Compact Equipment

JUL 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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18 Compact Equipment JULY/AUGUST 2018 Volvo Construction Equipment and Lego Technic construc- tion toys recently joined creative forces with a team of children to design a futuristic, autonomous construction machine. The result: The Lego Technic Volvo Concept Wheel Loader Zeux set, scheduled for release in toy stores in August 2018. What started out as a fun, informal team building event to inspire the Volvo CE and Lego Technic design teams in 2016 gradually evolved into an idea for an actual Lego Technic product. Also, a focus group consisting of children helped out in the pro- cess creating the Zeux. Looking at early drawings and models, the group gave feedback that led to the development of new, unique features like the scout drone and the adjustable camera boom mounted on the roof of the vehicle, called the Eye. VOLVO, LEGO AND KIDS TEAM UP ON AUTONOMOUS CONCEPT WHEEL LOADER TOY Extendable counterweight, raising and lowering chassis, four-wheel steering, the Eye. We want a Zeux. The 3H50T in particular represents a special unit for Hatz. This three-cylinder engine has been specifically developed for machinery that can be powered by a very high torque engine with a power output of less than 25 hp, which means no aftertreatment needed in the United States. For instance, the super popular 3- to 4-metric ton mini excavator category is now embracing the downsizing diesel trend, utilizing under-25-hp engines to avoid the ex- tra cost of aftertreatment. "For the H-Series, we developed a strategy called iHACS," said Richter-Schützeneder. "This completely self-devel- oped strategy is used throughout the whole family. It leads specifically to very high combustion efficiency, very low combustion noise and very high torque." iHACS stands for intelligent Hatz Advanced Combus- tion Strategy. That H-Series strategy means capitalizing on a sophisticated combustion chamber geometry, Bosch common rail injection technology, minimized friction and a charge air pressure of 1.7 bar, all ensuring the right dimension of power in less than a fifth of a cubic meter. That's impressive. All of this results in a smaller, more pow- erful engine that creates fewer particulates, hence making the exhaust gas treatment more efficient or removing the need all together. Of course, engines were only part of the message. Cus- tomer service was also top of mind for Hatz strategists. In Hatz CEO Bernd Krüper (left) and majority shareholder Wolfram Hatz (right) entertain journalists at the Hatz family farmhouse, behind the factory.

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