Soilmec selects Volvo Penta’s Stage V solution


Volvo Penta’s latest Stage V solution is to power Soilmec’s newest piling rig following positive experiences with other engines.

The Italian ground engineering manufacturer confirmed the new 13-liter D13 unit will be the engine of choice for its new SR-75 piling rig ahead of the new emissions regulations arriving in 2019.

Previously both the Stage IIIA and Stage IV engines from the Swedish company’s family of engines were used.

“Volvo Penta’s engines are compact and versatile, and offer high power with low fuel consumption,” said Alessandro Ditillo, large diameter bored piles product line manager at Soilmec.

“We found that their Stage IIIA and Stage IV engines have had the great advantage of having the same mechanical configuration and a single interface on the electrical panel.

“Together with a substantially reduced lead time, this has allowed Soilmec to easily manage the production of our models and send them to [the]customer’s required final destination.”

Based in Cesena, Eastern Italy, Soilmec was founded in 1969 and supplies its equipment to customers across the world. Parent company Trevi Group has carried out engineering work on large projects such as New York’s Ground Zero, using Soilmec’s machinery.

The SR-75 is an advanced self-mounting hydraulic drilling rig designed for creating bore holes for foundation piles, for either residential or commercial properties. The unit can create holes of various diameters and depths, including cased bore piles driven by a rotary head or casing oscillator, or uncased bore piles that are stabilized by drilling fluid or left dry.

Its main markets are Europe and Middle East. The 70-ton unit forms part of Soilmec’s series of piling rigs that range from 30-170 tons; the series of units can create holes of between 300-3,500mm in diameter, and of depths up to 140m.

“We have had a great overall experience with Volvo Penta,” said Ditillo. “From the initial phase of the study, to the application of the engine on the SR-75, and through to the on-site commissioning and after-sales management, the availability of Volvo Penta technicians has always been total. They have been proactive in solving any issues, and so the relationship has really been very positive.”

January 19, 2018

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