With its excavator based configuration, the new Volvo PL3005D pipelayer provides 360-degree swing capability with full lifting performance and functionality, says the manufacturer, at all radius positions. Compared with conventional side-boom crawlers, says Volvo, the PL3005D allows efficient load positioning anywhere around the machine and features a mechanical, upper-structure lock for use when working on severe grades.
The machine uses a high-pull planetary winch and is fitted with an onboard load management system (LMS) that employs wireless communication to keep the operator informed of lifting parameters, based on the angle of the boom, the position of the upper frame relative to the slope, and the incline on which the machine is operating.
Load charts are updated constantly for 360-degree rotation and for infinite machine positions up to a 35-degree grade slope. Based on these inputs, the LMS determines the unique load chart necessary and displays the safe working load via a graphic display on a monitor in the cab. Load-indicating light bars, located on both sides at the end of the boom, provide visible warning to the operators of other machines on the jobsite and ground personnel.
The PL3005D is designed with high ground clearance for working in rough terrain, and its single-grouser 23.6-inch track shoes can be replaced with 29.5-inch versions or with triple-grouser 31.5-inch shoes for enhanced footing. Side- and rear-mounted video cameras improve jobsite visibility.
The PL3005D also is equipped with Volvo’s CareTracktelematics system, which uses a GPRS mobile network or satellite technology to provide a range of machine data, such as location, fuel consumption and service reminders. That information is then made available securely and instantaneously to any remote online connection.