Volvo Dig Assist Start and Load Assist Now Standard in North America

Standard on excavators and wheel loaders, Dig Assist Start and Load Assist provide real-time guidance for operators to enhance performance, productivity and safety.

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Volvo Construction Equipment continues to unlock the full productivity potential of its excavator and wheel loader lineup with its basic package of Dig Assist — Dig Assist Start — now standard on new EC220E to EC480E excavator models, and its Load Assist system now standard on new L150H to L260H wheel loader models. 

“Our Assist programs give operators greater accuracy and proven time savings, so it makes sense to make these available as standard to help customers get the most out of their machines,” says Ray Gallant, Vice President, Sales Support at Volvo CE. “With these systems, every operator can be your best operator.” 

Dig Assist Accuracy

Dig Assist Start maximizes excavator productivity by making it easier for operators to dig, trench and excavate. Operators can also create more complex, multidimensional site profiles to improve performance with optional upgrades to Dig Assist 2D, Dig Assist In-Field Design, and Dig Assist On-Board Weighing. Powered by the Volvo Co-Pilot in-cab tablet and incorporating sensors and the latest location technology (GNSS), Dig Assist delivers impressive excavation accuracy in a fraction of the time compared to conventional methods.

Load Assist Real-Time Information

Volvo Load Assist provides both real-time intelligence to the operator and documentation of work orders for the owner and their customers. Load Assist helps wheel loader customers save time and money with On-Board Weighing, a factory-fit system that can achieve +/- 1% accuracy on every bucket, ensuring machines shift the optimal load. With real-time insights into the bucket’s load, operators can eliminate over-loading, under-loading, reweighing and waiting times. Also using Volvo Co-Pilot, customers can monitor loading progress, track materials and trucks, and change work orders in seconds.

In addition to becoming standard on L150H to L260H models, Load Assist is also available as an option on L110H and L120H models.

Operator Coaching: Valuable New Load Assist Feature

To help improve operator performance, Volvo is adding a new Operator Coaching functionality to its Load Assist program as a standard feature on L150H to L260H wheel loaders. As machines become more advanced with smarter technology, Operator Coaching helps ensure operators use their Volvo machine to its full potential. The intuitive app provides real-time guidance to operators on issues including idling, braking, throttling and engaging the transmission lock-up, helping them understand how their actions influence machine productivity and efficiency. It also identifies areas for improvement or necessary changes in their driving technique.

“With Operator Coaching, operators can set targets and objectives to continually develop and improve their operating practices and get the most out of their machines,” says Eric Yeomans, Product Manager, Wheel Loaders.