Digger maker JCB implements telemetry technology to 80% of its fleet and expanded its range with two new model variants.
JCB’s LiveLink telematics system will be fitted as standard on 80% of its products sold across Europe.
The proprietary LiveLink system provides a telematic link to JCB machines giving customers real-time location information, providing visibility of fleet and services like curfew and “geofence” alerts that inform owners when vehicles are moved.
The company – the world’s third biggest maker of construction equipment – has been increasing the number of machines and the number of countries covered by the telematics systems. From January 1, JCB’s 3CX and 4CX backhoe loaders, side-engined telescopic handlers and tracked and wheeled excavators will all be fitted with the LiveLink system. JCB LiveLink is also standard across Europe on all wheeled loading shovels above 8-tonnes operating weight.
“The JCB LiveLink offers customers improved visibility of their fleet, it also provides detailed performance and operational information which allows business owners to run their operation even more efficiently and cost-effectively,” said Tim Burnhope, JCB chief innovation and growth officer.
“Importantly, it also protects machines from theft and this enhanced level of security can result in reduced insurance premiums as well as greater peace of mind.”
If a machine is removed, the customer immediately receives a series of email alerts. Out-of-hours alerts can also be sent by SMS. The system also monitors the health of the machine as well as machine hours and performance. And an independent power source which means that even if the machine’s battery is disconnected, it continues to operate.
The Rocester-based dig maker has also expanded its range of machinery.
The new 2.7 tonne 8026 CTS joins the mini excavator class. It has a conventional layout with a trailer towable transport weight and increased lifting capacity (see photo). New features include an 11% increase in travel speed and a new valve block with 17% longer spool travel providing increased precision control.
The company has also added the high capacity 550-80 Loadall to its telescopic handler line. This high capacity telehandler adopts the same standards of machine design that has seen JCB become the world’s best selling telehandler manufacturer.
The 550-80 has been designed for bulk handling operations in heavier duty applications.
JCB is one British manufacturer expected to benefit heavily from the Government’s decision this month to approve the High Speed Two rail line between London and Birmingham.
The new line, which is passing through planning approval, is being built from scratch and will be about 115 miles in length.