70Z7 wheel loader's intelligence works behind the scenes
Kawasaki’s model 70Z7, like all of the most recently introduced Z7 series wheel loaders, has retained its IntelliTech and QuickCycle functions, as well as its FlexShift feature. Unlike larger-sized models in the series, the 70Z7’s intelligence works behind the scenes, so that many of its operations perform without human intervention. Its high-intensity LCD monitor, straightforward dash arrangement, and intuitive systems make it ideal for rental purposes as well as operations where operator skills run the spectrum.
The 70Z7 is designed for versatility, operator comfort, low maintenance and ease of operation. Kawasaki says new T4i emissions technology means the 70Z7 is a more fuel-efficient and savvy loader, and that the 70Z7 is so smart it has reduced fuel usage considerably over the previous generations in this size class.
When it comes to power, the 70Z7 sports a 173 hp (gross) Cummins engine, a ZF five-speed transmission, work mode selector, 50-degree bucket tilt-back angle for carrying loads, and a full-turn tipping load of 22,800 pounds. A Quick Power switch kicks in enough extra power to muscle through momentary tough spots, or in very challenging environments the Power Mode can be selected. Units are also available with a high-lift arm configuration or third spool hydraulics.
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Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.