Atlas develops powerful and precise crawler excavator


Atlas has developed a new powerful, quiet and stable crawler excavator, which has been instrumental in the completion of a challenging construction project in Germany. The 340LC drove 40 I-beams for Berliner Verbau for a construction pit located next to a landmarked residential area in the city of Hamburg.

With an operating weight of 42 tons, powered by a cocooned six-cylinder Deutz Tier 4F engine with 180kW of power available and particulate filter, the new machine’s engine interacts with a Linde hydraulic system to turn the excavator into an extremely precise and sensitive tool.

“The special telescopic jib works extremely smoothly and you can adjust it accurately to the millimeter without the slightest trace of a vibration”, said Oliver Joite, a Berliner Verbau worker and driver of the 340LC.

The operating reach of the vehicle is 16.5m. Equipped with 700mm crawler chains, the chassis is 4,800mm long and hydraulically telescopic from 2,600mm to 4,500mm.

“The chassis is almost square when fully extended. Thus, the slewing ring is at the center and the excavator stands firm and stable in all areas,” said Nils Schmuck, technical advisor from Atlas Hamburg. “Also, the 340 LC’s cocooned engine works so quietly that you can have a conversation right next to the excavator in a normal voice. Moreover, the Tier 4F engine is extremely friendly to the environment. Although you know that a Diesel engine is at work here, you won’t smell it.”

The western ‘stairs quarter’ district of the city, Blankenese, is characterized by small houses standing close to each other.

August 18, 2017

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