Volvo CE’s 100-ton class rigid hauler heads to North America

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The R100E is the largest rigid hauler in Volvo Construction Equipment’s lineup

As the largest rigid hauler in Volvo Construction Equipment’s line up, the company is promising the R100E will reduce operating costs by boosting productivity, uptime and operator comfort. 

The 95-tonne R100E is powered by a 1,075 hp Tier 4 Final engine, with a combined drivetrain to provide high torque capabilities, as well as unparallelled pulling performance and rimpull for optimum travel times.

Drivetrain control as well as machine movement are supplied by the new Volvo Dynamic Shift Control, which automatically tailors the transmission shift-points depending on the worksite and operational inputs.

According to Volvo CE, customers can reduce haul cost with the R100E rigid hauler, which features a 60.4 cubic metre capacity V-shaped body for optimum load retention and minimal material carry-back. 

The load profile policy allows the operator to meet a consistent average target payload, while the body-tipping system ensures quick cycle times for an all-round efficient performance. The Tier 4 Final R100E includes a manually-activated Eco Mode for long distance hauls and high-speed applications.

On-Board Weighing

Volvo builds on the high capacity and hauling speeds of its rigid hauler with intelligent monitoring systems. The hauler’s On-Board Weighing (OBW) option ensures the machine safely moves the maximum payload to optimize production and minimize operational costs. The OBW achieves this by using exterior-mounted pressure sensors to monitor and relay machine statistics to the operator’s on-board display. 

As well, the R100E is configured with the Volvo CareTrack telematics system to monitor operational data including fuel consumption, machine utilization and excessive idling reports.

Durable rigid hauler design

Uptime and productivity are centered on the haul truck’s durable design, which promotes high component protection and long lifecycles, for extended intervals between planned maintenance. 

With a body manufactured from high impact and high abrasion-resistant 400-HBW-hard steel, the R100E rigid hauler achieves long-lasting performance. 

Durability features include:

  • Low centre of gravity.
  • McPherson strut with lower wishbone front suspension. 
  • New low-effort steering system. 
  • Wide-spaced front suspension to absorb surface shocks.
  • Horse collar frame design provides flexibility to travel on uneven terrain. 
  • Sleeved frame bores for additional protection.

The R100E rigid hauler is also designed to bring operator productivity and safety to the forefront – starting with the ROPS/FOPS-certified operator cab. Offering reduced vibrations and exterior noise, the cab is fitted onto viscous-type isolation mounts for an improved ride quality. 

From the operator seat, the operator is able to observe the jobsite and surrounding areas through the large glass area and a low rake windscreen. The operator’s visibility is complemented by a 360-degree surround view system provided by Volvo Smart View. The system uses several ultra-wide angle, exterior-mounted cameras to produce a bird’s-eye-view of the vehicle and surrounding work area via the in-cab screen. 

All displays and ergonomically positioned fingertip controls are within reach of the fully adjustable Volvo air suspension operator seat, which is easily customized to fit the operator’s physique.

The transmission retarder and neutral coast inhibitor secure safe machine control in downhill conditions, while the engine overspeed protection automatically slows the machine down to safe operating limits.

Easy inspection

The R100E is designed to ensure that accessing daily service checks and routine maintenance is quick and easy with anti-slip steps and secure walkways. All service points on the haul truck are strategically grouped and located within reach from the ground and service platform, while the direct rim-mounted wheel design encourages safe, as well as quick, installation and removal. 

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The R100E features a high degree of filtration for improved performance and to prolong the truck’s component life. Each functional system on the hydraulics has magnetic suction filters, as well as a pressure filtration on the steering, brake actuation pump and rear brake cooling units. As well, the engine-mounted primary and secondary fuel filters combine with the advanced two stage oil filtration to remove harmful contaminates. 

At ConExpo, Volvo CE displayed a Tier 2 version of the R100E rigid hauler. The Tier 4 Final model is expected to be commercially available in North America in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Volvo Site Simulation

Customers looking to increase the productivity of existing and future projects also have access to Volvo Site Simulation. Alongside a Volvo CE dealer, Site Simulation recommends the most profitable fleet of equipment and project results based on customer needs. 

By using the simulation, customers and dealers can work together to put an equipment plan in place before a project begins.

The enhanced use of GPS tracking and real-time data collection means fewer inputs are required to run a simulation. From payload and travel gradients to distance between two points, Volvo considers several factors to recommend site configurations that achieve better cycle times and production.

Volvo also provides detailed projections of owning and operating costs via easy-to-read reports and on-screen animations. Recommendations on alternative configurations, as well as insight into the impact on overall costs, give customers tools to develop strong forecasts, budgets and bids so they can take more control of their operations.