JCB focuses on operator in new excavators

New 220X crawler excavators are first of the next generation of JCB tracked machines

JCB has developed advanced new 220X crawler excavators, the first models in the next generation of JCB tracked machines for the global construction market. The company said it has employed a programme of intensive component and product testing over a four-year development period to achieve increased levels of build quality and reliability for customers.

The new machines feature 15% larger cabs with integral ROPS structure, offering reduced noise levels; an upperstructure that is 200mm wider for delivering improved packaging; central main boom mounting for increased digging accuracy and durability; intuitive, ergonomically-designed cab controls with simple user interface; and stronger side doors for greater strength and increased protection

Tim Burnhope, JCB’s chief innovation and growth officer, said: “With the next generation 220X, JCB has moved to a totally new level of product development and machine assembly, that will benefit all of our excavator customers in the field.

“Every detail of these excavators has been examined and perfected, to provide maximum durability and reliability in operation. But more than that, we have made it easier for the operator and for the service technician, reducing downtime for the customer and boosting profitability. The 220X heralds the arrival of a new generation of JCB excavators, that will provide many years of faithful service across the world.”

There has been a total focus on the operator environment and the cab is a completely new structure, which will be used across the X series range. It is 100mm longer and a full 1m wide, making it 15% larger overall than on previous machines. The cab incorporates the ROPS frame within the structure and has flat glazing all round. The 220X boasts an incredibly low 68dB(A) noise level inside the operator’s cab, down from 73dB(A) on the previous generation, says JCB.

The manufacturer adds that controls have been ergonomically designed to be operator-focused. To the right of the operator is an all-new command pod, bringing together all switches and controls into a single seat-mounted unit. A 7-inch tilt-adjustable monitor has been provided with intuitive menus and functionality. The monitor is accessed through an automotive-style rotary controller.

JCB says that by combining the benefits of the screen and the command pod, which has a button for every regularly used function, tests have shown that an operator can carry out regular operations faster. The foot pedals, foot rests and tracking levers have also been redesigned to provide increased comfort, while the machines can be supplied factory-prepared for GPS excavation guidance, tilt-rotator and autolube if required.

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