October 2021 Vol. 76 No. 10

New Products

New Products

Groundbreaking Electro-Hydraulic System Wins Volvo Technology Award 

Breaking new grounds for hydraulic efficiency in excavators, the Common Pressure Rail Hybrid system, by Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE), is another innovation that improves performance while reducing CO2 emissions, consistent with the company’s net zero value ambitions by 2040. 

The innovation enables novel ways to reduce energy losses in hydraulics. In the new system architecture, all the machine’s work functions are connected to a hydraulic energy storage via a common pressure rail, comprised by two or more pressure lines. The energy storage enables energy-efficient recovery of kinetic energy and peak power supply. For cylinder-driven functions, so-called “smart actuators” are used to achieve energy-efficient conversion from hydraulic power to a variable force and speed. 

The system also allows energy recovery and performance increase of the machine’s rotating loads, such as the swing function, through the introduction of variable hydraulic machines. Thanks to greatly reduced energy losses and the power contribution from hydraulic accumulators, a smaller power source can be used, reducing the need for cooling. 

It has also earned the Volvo Technology Award 2021, which recognizes outstanding technical advances that contribute to the enhancement of the Volvo Group’s high-tech competitiveness and technological expertise. Winners of the award include a Volvo CE team from Sweden and South Korea that worked closely with Finnish company Norrhydro, leveraging an idea initially born out of academic collaborations. 

Today, the innovation has matured into a real-world solution, with ongoing customer trials in the field, and is expected to accelerate the introduction of e-mobility across Volvo CE’s larger excavator platform. 


Volvo Construction Equipment, (717) 532-9181, volvoce.com 




Volvo Construction Equipment reintroduced new, high-performance engine filters that cut drain intervals, and maintenance costs and planned downtime, by up to 50 percent, without compromising component performance or longevity. Reducing the frequency of oil changes also impacts employee safety, environmental and sustainability. 

Maximum engine oil change interval is now 1,000 hours (or 12 months) when using Volvo’s new Engine Oil VDS-4.5 15W-40 or VDS-4.5 10W-30 engine oils in conjunction with Volvo high-performance engine oil filters (on articulated hauler models A25G–A60H; wheel loader models L60H–L350H; and select excavator models, from EC140E–EC950F). 

The new lubricants are formulated to better suspend contaminates and maintain viscosity and are proven to resist sludge formation over the full 1,000-hour drain interval. Improved oxidation and higher thermal stability mean better protection, even under the most severe off-highway applications where engine temperatures can be extremely high. 


Reign RMC 


Failure to service valves that need attention can lead to increased pump run times, pump failures, pipe breaks, leaks, and a host of other problems. However, understaffed municipalities don’t need to be burdened with field checking air release valves or relying on the public to report visible leaks. 

Reign RMC’s solution, ReignAir, not only provides convenient, 24/7 monitoring from a PC, tablet or smartphone, but is a powerful tool to detect, diagnose and resolve issues. 

Users receive instant notification of any leaks or pressure anomalies via text, phone or email, and have access to live and historical pressure readings from the dashboard. 

The mapping function provides system-wide status at-a-glance and visual alerts highlighting any valve in need of attention. Its GPS location helps keep track of and gives insight into remote or hard-to-reach portions of a system previously inaccessible with other monitoring solutions. 

As a result, users can prioritize maintenance and get ahead of issues before they get out of hand. 

Other features include the availability of battery, A/C and solar options, and the ability to install ReignAir on almost any existing or new valves in minutes, with no need for special tools or training. 


Vanguard Systems 


Vanguard’s patented pathogen defense system helps keep wastewater workers healthy by eliminating up to 98 percent of the viruses and bacteria brought from the sewer to the surface. It also sanitizes the entire job site, disinfecting the tools sewer workers handle and surfaces they work on – tiger tails, vacuum tubes, manhole rollers and more – and cleaning your truck. 

Costing only a few dollars per day to operate, the Vanguard System pays back by reducing worker sick days and potentially lowering health and liability insurance premiums. 

Constructed from stainless steel, 6061 aircraft aluminum, and the highest-quality electrical and mechanical components, the Vanguard system is trouble free and built to last – proudly made in the USA. 

With a modular design, the retractable, 50-foot, wash-down gun can be installed on any make or model of combination, jet, or CCTV truck in two to three hours. Complete instructions and all nuts, bolts, washers, tubes and fittings are included in the installation kit. 


Vermeer’s VXT300 Vacuum Excavation Truck Designed for Powerful, Efficient Digging 

Vermeer upgrades its truck-mounted vacuum excavator line with the new VXT300 truck vac. One of the lightest truck vacs in its class, it’s designed with a low overall height of just 11.5 feet (3.51 m), to efficiently transport spoils from the job site to the dumpsite. 

VXT300 is also powerful. Outfitted with an 8-cubic-yard (6.1-m3) spoil tank, 6-inch (15.2-cm) dig tube and the ability to carry up to 800 gallons (3,028 L) of water, it allows crews to maximize productivity on the job. 

“It’s a midsized PTO vacuum excavator for utility contractors working on projects where several holes need to be dug and for drilling crews using large volumes of drilling fluid,” said Jake Jeffords, director of sales, marketing and global accounts at Vermeer MV Solutions. “It is also a great fit for municipalities and contractors working on sites that only allow for soft digging methods, such as solar farms and data centers.” 

VXT300 is built on a Kenworth T370 truck chassis with a 350-horsepower (261-kW) diesel engine and 6-speed, automatic 3,000 RDS Allison transmission. The truck’s PTO drive powers its Roots 624 vacuum blower with a maximum flow of 3,500 cfm (99 m3/min) and maximum suction of 18 inHg (.6 bar). 

With a water pump capable of producing 10 gallons per minute (37.9 L/min) at 3,000 psi (206.8 bar), VXT300 delivers productivity on large jobs, as well as when digging at deeper depths. In addition, the PTO drive system allows the vac to keep running while repositioning the truck between holes, rather than requiring full machine shutdown. 

The control system enables VXT300 to be operated by one person using a durable full-function belly-pack or handheld remote. The VXT300 also comes with a reverse flow option to assist with spoil offloading and clearing hose clogs. 


Vermeer, (641) 628-3141, vermeer.com 


Vermeer Launches its First All-Electric Reclaimer 

Vermeer expanded its horizontal direction drilling (HDD) fluid management equipment line and launched its model from the acquisition of electric-powered HDD and fluid systems technology from Normag in 2020. 

The all-electric R500 reclaimer is a key part of the Vermeer strategy to meet growing demand for electric-powered job-site solutions. 

It’s available as skid or trailer. The skid is prepared for forklift use, and the trailer comes equipped with a height-adjustable surge brake to adapt to a variety of towing vehicles 

R500 has a rated processing capacity of 500 L/min to 750 L/min and features a double-deck linear shaker to deliver stable performance under variable processing volume. A high-capacity (11-kW) pump is used for optimum circulation. 

The electric HDD technology offers a unique integrated electric power system that optimizes efficiency across the generator set, drill rig and fluid management systems during operation. When connected to the electric grid, the system can operate as a fuel-free system. 

All systems have also been designed to match standard international shipping container dimensions to reduce the machine footprint, job-site setup time, complexity and cost. 

To prepare for building the R500, the Vermeer team modified 223 part-prints and 425 3D computer-aided design (CAD) files, all from the Vermeer EMEA headquarters in Goes, Netherlands. 

R500 launched with two pilot Vermeer dealerships in Benelux and France, starting in August 2021, and then was available throughout the EEA region in September.  


Vermeer, (641) 628-3141, vermeer.com 

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