Liebherr launches six new unplugged machines for piling, drilling and lifting

Liebherr launches six new unplugged machines for piling, drilling and lifting.

In response to the ever-changing requirements of the construction industry, Liebherr has introduced six new “unplugged” products for the fields of piling, drilling and lifting.

Since the alternative drive of the LB 16 unplugged drilling rig quickly established itself on the market, the design has been extended to further product areas. Now, the electrified unplugged series comprises crawler cranes as well as piling and drilling rigs.

The main attribute of the battery-powered unplugged units is, of course, zero emissions. They do not produce any exhaust fumes and are extremely quiet, making them perfect for use in noise-sensitive regions and finds favour with construction site personnel and residents.

The battery is charged using a conventional jobsite electric supply and operation can continue as normal while charging. According to Liebherr, whether or not the units are attached to the electric supply or not, the performance and range of application remains unchanged.

All six models are available in both conventional and battery-operated versions and have identical performance specifications.

Piling: LRH 100.1 and 200 unplugged

The LRH 200 has been completely newly developed and closes the gap between the proven LRH 100 and LRH 600 in the series of piling rigs.

A 200-kWh battery pack ensures that the unplugged models can operate in battery mode for 4 to 5 hours in average pile driving applications. Optionally, it can be upgraded to 400 kWh for 8 to 10 hours of operation.

The new design of the LRH 200 extends the range of applications and makes if even more versatile in use. In addition to piling, the machine can be used for continuous flight auger, full displacement and down-the-hole drilling, as well as for soil mixing work. A torque of 250 kNm provides the necessary power.

Additionally, when equipped with the hydraulic hammer H 6 from Liebherr, the LRH 200 and the LRH 200 unplugged can lift piles up to 24.5 m long and weighing 16 tonnes. The machine especially excels with its large working range. A radius of up to 8.7 m has the advantage that the machine does not have to be constantly moved.

Liebherr launches six new unplugged machines for piling, drilling and lifting.

The design of the leader enables inclinations of up to 18° in all directions. Furthermore, it is also possible to raise or lower the leader by 6.5 m (e.g., when working in a foundation pit), which makes the machine even more flexible.

The Ground Pressure Visualization of the new LRH model calculates the current ground pressure in real time and compares it with the specified safety limits of the respective construction site. The ground pressure is displayed in the operator’s cabin. This means the operator is permanently aware of whether the machine is situated in, or is approaching, a critical area.

The operation of the new piling rig LRH 200 is based on the concept of the LRH 100 and the integrated data recording makes the analysis of the pile data easier and saves time.

Drilling: LB 25 and 30 unplugged

Over many years, LB 25 and LB 30 drilling rigs from Liebherr have proven themselves in the conventional version. The new battery-operated unplugged versions are identical with regard to application possibilities, weight or transport. However, they too have the additional advantage of zero emission. The drilling rigs can be used for all common applications in the field of deep foundation.

Thanks to the optional extension of the drilling axis, the machines can be deployed for drilling diameters of up to 3.4 m. The optional rear support and the new design of the modular rear counterweight ensure higher stability and longer service life.

In addition to the standard design, both machines are available in a Low Head version with a total height of 14.1 m, or as Ultra Low Head with only 7.7 m.

For battery operation, the charging cable only needs to be unplugged and, for unlimited operation, reconnected to the construction site power supply. The battery is designed for a working time of 4 hours in Kelly operation. Whether in battery or plugged-in operation, the drilling performance remains unchanged.

Lifting: LR 1130.1 and 1160.1 unplugged

The electro-hydraulic drive of the new LR 1130.1 unplugged and LR 1160.1 unplugged has the same performance specifications as the conventional version. Both versions are operated in the same way, which is especially practical if the crane driver has to often change between machines in one fleet.

The capacity of the battery is designed for an average lifting operation of eight hours. Alternatively, the main boom with luffing jib can be completely erected. The battery can be recharged within only 2.5 to 4.5 hours. As an option, the performance can be increased by 20 to 60 per cent using additional batteries.

In idling mode, the sound pressure level of three unplugged cranes is equivalent to that of a normal conversation on the jobsite. This corresponds to a value of only 60 dB(A). If it is taken into account that a crawler crane is in idling mode for 60 % of the time on the jobsite, this low noise level is an advantage with great resonance.

The designers of the crane laid great emphasis on the safety concept. As with all crawler cranes from Liebherr, the new battery-operated models are also available with all proven assistance systems.

The latest system is the Gradient Travel Aid for the safe negotiation of slopes and inclines. The crane’s control system automatically calculates the centre of gravity and warns the operator before the crane leaves the safe area. While travelling, the operator receives information about the permissible and actual gradient, and the crane’s overall centre of gravity at all times.