Komatsu Europe introduces PC360LC/NLC-11 hydraulic excavator to the European market

At INTERMAT 2015, Komatsu Europe introduced its Tier 4 Final compliant PC360LC/NLC-11 hydraulic excavator to the European market.

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Komatsu Europe International N.V. introduces the PC360LC/NLC-11 hydraulic excavator to the European market. This new excavator was showcased at INTERMAT 2015 in Paris (April 20 to 25). It further leverages Komatsu’s leadership in technology and innovation with an environmentally friendly EU Stage IV Komatsu engine, up to 5%
improved fuel efficiency, an upgraded cab design and enhanced safety and serviceability. Productivity is maximized and operating costs are reduced.

Built on proven EU Stage IIIB engine technology, Komatsu’s EU Stage IV engines are productive, dependable and efficient. With a net 202 kW (271 hp) at 1,950 rpm and operating weights between 35,800 and 36,850 kg, the PC360LC/NLC-11 maintains the powerful performance of the previous Komatsu model.

Vince Porteous, Product Manager at Komatsu Europe International, states, “This new excavator does so much more than simply meet EU Stage IV emission regulations: it offers significant advances in fuel consumption, provides 3G communications, improves operator comfort and includes new safety features.”

Key features of the PC360LC/NLC-11

Komatsu EU Stage IV emission certified engine – Productive, dependable, efficient

Komatsu’s new EU Stage IV engine integrates SCR to further reduce NOx emissions using the AdBlue additive. With an advanced electronic control system that manages the airflow rate, fuel injection, combustion parameters and aftertreatment functions, the Komatsu EU Stage IV engine optimizes performance, reduces emissions and provides advanced diagnostic capability. Customers benefit from lower fuel consumption with no loss of performance. Komatsu continues to use a Komatsu Variable Geometry Turbocharger (KVGT) and an Exhaust Gas
Recirculation (EGR) valve for precise temperature and air management control and for longer component life.

To ensure product reliability and durability in demanding conditions, Komatsu developed the entire system, including the control software, which is critical to the effective operation of the aftertreatment system. This control system is also integrated into the machine’s on-board diagnostics systems and in KOMTRAX, Komatsu’s standard telematics system.

Lift capacity and stability

The PC360LC/NLC-11 features a heavy-duty undercarriage and maintains the same high lift capacity and lateral stability as the prior PC360 model. The operator can easily select Lift Mode to raise hydraulic pressure and increase lifting force by up to 6%.

Highly efficient hydraulic system

Enhancements were made to the hydraulic system for reduced hydraulic loss and better efficiency. All major components on the new PC360LC/NLC-11 including the engine, hydraulic pumps, motors and valves are exclusively designed and produced by Komatsu. This integrated design uses a closed center load sensing hydraulic system that takes hydraulic efficiency to the next level using variable speed matching technology. Variable speed matching allows the engine speed to adjust based on the hydraulic pump output for both light and heavy-duty applications.

Operator environment

The PC360LC/NLC-11 cab provides a comfortable and quiet work environment that helps operators maximize productivity. The proportional control joysticks, which are standard, allow precise operation of attachments with comfort and ease. With the addition of the new Neutral Detection System, the risk of inadvertent operation is reduced.

The ROPS certified cab, specifically designed for hydraulic excavators, gains strength from a reinforced box structure framework. The cab is mounted on viscous isolation dampers for low vibration levels. A standard heated high back air suspension seat comes with newly designed fully adjustable armrests for improved comfort. In addition to the standard radio, external devices can play music through the cab speakers thanks to an auxiliary input. The cab also has the benefit of two 12V power ports for the operator’s convenience.

A high-resolution 7-inch LCD widescreen color monitor features enhanced capabilities and displays information in 26 languages for global support. The operator can easily select up to six working modes to match machine performance to the application. The new monitor panel provides information on AdBlue fluid level, Eco guidance, operational records, fuel consumption history and utilization information. For improved safety, a standard rear-view camera gives the operator a wide landscape view of the area directly behind the machine and is now incorporated, along with the gauges, as the operating default screen. An optional second camera is available.

Convenient maintenance and serviceability

The PC360LC/NLC-11 provides easier service access to help reduce costly downtime. The new model has guardrails on both sides of the upper structure for easier accessibility. The radiator and hydraulic oil coolers are mounted side by side, making it easier to maintain and service when required.

The excavator is equipped with the exclusive Komatsu EMMS (Equipment Management Monitoring System), which has enhanced diagnostic features that give the operator and technicians greater monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities. EMMS also continuously monitors all critical systems, preventative maintenance, and provides troubleshooting assistance to minimize diagnosis and repair time.

The PC360LC/NLC-11 is equipped with the latest KOMTRAX remote monitoring technology with data access via the web or via KOMTRAX Mobile on your smart phone. In addition to providing data such as fuel levels, operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts, KOMTRAX is further enhanced to monitor AdBlue levels,
Komatsu Diesel Particulate Filter (KDPF) regeneration and now also provides fuel theft alerts, via 3G telecommunication. A new Operator Identification System reports key operating information for multiple operators and the new Auto Idle Shutdown function helps to lower operating costs.

All Komatsu EU Stage IV machines come with Komatsu CARE, a complimentary maintenance program for Komatsu customers. For the first three years or 2,000 hours it covers factory-scheduled maintenance, performed by Komatsu-trained technicians with Komatsu Genuine parts. Komatsu CARE offers up to a maximum of two complimentary KDPF exchanges and a warranty for the first 5 years or 9,000 hours for the KDPF and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR).

“With Komatsu CARE, customer peace of mind also comes as standard,” says Jim Venerus, Deputy General Manager for Marketing. “This industry exclusive keeps your new EU Stage IV machine up and running, smoothly and efficiently, and gives truly unbeatable customer value.”