Komatsu and L&T have introduced two new models of Hydraulic Excavators in the 30-ton class viz., Komatsu PC300LC-8M0 and Komatsu PC350LC-8M0 for applications in the stone, granite and marble Industry. The new models were launched jointly by Mr. Masaaki Kamizono, Managing Director, Komatsu India and Mr. Arvind K. Garg, Executive Vice-President, Construction & Mining Machinery, at an event held in KIPL’s ultra-modern plant in Oragadam, Chennai on August 17, 2018.
The 30-tonne class of shovels are popular in the Indian market, and L&T had introduced the Komatsu PC300 model almost a decade ago. Sensing the need for a sturdier machine to address the granite and marble segment, L&T worked closely with Komatsu to develop and roll out the two new models. The next generation machines have been taken up for manufacturing by Komatsu and will be marketed by L&T through its nationwide network of sales offices.
PC300LC-8M0 and PC350LC-8M0 are heavy-duty models with strengthened body, large counterweight and stronger undercarriage fitted with large capacity bucket and reinforcements. They are fitted with Komatsu SAA6D114E-3 powerful diesel engine developing 260 HP. The power mode is for faster cycle times and higher production while the economy mode saves on fuel consumption. Both the models house a large spacious new-design automatic air-conditioner cabin providing superior comfort and safety to the operator.
Both excavators are built with the next generation Komtrax, the revolutionary tracking system that helps the user monitor the machine anytime, anywhere and improve machine performance as well as reduce fuel usage. The features include color monitor with advanced machine monitoring function and improved visibility and resolution with large TFT LCD.
Several new features make the models an attractive proposition in the tough and demanding applications of stone, granite and marble Industry - SE Boom (6.0 m), ME Bucket (with 1.9, 2.1, 2.3 CuM options), with substantial improvements in ICT technology, eco-compliance and fuel efficiency. Komatsu ME Bucket is an engineering marvel with high durability and is effective for high productivity with low-resistant excavation.
The event included technical presentations by Komatsu and L&T teams and was well represented by the customers from the Granite and Marble Industry across India. Senior executives from KIPL and L&T introduced the new features of the machines in detail to the customers. The launch of these new models in the Construction Equipment will help L&T carve a niche in the highly competitive 30-tonne class market.