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JCB brains and brawn for waste and recycling

Tough and reliable probably springs prominently to mind when thinking about waste and recycling materials handling machines. But it takes brains as well as brawn to increase productivity, minimise downtime and promote health and safety on site. Take for example the JCB 560-80 Wastemaster telehandler, one of the models in the company’s Wastemaster range, which delivers a maximum of 8.1 Metre in height, and an 6000 kg load capacity at the front end (3000 kg at full height). That is the brawn.

But it also has a clever side that promote safety. This includes automotive inspired power brakes, which offer proportional braking throughout the pedal travel to improve braking and safe stopping. An operator presence switch makes accidental operation a thing of the past. This feature prevents telehandler movement whenever drivers leave their seats. Meanwhile, Adaptive Load Control technology automatically controls hydraulic operation to help maintain the machine’s longitudinal stability.

Waste sites are loud places at the best of times and technology can be kind to the ears of those working on the site. The hydraulic cooling fan on JCB’s 457 automatically reacts to ambient temperature and adjusts the wheeled loading shovel’s fan speed to optimise cooling, making it quieter as a result – as well as reducing fuel consumption, which is of course good for the environment and good for reducing operating costs.

Fuel efficiency is a prime target for technology development. The net benefit scales up dramatically on waste and recycling sites where machines, in common with many off-highway vehicles, are left running whilst idle for much of their life.

Improved fuel economy across a mixed fleet of equipment is just one result of new technology that has just been introduced to the Wastemaster range.

The brand new version of JCB’s LiveLink telematics system enables mixed fleet operators to control all of their plant and equipment with one network.

LiveLink is used on over 160,000 JCB machines worldwide and boasts more than 70,000 logins per month. Its remote machine-monitoring benefits are now available to customers who also operate non-JCB equipment. The new JCB LiveLink Control Tower system allows fleet owners to seamlessly import fleet data from any telematics system compliant with the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) Telematics standard V1.2.

All machine information – whether JCB or competitive equipment – can then be displayed and interpreted in one secure, intuitive web portal or integrated into a user’s own IT system. JCB will also provide several Developer Toolkit services to assist with integrating machine data into existing systems and rental or fleet management software.

For those looking to bring all their equipment on to this fleet management portal, JCB dealers can retrospectively fit the JCB LiveLink Lite system to machines with no telematics device previously installed.

LiveLink increases fuel economy by providing fleet managers with up-to-the-minute fuel use data, including actual fuel consumption and fuel tank level. Other benefits include Enhanced Preventative Maintenance. Machine cautions, such as water in the fuel tank, can be sent to both the customer and to a local JCB dealer, where they can be monitored and used to signal the need for maintenance or a change of operation on site.

LiveLink also offers Location Tracking and Geofencing. The constantly updated location system can alert the customer to unauthorised movement of the machine, preventing theft and alerting rental companies to continued use of equipment that has been off-hired. This can also lead to reduced insurance premiums.

Ultimately, technology applied to waste and recycling machines results in benefits straight to the operator’s bottom line.

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