Hitauchi launches new excavator to mark redesigned factory demonstration area

Published 22/11, 2018 at 16:56

In September, Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe (HCME) inaugurated its redesigned demonstration area at its headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This has been redesigned in order to showcase a wider variety of machines in a more attractive and technologically advanced environment.

“We want to make the area more attractive to visitors, and to update it with new technology, so it would be ready for the launch of the ZX210X-6 ICT hydraulic excavator with machine control, and to better demonstrate Hitachi’s information and communication technology construction solutions (ICT),” explained project manager Frank van Neste of the redesign. "We wish to make this place more attractive for visitors and, at the same time, updated for the technological perspective of the industry.”

In order to demonstrate its new demonstration concept, HCME took the opportunity to demonstrate the new hydraulic ZX210X-6 ICT excavator with machine control. is is according to Makoto Yamazawa, president of HCME, the first ICT excavator in Europe. Additionally, Makoto Yamazawa outlined the company’s vision of tomorrow’s job site: “Already in a not distant future, there are many issues we have to comply with. But with those issues there are also many solutions where ICT plays an important role to improve efficiency, environmental restrictions, emission regulations and safety. With these circumstances, the mission of Hitachi is very clear: we have to comply with all these issues. And digitalisation is the keyword to resolve many of the issues and improve the efficiency and make contractor’s businesses sustainable.”

Hitachi hydraulic excavator with machine control

During the inauguration of the redesigned demonstration area, the company not only demonstrated the ZX210X-6, but also formally launched it to the European market. This modern excavator is believed to have a huge impact on construction and civil engineering projects by increasing efficiency (estimated to be in the region of 30-50%), enhance safety and make life easier for operators. It incorporates the latest Hitachi Construction Machinery technological advances, making the ZX210X-6 one of the ‘most precise’ models on the market today, with its semi-automatic operation ensuring consistently high levels of accuracy.

The ZX210X-6’s accurate performance also contributes to enhanced safety on the job site, as it has been designed for ease of operation, with user friendly features to supports the operator. These include sensors mounted on the body, boom, arm and bucket of the ZX210X-6, which are said to be among the fastest available. These enable accurate measurement of the excavator’s incline, and the angle of the front of the machine. The sensors work in harmony with the unique hydraulic control unit, and when combined with the hydraulics of Hitachi excavators, this drives the performance of the ZX210X-6.

The accurate positioning of the ZX210X-6 is determined with its 3D system, which can be downloaded by the machine via the internet or a USB device, enabling its position and altitude to be ascertained by satellite positioning and sensors. Alternatively, a 2D system uses coordinates derived from design drawings, and data entered manually by the operator into the monitor. is uses the machine as a reference point, taking information from the sensors. However, some staking is required for measuring on site when using the 2D system, whereas this is signi cantly reduced using 3D.

The easy to read, user friendly 244mm touchscreen monitor in the cab has been developed in cooperation with one of the global leaders of machine guidance devices,Trimble. It is factory fitted by Hitachi Construction Machinery and operates like a smartphone. This enables the operator to rotate the view of the machine 360°, and also zoom in and out of the view to monitor progress in more detail. The view can be customised according the operator’s preference, and it has a split screen option to show 2 or 3 views simultaneously.

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