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Volvo loaders go to New Earth Solutions

New Earth Solutions Ltd of Verwood, Dorset has selected two Volvo L110F wheeled loaders for its recently commissioned composting facility located at Blaise Farm Quarry, West Malling, Kent.

Since its inception in 2003 developing bespoke processing techniques to recycle all manner of solid waste, New Earth Solutions has been associated with Volvo loading shovels. At that time the Company purchased an L60E machine for its research facility located at Wimborne in Dorset.

To coincide with the commissioning of their new composting facility and as part of a 8m investment in the venture, New Earth Solutions has purchased a further two Volvo L110F loading shovels which take charge at Blaise Farm Quarry located at West Malling, Kent. Both the eighteen tonne machines are being deployed feeding the raw material made up from mainly domestic waste into feed hoppers at the start of the composting process. The material is subsequently shredded then processed through a unique computer controlled, enclosed and forced aerated windrow system. The finished, high quality composted product is then stocked and loaded out into bulk transporters for final destinations to both the local agricultural markets and for regeneration activities ongoing around the Thames Gateway.

Supplied to Volvo's waste handler specifications, the new machines feature long booms, attachment brackets and 5m high tip light materials buckets. In addition the L110F's have hydraulically operated belly guards, additional guarding to work lights and cab windscreen and are fitted with Michelin XMine D2 tyres. Due to the nature of the application, additional cooling options have been specified including automatic reversible fan and external axle cooling to prevent excessive over heating working in confined conditions. To meet New Earth Solutions' criteria on environmental issues, both machines have been installed with Panolin 46 bio degradable hydraulic oil.

The L110F is powered by a Tier III 7 litre Volvo engine developing 230 hp at just 1500rpm. The Tier III/Stage 3 low emission engine delivers high torque at just above tick over, giving the new loaders excellent rimpull and low fuel consumption as well as a significant reduction in noise levels of the E series machine. Much effort has been expended to increase mid-range torque; giving better operability in the most economic engine speed range. One practical consequence of this increase in horsepower is better pile penetration and fuller buckets.

Engine power is converted into work via a new smooth shifting electric-hydraulic HTE transmission. All the operator has to do is select Forward or Reverse. The Volvo Full Automatic Power Shift (FAPS) then takes over and selects which of the four forward and four reverse gears is required - and the perfect moment to change ratio. The system is independent of both machine and engine speed. New software in the ECU adapts to the operators' style of driving, optimizing gear changing parameters and saving fuel by always selecting the right gear. For improved operator comfort, oil-filled clutches and a Pulse-Width Modulation Valve in the transmission allow smoother shifting and minimize jolting when changing between gears. The transmission is also significantly quieter than its predecessor, and maximum speed has also been increased. The fact that all major components of the driveline (engine, transmission, axles) are designed and built by Volvo means that they work in harmony, in terms of performance, reliability and also fuel efficiency.

Becoming operational in September, the New Earth Solutions' Blaise facility is expected to recycle around 50000 tonnes of domestic refuse per annum serving residents in South West Kent as part of a fifteen year contract with Kent County Council.

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