Volvo CE Focuses on "Building Tomorrow" at INTERMAT 2018

The company displayed a range of new and updated machines along with additions to its Volvo Assist platforms

Haul Assist with on-board weighing option
Haul Assist with on-board weighing option

An underlying message of Volvo Construction Equipment's (Volvo CE) ‘Building Tomorrow’ themed display at the INTERMAT exhibition in Paris, France, was its ability to provide the machines, services and distribution network to support customers no matter how large the project. Across 4,800m2 of indoor and outdoor exhibition space, the company displayed a range of new and updated machines combined with its state-of-the-art Co-Pilot touchscreen tablet that powers all Volvo Assist platforms.

When paired with Volvo Services, and its sister companies at Volvo Trucks, Volvo Penta, Volvo Buses and Volvo Financial Services, the uniqueness of the Volvo Group allows the company to become partners on the world’s largest construction schemes, such as the ongoing €100 billion Grand Paris infrastructure project.

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New Product Launches, Highlights

In response to increasing urbanization, Volvo showcased three new short-swing radius machines – one crawler, the ECR355ENL; one wheeled, the EWR170E; and one compact, the ECR18E. These excavators are suited for jobsites where space is limited, while offering low noise, fuel consumption and emissions.

Volvo EX02Volvo EX02Another highlight was the INTERMAT Innovation Award-winning EX2. The 100% electric compact excavator prototype delivers zero emissions, 10 times higher efficiency, 10 times lower noise levels and reduced total cost of ownership compared to its conventional counterparts.

Increasing urbanization also brings greater demand for specialized demolition and recycling equipment, which is why Volvo dedicated part of its outside area to this sector. The demolition and recycling zone featured, among others, the EC380E, now available with an optional high-reach extension boom, and the brand new EW240E MH material handler.

In addition, Volvo presented the new P6820D paver, complete with the new EPM3 electronic paver management system and Pave Assist, along with the DD105 asphalt compactor, now available with oscillating drums. Other notable machine launches included the L260H wheel loader in Europe and the upgraded L180H wheel loader with all-new drivetrain. Volvo CE also promoted the factory fit of Steelwrist tiltrotators for 15 excavator models in Europe. Other brands of tiltrotator are available according to customer wishes, but not factory fitted.

Completion of Co-Pilot Range

Intermat also saw the European-wide debut of Haul Assist and Dig Assist, the Volvo Co-Pilot applications, designed to boost productivity, efficiency and safety by delivering real-time data to the screen in the cab for operators of articulated haulers and excavators respectively. The new Haul Assist function even incorporates information from Volvo’s optional On-board Weighing, which helps other operators and site staff keep an eye on the load status of articulated haulers fitted with the ‘traffic light’ system. This latest assist function launch completes the Volvo Co-Pilot range – consisting of Haul Assist, Load Assist, Dig Assist, Pave Assist and Compact Assist.

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Customers can order the assist functions in 2D, infield design (Volvo-developed software that lies between 2D and 3D) and now 3D in cooperation with Topcon, according to the level of accuracy required. In the future, customers will also be able to choose 3D software in cooperation with Trimble and Leica.

Volvo Co-Pilot is fitted in the factory but can also be retrofitted to customers’ existing Volvo machines. Because the hardware is made by Volvo and fitted by Volvo engineers, it is securely mounted and covered by the Volvo warranty.

New Uptime Services

Volvo Insight Reports GraphicUnder the Volvo Services umbrella, Volvo CE promoted its new Proactive Monitoring and Health Reports services. With Proactive Monitoring, dealers will actively monitor alarms and fault codes on a customer’s machine and diagnose any issues remotely. By carrying out preventive maintenance, dealers can help minimize downtime and repair costs.

Health Reports, similarly, provide a diagnosis of the condition of a machine, helping to plan maintenance or flag up issues arising from incorrect operation or application.