twitter Facebook Linkedin acp RSS Feed

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is pushing boundaries with its latest African launch, the new Volvo EC550E T3 excavator

Volvo excavatorThe new Volvo EC550E T3 excavator. (Image source: Volvo CE)

The new machine breaks the link between operating weight and productivity, offering tonnes per hour production close to a 70t class machine but with lower fuel consumption. 

Achieve 35% greater production

Thanks to its buckets and fast cycle times, the EC550E delivers 35% greater production than the 50t class EC480D in typical dig and dump applications. In fact, its production levels approach those of a 70t class machine.

The larger bucket is enabled through the increased undercarriage dimensions (for greater stability), as well as upgrades to the frame, boom and arm. The fast cycle times, meanwhile, result from the engine’s high torque at a remarkably low rpm combined with the large displacement pumps.

The EC550E excavator’s dimensions, lifting capacity and engine are well in line with some competitor 70t models, but it consumes considerably less fuel.

Benefit from 22% higher efficiency 

Besides the efficient engine and electrohydraulic joystick commands, the EC550E has the industry’s highest-performing hydraulics.

The EC550E is the first excavator to use Volvo’s pioneering independent metering valve technology (IMVT). Instead of a conventional spool-type main control valve (MCV), the EC550E uses dedicated valves – for feed and return for each actuator. 

Oil is pumped exactly according to demand at any given moment to eliminate hydraulic losses and deliver an extreme level of fuel efficiency with astonishing controllability.

Match the A35G or A40G hauler perfectly

Matching the size and capacity of your loading machine to your hauler also impacts productivity and efficiency. 

The EC550E can fill an A35G or A40G hauler with four to six buckets meaning that Volvo now offers two perfect match excavators for A35G or A40G haulers in Africa – the EC750D and the EC550E according to productivity and efficiency needs. 

Unlock the full potential with Volvo Services

Using Volvo Site Simulation, local dealers can recommend the best fleet and site set-up to maximise productivity and efficiency. Meanwhile, fuel efficiency reports and can help reduce fuel expenditure further. 

With the right machines and services, Volvo can help clients achieve the highest tonne per hour production at the lowest cost per tonne. 

Discover more about the Volvo EC550E T3 excavator and Volvo Services here.