A new Volvo EC240C LC has been delivered to West London Waste, Park Royal, NW London continuing a long standing tradition of operating Volvo Construction Equipment on site.
The new EC240C twenty four tonne excavator was selected after a careful evaluation of the market and for a need to increase the capacity of the twenty one tonne competitive machine it replaced. "We liked the build quality and robust features of the Volvo machine," commented Operations Director John Holbrook. "More importantly we chose the EC240C based on the high level of after market support we've received from Volvo over many years - their back up is second to none," he continued. And a venerable L160 loading shovel which is still at work at West London Waste's Park Royal facility is testament to this fact. Delivered back in 1991 with a bespoke extension arm to the standard loading frame, the machine has provided high availability looked after by Volvo's customer support centre based in Woking.
The new twenty four tonne excavator now joining the old shovel has been equipped with a hydraulically operated extendable cab and rotating selector grab and has been put in charge of sorting and picking both domestic and industrial waste material arriving at the facility from the West London boroughs. With a lift height of 2 metres from normal position, the operator has full visibility for pre sorting material and then loading it directly into either high sided bulkers or skips. A hose rupture valve on the cab's lifting cylinder ensures maximum safety and in the event of an emergency a valve accessed from ground level can lower the cab back to its conventional position. The EC240C is powered by a Volvo Tier III low-emission seven litre engine developing 170 hp and a maximum torque of 870Nm at just 1800rpm. This contributes to an excellent performance as it is well matched to the machine's hydraulics providing high efficiency, rapid cycles and low fuel consumption. An advanced mode control system ensures the maximum possible hydraulic horsepower available is delivered at a constant engine speed under varying load conditions. Operators have complete control of the machine's functions thanks to this advanced Volvo technology.
The West London Waste Authority (WLWA) is a statutory authority established in January 1986 to undertake the waste disposal functions for six boroughs in West London. The main administrative offices of the WLWA are situated at Mogden, Isleworth, and there are three waste transfer stations accepting waste from the boroughs before transport to disposal sites. The work of the Authority requires close co-operation with the constituent boroughs in the matters of waste management policy and operational arrangements.
Volvo Construction Equipment Ltd market wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, graders, Volvo Compact Equipment and Volvo road machinery products. Nine strategically placed customer support centres and a network of compact equipment dealers ensure high quality customer support throughout Great Britain.