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DBT to launch innovative new Compact Loader at Aimex 2007

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

As DBT’s innovative new Compact Loader is designed and manufactured by DBT in Australia, it is only fitting that DBT should choose AIMEX 2007 in Sydney, Australia from September 4 – 7, 2007 to launch it. The machine has unique features not found in any other product in the underground coal market, particularly in the area of the cab and controls.
DBT has engineered the Compact Loader to access low seam operations that have proven difficult to access with current equipment available. A width of 1995mm gives stability for a variety of operations. The machine cover height of 1350mm gives enhanced visibility for the operator during low seam operations. The Compact Loader features as standard an enclosed operator’s cab and the opportunity for the customer to select alternative operator’s cabs if required. The DBT Compact Loader reflects a small roadway presence and sets the bar in design and capability in the sub-10-tonne market.
Modularity was a key design criterion to ensure great flexibility in application. The cab, for example, can be left- or right-mounted, depending on the operator’s requirements. The cab height can be selected: The standard height is 1850 mm, with the ability to reposition 100 mm higher (for superior visibility) or 200 mm lower (for operation in low seams). Driver visibility has been increased to within 10 m of the rear for the 1850 mm cab height.
A hydraulic height adjustment option will be available at a later date allowing the Compact Loader’s operator cab to be raised and lowered for various seam heights, greater ground clearance and enhanced visibility.
The engine pod is of modular, bolt-on design, allowing a range of engine and exhaust configurations – including 107 kW 4-cylinder and 132 kW 6-cylinder engines with wet scrubber (particulate filter) or optional dry scrubber systems. The hydraulic tank and fuel tanks are separate from the frame, located within a pod-mounting system allowing optional mounting positions and capacities.
The Compact Loader shares many features with other diesel vehicles in DBT’s product portfolio, ensuring the use of tried and tested components and minimising inventories.
The DBT Compact Loader employs a new steer joint arrangement allows articulation of 45 degrees with up to 8 degrees of oscillation. The attachment unit of the machine uses parallel lift technology for optimum control of the attachments or a ‘Z’ link rapid dump system can be selected. The lift plate has the capability to pick-up both RAS and QDS type attachments. A range of dedicated RAS attachments for the Compact Loader is available including; buckets, side shift forks, jib cranes and work platforms. Optional attachments are; fuel, lubrication and maintenance pod systems, concrete kibble, general purpose trailers, pipe trailers and belt/cable reelers.
Operation of the Compact Loader is simplified by a fully electronic dashboard and Control Stick steering. This is a unique feature within the DBT product range and is the first machine designed and manufactured by DBT Australia not to utilise a steering wheel. The control stick is a DBT design and is fully flameproof. Control and use of attachment and implement control is fully electronically operated from the operators cab.
Safety is a key design criteria and the Compact Loader has been designed and manufactured with this in mind. Inboard posi-stop brakes allow the machine frame to be wider and also reduce the track of the machine giving the safety benefit of increased stability to the operator and pedestrians. Hydraulic valving utilises onboard spool monitoring and fault detection. Availability of different tyre options and inflation media allows for a full range of tyre fill options to be offered to customers also enhancing carrying capacity, safety and reduction in vehicle track. Operator comfort and confidence in the machine is enhanced by the use of a fully enclosed cab and in-dash automatic electronic fault monitoring. A reduction in Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) and reduced cost of ownership compared to other diesel powered machines has been delivered by separating torque converter and hydraulic pumps allowing for more piston pumps to use and the hydraulic system to provide a load sensing system. The reduction in the load on the engine delivers a tangible return of reducing cost of ownership through cutting down the wear on the engine, lower fuel consumption, reduced NVH levels and machine heat rejection.

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