New Komatsu hybrid wheel loader offers sustainable operation, enhanced fuel efficiency
For mine operators with a focus on sustainable operation, Komatsu's new WE1850-3 wheel loader, part of the new Generation 3 series, is a versatile loading tool that can be used for main line production and shovel backup as well as cleanup and ramp building.
Komatsu is rebranding all of its hybrid wheel loader products, as part of its ongoing process to integrate its legacy brands into One Komatsu. This rebranding transitions legacy brands, such as the P&H L1150, P&H L1350, P&H L1850 and P&H L2350 loaders to Komatsu.
The WE series of wheel loaders have an SR Hybrid Drive system that is fully regenerative. During braking or retarding, electrical motors become generators and feed power back into the electrical system. This allows for up to 45 percent less fuel consumption than comparably sized mechanical drive wheel loaders or hydraulic excavator machines, as well as considerable reduction in carbon emissions per ton.
For faster cycle times without a commensurate increase in fuel usage, Generation 3 series wheel loaders include the Kinetic Energy Storage System (KESS), which works in concert with the SR Hybrid Drive to store significant horsepower captured from braking and direct it to supplement peak power demand.
The LINCS II network control system on the WE180-3 provides real-time feedback and vital statistics, such as bucket height and angle, individual bucket payload, and total tons moved. This can help improve productivity by allowing operators to quickly adjust to conditions.
To keep operators comfortable during shifts, the spacious, environmentally controlled cab was designed to offer excellent visibility, and a trainer seat that is now standard. Digital joysticks offer easy and responsive control, while the highly adjustable, heated/cooled seat helps minimize driver discomfort.