JCB unveils mighty 457 Wastemaster wheeled loader

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JCB has launched a brand new model for waste and recycling – the JCB 457 Wastemaster wheeled loader complete with the all new 'JCB CommandPlus' cab.

"The powerful JCB 457WM is the first machine to show off the completely new cab structure, engine cover and rear counterweight design, all of which contribute to improved visibility, lower noise levels, increased internal space and an enhanced working environment for the operator," says Chris Cox, general manager, waste, recycling & demolition industries, JCB.

"The 457 Wastemaster can be tailored precisely to the needs of waste and recycling with the addition of high visibility red and white chevrons, additional cab air filtration, rear object detection system, on-board automatic fire suppression system and puncture proof tyres to eliminate machine downtime."

In addition, the 457WM is reported to be the first large JCB wheeled loader to meet Tier 4 Final emissions standards, with the adoption of a powerful MTU diesel engine that, according to JCB, is perfectly matched to the machine's operating duties.

The engine is said to contribute to a fuel saving of around 16% compared to the previous model.

"As with other JCB machines, the engine in the 457WM meets Tier 4 Final without the need for a costly diesel particulate filter (DPF), relying on an efficient combustion process, with a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system and an exhaust fluid additive to meet the regulations," adds Cox.

New JCB CommandPlus cab

The 457WM is the first machine from JCB to use the company's next generation JCB CommandPlus cab.

"With operators at waste and recycling sites regularly spending all day in their machine, huge focus has been put on providing the best in cab comfort," states Fred Bell, JCB's business manager, waste, recycling & demolition. "The totally new ROPS structure has A pillars that have been moved out to the same width as the rear of the cab, providing a larger interior with a panoramic front windscreen. The machine features JCB's command driving position, with revised pedals, a new adjustable steering column and seat-mounted hydraulic controls."

All switches and auxiliary controls have been repositioned on the right hand A pillar, providing the operator with a simplified interior and easy access to all machine controls. The 457WM has two full colour LCD screens, one in the central console and a second at the top of the right hand A pillar. This second screen incorporates access to the loader's operating menus and acts as a monitor for the machine's rear view camera.

The JCB CommandPlus cab delivers increased internal space as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system has been repositioned outside the main cab structure. This provides additional storage for the operator, both behind the seat and in pockets in the front and side consoles. The new cab, in combination with the MTU engine, a hydraulically-driven on-demand cooling fan and the repositioned air conditioning system, contributes to a huge reduction in internal noise levels, from 71dB(A) to a class-leading 67dB(A).

Bell again: "Operators also benefit from LED lighting all round and the option of electrically adjustable and heated mirrors, for maximum visibility in all operating conditions. The rear view mirrors are now mounted in front of the repositioned A pillars, making it easier for the operator to see all around the machine. The cab door is hinged at the front, allowing easier access and exit from the machine for the operator from the steps. This also makes it easier for technicians to access the engine for regular maintenance and service work."

More power, lower emissions

The JCB 457 Wastemaster is powered by a 7.7-litre MTU Tier 4 Final engine, delivering 193kW (258hp), up from 186kW (250hp) on the previous machine, despite the smaller engine capacity. More importantly, JCB says the engine delivers this increased output at lower rated engine revs, cutting fuel consumption, noise and emissions. JCB has also fine-tuned the match between engine, torque converter and transmission, to perfectly match the engine with both the standard four-speed and optional five-speed transmissions. This has resulted in fuel efficiency gains of up to 16%. As with other JCB machines, the 457WM achieves Tier 4 Final emissions standards without the requirement for a costly and complex DPF. This reduces cost and service time for customers, increasing uptime and profitability.

The most visible change to the 457WM, aside from the new cab, is the adoption of a sloping one-piece engine canopy. This engine cover can be electrically raised away from the cab to provide improved access to the engine and drivetrain for regular maintenance. The rear section can also be hinged away from the machine to provide access to the cooling pack, which now features a swing-out hydraulically-driven, on-demand cooling fan situated at the rear of the machine.

The new JCB wheeled loader design, with improved operator environment, easy access to regular service points and class-leading levels of comfort and control, will be adopted by smaller models in the line as they move to Tier 4 Final emissions standards over the coming months.

LiveLink telematic system

The Tier 4 JCB 457 Wastemaster will come as standard with JCB's LiveLink telematic system. This provides fleet managers and owners with remote access to real-time fuel consumption and machine working data, including operating hours and fault codes.

LiveLink also allows customers to set working hour curfews, outside of which the machine will not function, along with geo-fencing. This permits the owner to set a geographical area in which the machine can work. If the loader is taken out of this area it will not start, preventing theft from site.

JCB says the increased functionality includes:

* Fuel economy monitoring

* Operating mode data

* Planned maintenance and breakdown prevention

* Real-time location reporting

"LiveLink provides fleet managers with up to the minute fuel use data, including actual fuel consumption and fuel tank level," explains Bell before adding: "The system also provides the customer with operating mode and idle time data, allowing the manager to see how the equipment is being used on site and to show drivers ways in which the equipment could be operated more efficiently."

JCB points out that excessive idling on site can also point to poor utilisation of machinery, in which case perhaps a smaller excavator could be used or the machine could operate with more trucks, allowing managers to change equipment between sites to achieve increased utilisation.

Enhanced preventative maintenance

Machine cautions, such as water in the fuel tank, can be sent to both the customer and to the local JCB dealer, where they can be monitored and used to signal the need for maintenance or a change of operation on site.

"This provides the customer with greater fleet control but also ensures that the dealer delivers a proactive service to the customer, cutting downtime and preventing damage to the machine," continues JCB's business manager.

Fleet managers can also work with dealers to plan regular maintenance and servicing at a time to suit their operation, ensuring that all necessary filters and fluids are available and that planned downtime does not adversely impact the work being carried out on site. Customers can access the information concerning their machines at any time through a web portal, where they can organise regular daily or weekly reports that can be integrated into many common fleet management software packages.

Location tracking and geofencing

LiveLink's constantly updated location system can alert the customer to unauthorised movement of the machine, preventing theft and alerting rental companies to continued use of equipment that has been off-hired.

"Having JCB LiveLink on a machine can also lead to reduced insurance premiums. Indeed LiveLink has helped recover over £3 million of stolen JCB equipment," states David Midgley, group telematics manager at JCB, before adding: "Apps are being developed for smartphones and tablets which are due to be released later this year."

JCB reports there are more than 70,000 machines currently registered and using LiveLink.

Looking ahead to JCB's future in the waste and recycling sector, Tim Burnhope, chief innovation and growth officer at JCB, says: "Step changes are expected over the next three decades. It will produce massive opportunities and JCB aims to be one step ahead and to lead by innovation."

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