Plantworx 2015 Review
360° Surveillance from Hyundai
Although Hyundai Heavy Industries Europe (HHIE) presented an interesting range of equipment for the construction, utility, recycling & waste handling and mining & quarrying industries at Plantworx 2015, a main attraction was the latest innovation in safety technology.
The line-up included the release of the first models of the new range of Tier 4/Stage IV compliant excavators and wheel loaders, alongside a comprehensive selection of other established models in the ever-expanding Hyundai range of excavators and wheel loaders.
Hyundai was showing a grand total of 11 construction equipment machines on the company’s 1,728 square metre stand.
Rear view and, more recently side view, cameras have contributed to safer working in and around tracked excavators.
Contractors are becoming more demanding in providing operators and site personnel with as much protection as possible. If this can be done without impacting on productivity then it is even better.
At this time, unique to Hyundai, the latest system from Hyundai uses a series of motion detectors on the edge of the engine canopy.
These sensors feed information to an 8” monitor and using Intelligent Moving Object Detection, can alert the operator if something is moving within the restricted zone up to 5 metres away.
The system was being demonstrated on the new Hyundai HX260 L and, at this time, it will be available as an option on models between the HX220 and HX520 (inclusive)
Making its UK debut was the new 1.7 tonne R17Z-9A, with a compact design that allows the operator to work in confined areas. The variable undercarriage provides easy and efficient operation in any limited space work environment.
The new R17Z-9A is powered by a Kubota D902 engine which is rated at 11.7 kW (15.7 hp).
The engine provides efficient fuel combustion and reduced noise engine technology. The new machine slots into the existing Hyundai mini line-up between the R16-9 and the R25Z-9AK.
When fitted with a 960 mm long dipper arm, the R17Z-9A provides a maximum dig depth of 2190 mm. This mini excavator achieves true zero swing capability and it has two speed travel, travelling at 2.2 km/h at the lower end and 4.1 km/h at the higher end of its range.
An adjustable suspension seat, wrist rests, ergonomically designed joysticks and plenty of leg room help to reduce operator fatigue.