Case Construction Equipment celebrated 170 years of innovative engineering excellence at the INTERMAT exhibition in April. Central to a host of new machine introductions was the continued investment in Tier 4 Interim emissions standards solutions. This has resulted in the adoption of Tier 4 Interim engines across 90% of models, maintaining the company’s position at the forefront of efficient, productive machine design.
With a range of award-winning crawler and wheeled excavators, wheeled loaders, skid steers, tractor loader backhoe, mini excavators and a dozer, there was a machine for every application on the Case Construction Equipment stand this year. Among that line-up, the C Series excavators, F Series wheeled loaders and the latest Case skid steers have all recently been named in the U.S. magazine Construction Equipment’s Top 100 Awards.
In addition to the machinery, Case delivered equipment solutions for customers that include finance, spare parts, service and maintenance back-up and the new Case telematics system. There was also in-depth displays of Case technology, from Tier 4 Interim emissions engines to transmissions and hydraulics.
C Series Expansion
There were six of the latest C Series crawler excavators on the stand, each powered by new low emission Tier 4 Interim engines offering increased efficiency and fuel savings benefits. Through the use of the Case Intelligent Hydraulic System (CIHS), incorporating five electronically managed energy saving systems, models including the popular CX160C and CX210C boast an additional 10% fuel saving over B Series excavators.
There will be additions to the short radius line-up too, with the CX145C SR and the CX235C SR boasting an even more impressive 17.5% fuel saving over competitive products. The combination of Tier 4 Interim engines and the Case Intelligent Hydraulic System deliver a 7% reduction in cycle times and a 15% increase in lifting capacity.
Higher up the range, there was a CX300C NLC model on show, demonstrating the compact transport dimensions of this narrow track model. However visitors were almost certainly drawn to the largest model on show, the powerful Case CX470C ME. This Mass Excavation machine features a 5% increase in fuel efficiency, along with 5% faster cycle times and a 6% increase in lift capacity.
Faster, More Productive And Fuel Efficient Wheeled Loaders
Building upon the successful introduction of the F Series wheel loader range last year, Case demonstrated the 821F along with the 721F with Z-bar loader linkage. Equipped with frugal Tier 4 Interim engines, these loaders use selective catalytic reduction (SCR) with AdBlue to achieve up to 15% lower fuel consumption versus the previous series. This in-house technology was successfully introduced in 2004 in the truck business to reduce fuel costs and emissions levels.
These loaders will also be equipped with open axles with a 100% differential lock on the front, to increase traction and boosts productivity. With longer maintenance intervals both owners and technicians will appreciate 1,500 hour changing of coolant, axle oil and transmission oil, while tire wear is dramatically reduced thanks to the open differentials.
The stand also played host to two of the largest models in the range, the 921F and the productive 1121F. Designed to work at the heart of aggregate production operations, these two machines deliver unparalleled performance with reduced operating costs for customers.
Construction Kings Adopt Tier 4 Interim
The popular Case tractor loader backhoe line-up took on Tier 4 Interim standard engines at INTERMAT 2012. Both the 97 hp 580ST and the 110 hp 695ST machines use CEGR to achieve the emissions standard. The 580ST will be equipped with the latest Powershift transmission, offering increased productivity and ease of use for the operator.
At the rear the Case backhoe has a redesigned dipper stick with teeth for easier grabbing of rocks and timber. This also provides increased protection of the dipper in tough terrain. As optional hydraulic backhoe slide control will be offered, providing rapid relocation of the backhoe from one side of the machine to the other, without the risk of damage to the ground below. This is particularly useful for customers working on highways or in urban locations.
Compact Machines Deliver Performance With Stability
The CX55B is the latest mini excavator to join the compact range of utility equipment from Case. This reduced radius model offers impressive performance with the stability that comes from a conventional layout. Digging depth is 3.9 m, maximum reach at ground level an impressive 6.2 m and an excellent lifting capacity of 1,120 kg to the side at ground level.
Smooth attachment control is a priority on the CX55B so proportional controls are standard for greater accuracy and control. The spacious cab has air-conditioning as an option, contributing to operator comfort. The cab is ROPS, TOPS and FOPS certified, providing maximum protection for the operator in all working conditions.
Also on display was the CX18 with a canopy and the larger CX26 with a full cab. These excavators were lined up alongside two of the latest award-winning skid steer models and one compact tracked loader from Case, the radial lift SR130, the vertical lift SV185 and the TR320.
Telematics Monitoring From Case Dealers
Case unveiled a telematics monitoring solution that can be installed on Case and non-Case machinery. The Case system uses a telematics control unit mounted on the machine to collect and send information using the GPS satellite network. Customers and dealers can access this data to determine working hours, to plan maintenance and to monitor machine positioning and working conditions, reducing the risk of unauthorized use ofmachines onsite and monitoring machine performance and productivity.
The Case telematics solution will become a valuable addition to every fleet manager’s toolkit, providing regular updates on location and operation, and boosting overall fleet productivity and utilization.
An Enjoyable Experience For All
Visitors to the Case Construction Equipment stand in Hall 6 enjoyed the traditional Case hospitality, this year including regular performances from a live band and speakers. For those customers wishing to take home a momento of the 170th Anniversary of Case, there was special heritage clothing among the many items on offer in the store on the stand.
Case also ran daily visits to its Paris Customer Center, in nearby Monthyon. Daily shuttles transported customers to and from the site, where they experienced a wide range of machinery in action on the demonstration ground.