Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe B.V. (KCME) is pleased to announce the arrival of the SK140SRLC-7 –a 14-tonne excavator that delivers enhanced efficiency and productivity through harmonisation of mechanical power, operation speed and overall machine design.
The SK140SRLC-7is of a newgenerationof excavatorsto demonstrate Kobelco’s prowess in excavator design and manufacture. Coupled with modern manufacturing processes and customer feedback, the Japanese manufacturer’sSK140SRLC-7 sets a new class-defining standard inoperational use and operator comfort.
The latest ina long line of powerful and efficient 14-tonne excavators, Kobelco SK140SRLC-7 takes power and efficiency even further. The Isuzu Motors Ltd 2,999cc turbo charged diesel engine has been created to beemissions standard Stage V compliance, while at the same time gaining a significant 10% increase in engine output(compared to SK140SRLC-5). The performance increaseensures no loss of power on gradientsand with heavy bucket loads and delivers a Drawbar pulling force of 140kN. Completewith a new hydraulic control system,digging cycle time has been reduced by 10%, compared with the previous model.
Design principlesare all-important keysto machine operationand, of course, purchasing decisions.Kobelco has always believed thatoperator care and safetythrough design is paramount; the SK140SRLC-7 benefits from a modern cabindesignwith operating controls and systems that feature the latest available technology as standardto boost production efficiency through precise, easy to use and readcontrols, operator comfort and security.
The cabin of SK140SRLC-7 is an arena of ultra-modern, easily accessible operating controls and components comparable to that of premium automobiles. The layout is designed todeliver a new experience in excavator operation,starting with a10-inch colour monitor–the largest in-cab visual informationscreen within the excavator industry.The easy access 10in colour monitorprovides the operatora clear view of important machine status information, function menus and the all-important views from three cameras that are supplied as standard equipment –as well as rear and right side images, used in conjunction with the third camera (positioned on the left side), a unique “eagle-eye” view can also be selected. The monitor functions are controlled by a latest specification multifunction jog-type dial also LED back-lit for ease of operation.
Installed in the new SK140SRLC-7 is a heated and air-cushionedKobelco-branded Grammer seatthat is constructed to incorporate the joystick and armrests as one unit, so any movement of the seat means theoperator remains comfortable and in full control.The seat and console units of this superior seating system are designed so that available range of adjustmentprovidesthe ideal posturepositionfor any operator to give all-day comfort, thereforeboostingwork efficiency.
The cabin’s standard air-con system has been revised so cooling air is directed towards the operator’s upper torso from two ducts positioned left and right at the rear of the cab. Further aiding the operator is anew control leverand hydraulic systemthat has shorter,more precise lever movement to further promote operator comfort. The useof LED backlighting on all control switches is pleasing on the eye and reduces eyestrain especially during short daylightworking hours and night time operation.
Other features that boostoperator safety are: A) the use of a LED door lamp that switches on when the cabin door is opened or the ignition switched off, and B) the FOPS Level II roof guard is equipped with a lockable swing-open section so the external roof glass can be easily cleaned to ensureunhindered visibility/ daytime light.Parallel front window wipers ensure a significantly larger swept area of the front window for an uninterruptedview and the system incorporates one-time use along with continuous and intermittent useoperation.Kobelco design and supporthas led to Quick Hitch piping being fitted as standard on the SK140SRLC-7, further promoting its capability as a multi-purpose machine.
In conjunction with the latest hydraulic control system, the operator can select one of seven pre-set hydraulic attachment modes (e.g. bucket, nibbler, tilt rotator, breaker etc.) via the 10-inch colour screen and jog-dial. In addition to the pre-set modes, four optional modes can be configuredto operationrequirements.The SK140SRLC-7 is also available to order ex-factory withbuild options ofdozerattachment, dual-boom, side drain,and additional counterbalance weights (580and 1,000kg).
Kobelco’s Integrated Noise and Dust ReductionSystem (iNDr)provides the SK140SRLC-7with lowon-site noiseoperation –a necessary requirement when working in populated suburban areas, or in the close proximity of attending workforce. It alsoenhancesserviceability by allowing easy access to the air filter,now mounted in front of the radiator system, which reduces day-today servicing downtime and use of additional tools to clean the filter.
Commenting on the introduction of the new SK140SRLC-7, Product Manager, Peter Stuijt, said: “Kobelco is committed to designing and manufacturing the most capable and efficient excavators and the introduction of SK140SRLC-7 is proof indeed of this."
"The latest technology that features within the SK140SRLC-7 provides the basis for a multi-purpose excavator with reduced operating costsand exceptional working performance. The fact that this machine is already Stage V-compliant also underlines Kobelco’sdedication to reducing the construction industry’s carbon footprint–an issue that nobody can afford to ignore."