Volvo Construction Equipment has unveiled its new pipelayer, PL3005D, a heavy duty machine with a 50 tonne lifting capacity.
The 35 tonne tracked machine that is powered by a 151 kW Volvo D8H engine operates on a hydraulic excavator platform, giving the superstructure a 360° swing capability for infinite pipe placement possibilities – a major shift from the traditional side boom pipelayer designs.
According to the firm’s website, the PL3005D can operate on the slopes of up to 30° and in rugged conditions. The machine boasts a load management system (LMS) which uses inputs hook, boom and base machine-mounted sensors to allow operators to determine what weight can be safely lifted in any position relative to a slope.
The PL3005D produces audible and visible signs that alerts the operator when the safe load limit is reached, including yellow/red/green light bars on both sides of the boom.
Other features of the PL3005D,which come as standard, include Attachment Management System and CareTrack Telematics System – which provides machine data such as service reminders, fuel consumption and location, and makes this information available securely on any remote online connection.
The Attachment Management System, on the other hand, stores up to 18 pre-sets for the use of a variety of attachments, enabling operators to adjust hydraulic flow as standard and make adjustments to hydraulic pressure as an option.