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ELB Equipment recently invited a select group of Kawasaki wheel loader users to the launch of the latest version of the famous Japanese company’s 90Z range in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Speaking at the launch of the Kawasaki 90Z6, ELB Equipment divisional director, Desmond van Heerden, said the new machine is the sixth evolution of the popular 24-tonne model, the 90Z6. But the new model is an all-round improved machine boasting more power, active engine controls for efficient operation and a host of clever features that make the machine at least 10% more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

ELB Equipment launches new Kawasaki

It is also smarter in its operation with digging control intelligence built-in to sense when the machine is digging to proportion rim pull to hydraulics and balance engine performance to optimise fuel usage. The efficient operation also increases operator speed and efficiency and plays a part in reducing wear and tear.

It also comes standard with Kawasaki’s own telemetry system that monitors everything from fuel consumption to temperatures, service and maintenance schedules as well as reminders with emails generated to fleet managers (and the distributor). This gives pre-warning and allows parts and manpower to be scheduled, thereby ensuring minimal disruption when work is done. It also allows managers to track and monitor productivity of operators as well as the cost efficiency of the machine in relation to the work being undertaken.

“Although it is a smart machine, the Kawasaki 90Z6 is not highly electronic nor overcomplicated. It maintains its simplicity to enable operators to use it even in remote sites throughout Africa without the need for specialist technicians,” says Van Heerden. .

“However, the smart appeal of telematics is that it can allow remote setting and interventions if required to further reduce maintenance on site. Physically, the 90Z6 is geared for production through the control of energy only to where it is required. Other improvements include easy serviceability, higher hinge pins for higher tipping and improved static tipping load to facilitate heavier loads,” he adds.

“Arguably, it is also a more stylish machine that looks like a hard-working beast and performs like a beast. This can already be attested to by our prelaunch test customers who have logged up to 2 200 hours already with nothing but praise for the new machine. This mirrors its operation in Turkey where the fleet has grown to well over 100 machines with 7 000+ hours and still performing as reliably as ever.”
Kawasaki Construction Machinery (KCM) director and general manager for quality management, Takahiro Hashimoto, says Kawasaki wheel loaders are renowned across the globe as the toughest and most durable machines in the harshest of conditions and the new 90Z6 will be no different.

“Our philosophy is to make the best possible machines that are as powerful, durable and reliable as possible for the jobs they are intended for. Each one produced is required to be completely fit-for-purpose and carefully manufactured to the exact requirement of the market that they are sold in. In South Africa that means we still make them tough, reliable and simpler so that they can be confidently used in any application – even in remote areas,” says Hashimoto.

KCM global marketing manager, Shinji Suzuki, adds that the new Kawasaki 90Z6 follows in a proud tradition of wheel loaders that have been produced since 1965. In South Africa the relationship with ELB Equipment spans 15 years and has led to the popularisation of the machines throughout the region.

During this time the companies have also collaborated to fine-tune and develop machines that are specially manufactured for tough African conditions. “Every year we send out a full delegation from KCM Japan, including engineers, commercial and business development experts to evaluate our equipment’s performance on local sites. This information is then gathered and taken back to Japan to improve and meet customers’ requirements. During this time, we also have strategic meetings with ELB Equipment to fine-tune our operations,” says Suzuki.

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