Interview

Head Corporate Communications and Corporate Relations | JCB India Limited

Jasmeet Singh

JCB116, the latest addition in JCB compaction range comes with a revolutionary Telematics Technology- JCB Livelink. Furthermore, for the first time in the industry, JCB introduced a Compaction Monitoring System which helps in achieving consistent & uniform compaction.

Q. Brief on JCB India’s Road Construction Solutions?

JCB India offers three world class products in the road compaction equipment segment - the VMT330 (a 3T Class Mini Tandem Roller), the VMT 860eco (a 9T Class Tandem Roller) and the JCB116 (a 11T Class Soil Compactor), the latest introduction in the Compaction range.

The JCB116 Soil Compactor is the latest world-class machine that comes equipped with a state-of-the-art JCB Diesel Max engine, which provides fuel savings in the range of 5-10%. Equipped with a variable fan as a standard issue, the engine delivers a massive 430Nm of torque at low engine speeds for optimum responsiveness. It provides unmatched fuel consumption in its class of machines.

To make compaction operation more efficient, Compaction Monitoring System (CMS) has been introduced in the JCB116 - an industry first feature from JCB India. Integrated with JCB’s Livelink technology, CMS allows operators to monitor compaction in real-time, thus enhancing machine and operator efficiency. The first ever CMS in India with telematics connectivity, it enables consistent and uniform compaction through precise measurement and with accuracy. Suitable for both asphalt and soil surfaces, it allows operation in two modes – auto and manual, displaying both frequency and amplitude of vibrations.

JCB also offers the VMT330 Mini Tandem Roller and the VMT860eco Tandem Roller in its compactor range. The VMT330 Mini Tandem Roller is best suited for applications such as highway road shoulders, retaining the walls of flyovers, for the compaction of road shoulders, footpaths, trenches, service roads, industrial and residential columns and rural roads.

The VMT860eco Tandem Roller is equipped with the latest hydraulics from Germany. The machine offers greater visibility for ease of operation and is equipped with an automatic water sprinkler system which minimises the effort. Both these machines have an auto dust removal system and provide unmatched operator comfort which ultimately increases efficiency and maximises productivity.

All JCB compactors offer lifetime lubricated center joints and also offer grease-free bearings. This saves the costs of lubrication and also reduces the possibility of failures due to any negligence in greasing the joints. In our range of world class Compactors, vibrations and heat levels are kept lowest to provide a comfortable work environment. Moreover, operator friendly and ergonomically located controls with joystick help in easy machine operation.

The machine cabins are designed keeping the operator comfort in focus. Our range of Compactors features best-in-class advancements which not only enhances the work experience, but significantly reduces fatigue. In our range of world class Compactors, vibrations and heat levels are kept lowest to provide a comfortable work environment.

Q. Advanced technologies in the products?

Roads and Highways continues to be a strong growth driver for the Construction Equipment Industry and many big ticket projects have been announced and implemented by the Government in this sector. However, ensuring timely completion of these projects not only demands the best quality output, but also creates a need for specialised, intelligent and technologically advanced construction equipment.

To fully leverage the opportunity in the Road Construction sector, JCB introduced a wide range of innovative and intelligent machines which exhibit a blend of technology and digital innovation to meet the demand for world class machines to build India’s Next Gen Infrastructure.

The latest Compactor from JCB, the 11T Soil Compactor – the JCB116 comes with a revolutionary telematics technology –JCB Livelink. This state-of-the-art technology enables users to get SMS alerts on their mobile phones or smart devices regarding service alerts, operations and security of their machines. The information is available in real time regarding the health of the machine including engines and gives vital information to the customer in terms of number of hours the machine has been operational, service intervals, fuel levels, malfunctions if any, etc. It thus enables better site management and equipment utilisation.

In addition to this, JCB India, for the first time in the industry, introduced a Compaction Monitoring System integrated with Livelink in JCB116. It provides Relative Compaction value which helps in achieving consistent and uniform compaction throughout the patch. JCB Compaction Monitoring System digital display shows High/ low frequency and amplitude values for compaction control. This versatile system is suitable for both Asphalt and Soil Surface.

JCB116 is built with highly reliable and latest hydraulics components from Germany. Full access is provided for all hydraulic and engine components for easy serviceability.

Q. About Intelligent Compaction?

Intelligent Compaction technology is a concept which is being well accepted and is generating interest among customers. JCB India is the first manufacturer in the industry to offer an in-built Compaction Meter which ensures uniform compaction as the operator exactly knows where to stop and the number of passes that are required to achieve the desired density. This leads to a uniform compaction density and savings in Fuel as well as time. It helps in reducing the number of passes and also avoids over compaction.

In order to make compaction operation more efficient, Compaction Monitoring System (CMS) has been introduced in JCB116 by JCB India. The first ever CMS in India with telematics connectivity, it enables consistent and uniform compaction through precise measurement and with accuracy. Suitable for both asphalt and soil surfaces, it allows operation in two modes – auto and manual, displaying both frequency and amplitude of vibrations.

Q. Complete range of solutions provided by JCB?

JCB’s machines have been contributing to the development of India’s infrastructure for close to four decades. To leverage the growing opportunities in the Roads and Highways sector, JCB introduced a wide range of Made-in-India Road Construction Solutions in early 2017 which aims at contributing and expediting the building of Roads and Highways in both, rural and urban India.

Through its Premier Line Road Construction Solutions, JCB now provides a full solution of products, training, monitoring, parts, and service, backed by the largest distribution network in India.

Moreover, to ensure that customers derive the maximum from our machines, JCB recently introduced “Premier Line Solutions” which are specifically designed to give maximum value to customers through a comprehensive range of customised support packages. These packages offer real time and proactive product support solutions. Products included under the JCB Premier Line Solutions are the JCB 220LC Xtra, the JCB 305LC, the JCB 380, the 455ZX Wheeled Loader and the JCB116 Soil Compactor.

In December 2017, during Excon, JCB showcased the latest range of product solutions which are not only based on the evolving customer trends, but come integrated with latest technologies i.e. Internet of Things and Big Data.

It was in Excon that JCB introduced the JCB 116 Soil Compactor with a Compaction Monitoring System (CMS) - first in the industry. This unique system not only improves the quality of compaction, but also provides real time alerts on over-compaction. The on-board Digital display for real time monitoring ensures accuracy in compaction, helps to reduce number of passes and saves fuel and time.

Moreover, JCB introduced the Loader Productivity Management System (LPMS) in the JCB455ZX Wheeled Loader which helps in real time monitoring of individual weight of loaded bucket, Total Accumulated Weight, Tare weight, and Number of loaded buckets. Its integration with JCB LiveLink is another Industry First that is used to transmit the monitored value to server for analytics and report generation.

Q. JCB India’s vision by 2020?

Given the investments earmarked by the Government for the Roads and Highways sector, we foresee a considerable growth potential in the Road Compaction segment. There is a requirement for building a world class road network in India, both in the urban and rural parts of the country which presents a significant opportunity for the OEM’s as building roads will require world class road compaction machinery.

At JCB, we have strengthened our range by introducing a wide range of innovative and intelligent such as a 11T Soil Compactor, 5T Wheeled Loader, 38T Tracked Excavator, and a Backhoe Loader which is equipped with all the latest features and technology that are essential for building long lasting roads. With our Road Construction Solutions, we are fully prepared to leverage this opportunity.