Komatsu Europe introduces the PC228USLC-11Published 10/10 at 16:53
The new Komatsu PC228USLC‐11 possesses many new features, including improved lifting performance with 6% lower fuel consumption, improved operator comfort, increased safety features and leading low in cab noise levels.
Its rounded cab design, more compact than on a conventional excavator, allows it to rotate within the counterweight’s swing radius.
The upgraded Komatsu excavator provides the benefits of its predecessor, with lower operational costs and more versatility. Designed and equipped for maximised productivity and control, it efficiently carries out digging, trenching, landscaping, site preparation or any other task required. Paul Dickinson, product manager at Komatsu Europe International states: “This new ultra‐short tail excavator does so much more than simply meet EU Stage IV emission regulations: it offers significant advances in fuel consumption, lift capacity and working envelope, provides 3G communications, improves operator comfort and includes new safety features. The new larger diameter boom raise cylinders provide much improved lifting capabilities, and with the improved hydraulics, smoother operation and levelling.”
Low emissions and low operating costs
Operating weights of the PC228USLC‐11 range from 23,600 kg to 24,150 kg. It is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D107E‐3 engine, EU Stage IV emissions certified, with a net horsepower of 123kW at 2,000 rpm. Komatsu’s advanced electronic control system manages the airflow rate, fuel injection, combustion parameters and after treatment functions. Komatsu’s EU Stage IV engine optimises performance, reduces emissions and provides advanced diagnostic capability, enabling customers to benefit from lower fuel consumption with no loss of performance. An integrated SCR (selective catalytic reduction) system further reduces NOx emissions using the AdBlue® additive.
Versatility and Efficiency
Powerful and precise, the PC228USLC‐1 is designed for a wide range of applications. All major components, including the engine, hydraulic pumps, motors and valves are exclusively designed and produced by Komatsu.
Larger boom raise cylinders, combined with an upgrade to the arm’s hydraulic circuit, improve the excavator’s lift capacity by up to 21%, with heavy loads being placed easily, in a wider working range. These features enable the operator to get the job done correctly the first time, under any working conditions, thanks to the easy and smooth arm control.
Safety and Operator Comfort
A comfortable work environment has been designed to further maximise productivity. Specifically designed for hydraulic excavators, the ROPS certified cab gains strength from a reinforced box structure framework. It is mounted on rubber isolation dampers for low vibration levels, with its sliding cab door enabling unrestricted access / egress to the cab in confined spaces. The radio offers pre‐sets and an auxiliary USB input for connecting external devices.
The new viscous fan clutch system reduces both power loss and engine load when maximum cooling is not required. This lowers fuel consumption, and contributes to what is said to be a class leading low in cab noise level of 71dB. Proportional control joysticks are standard, and allow precise operation of attachments with comfort and ease. A new auto idle shutdown helps the machine to further decrease fuel consumption, with the addition of a new neutral detection system reducing the risk of inadvertent operation.
A high resolution 177mm (approx.) TFT‐LCD widescreen colour monitor features enhanced capabilities, and displays information in 26 languages for global support. It provides information on AdBlue® fluid level, eco guidance, operational records, fuel consumption history and utilisation information. Safety is further enhanced through Komatsu’s standard ‘KomVision’ system, with display on the monitor of a real time bird’s eye view of the PC228USLC‐11’s immediate surroundings. This helps to avoid jobsite incidents and accidental movement at start up.