Showcasing a total of 28 machines, including the launch of its new flagship 50 ton class wheel loader – the L350H – plus other new models, new uptime services in North America, including a 24 hour parts guarantee and industry – changing concept vehicles, Volvo offered a confident message and demonstrated how it is pushing boundaries of conventional machine design and technology at this year’s CONEXPO exhibition.
The star of the Volvo CE exhibit in Las Vegas was the unveiling of its largest wheel loader – the 50 ton class L350H. The all-new L350H is fitted with next-generation hydraulics and powered by a Volvo Tier 4 Final D16 engine, for high torque at low rpm. The ideal partner for quarry production, the L350H now comes with a larger 7.3 cubic meters (9.5 cubic yards) bucket, for maximum performance.
Also claiming the limelight in Las Vegas was the L350H’s (slightly) little brother, the L260H. Designed for heavy-duty applications, the 34-ton machine is purpose- built to load on- highway trucks in just two even passes.
Visitors got the chance to interact with new intelligent operator systems and machine monitoring technologies at the show, including ActiveCare Direct and Dig Assist.
Dig Assist allows the excavator operator to set job parameters, such as target depth and grade; conduct In-Field Design, and view job progress in real time, ensuring the work meets exact specifications. Dig Assist is the latest addition to the suite of Volvo Assist programs – which also includes Compact Assist with Density DirectTM and Load Assist – providing real-time intelligence to the operator in terms that are easy to understand and directly tied to job quality. Visitors had the opportunity to interact with the Volvo Assist programs on the Volvo Co-Pilot interface – a scalable, Android-powered tablet computer that was recently named winner of the ‘most innovative HMI feature’ in the Car HMI Awards. Booth visitors also saw future Volvo Assist Co-Pilot programs to be rolled out for soil compactors and articulated haulers in the coming months.
Volvo also unveiled ActiveCare Direct TM – a telematics monitoring service offered at the OEM level and supported through the company’s dealer network. Volvo has built a dedicated uptime center with an experienced team of analysts proactively monitoring and reporting on customer fleets throughout the United States and Canada. The service relieves the burden of sorting through vast quantities of available data and delivers thoughtful analysis and practical recommendations to the customer. An in-booth uptime center was available for visitors to interact with telematics experts and see how the system works.