucket, a 25tonne EC250E crawler excavator and an A30G articulated hauler with a 27.5tonne carrying capacity.
“The older machines have certainly proved themselves, but as we continue to increase our production both at Cove Farm and other facilities, it became important that we took the step to invest in new state-of-the-art equipment,” said Richard Mills, managing director of North Lincs Aggregates.
“Purchasing new is the way forward to benefit from equipment offering better fuel efficiency and productivity, along with other features such as telematics and machine monitoring systems. These models also benefit from anticipated high residual values in 3 to 4 years-time,” Mills continued.
At North Lincs Aggregates, the new EC250E has been put in charge of extracting silica sand and loading it into the new A30G ADT and two existing A30C trucks. The trucks subsequently run the material to the processing plant.
Powered by an 8 litre Volvo Stage IV engine, the 25tonne excavator has plenty of reach and dig depth to extract material from the benches.
Equipped with a 6m boom and 2.97m dipper arm, the machine boasts a generous dig depth of just over 7m and a forward reach of 10.1m. Excellent across carriage stability is said to enable a lift capacity of 3.5tonnes at maximum reach.
The Volvo Care Cab offers a large roomy interior with plenty of leg room and foot space. Great all-round visibility is enhanced by pressurised and filtered cab air supplied by a high quality vent and climate control system. An adjustable easy-to-read LCD colour monitor provides real time information of the machine functions, important diagnostic information and a wide variety of work tool settings. The monitor also doubles as a monitor for the rear view camera.
With a carrying capacity of 28 tonnes and heaped capacity of 17.5m³, the Volvo A30G also meets the requirements of Stage IV final emissions legislation being powered by an electronically controlled, six cylinder 264kW turbo charged Volvo V-ACT diesel engine. This features high torque at low engine speeds, resulting in good fuel efficiency and high performance. Purpose built by Volvo, the engine is designed to exactly match the Volvo drive train, ensuring the best use of power and torque, even in tough working conditions. The new 30tonne articulated hauler has been supplied to North Lincs Aggregates complete with full cantilever tailgate to maximise the load carrying capacity of the truck.
The new L150H loading shovel has been put in charge of loading and blending stock piled material into the processing plant. It again benefits from Volvo designed and manufactured driveline components designed to offer considerable fuel savings each shift with a 13 litre 300hp Volvo stage IV engine. One of the key features is that a maximum torque of 1317Nm is achieved at just 1450rpm, with the resultant fuel savings further enhanced by the Volvo Eco pedal, encouraging the operator to run the machine at its optimum rpm in the engine’s torque curve.
All three new North Lincs Aggregates’ machines are fitted with Volvo’s CareTrack telematics system as standard, which enables remote monitoring of a wide range of machine functions (e.g. location, fuel consumption, service reminders etc.), optimising customer operations.
Besides their main operating duties extracting and loading material at North Lincs Aggregates’ facilities, the new Volvo CE machines will also be utilised on external muck shifting and extraction contracts for private clients. A further order is in place for another L150H loading shovel and an A30G articulated hauler which are due for delivery in September. The company also runs a busy bulk haulage fleet enhancing the services it offers its customers.