Volvo CE crowns its Operator Champion for India

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Volvo CE’s Operator Champion contest for India saw Bheemappa K S bag the title.

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Bhargav TS

Bheemappa K S from Karnataka was judged the winner of Volvo CE’s Operator Champion contest for India. The event is an endeavour by Volvo CE to choose the best equipment operator, and highlight the importance of skill development in the construction equipment industry. Volvo has been present in India for quite some time now. It has invested in a construction and earth moving equipment manufacturing facility at Bangalore in India, Aware of the need to develop as well as have skilled manpower to operate construction and earth moving equipment, Volvo CE, as part of its focus on efficient operation of equipment has been conducting the Operator Champion contest the world over. An effort to highlight the fact that the equipment it makes feature highly ergonomic cabs and advanced and intuitive operating technology, the company, in India, held the Operator Champion contest in India for the first time, recently. The inaugural event was held at Bangalore, and played out on the belief that any machine is only as effective as the person operating it. With stress on the creation of good operating environment and systems, and higher productivity, the contest saw Narendra Singh from Rajasthan receiving the runner-up prize. Announced Dimitrov Krishnan, Vice President and Head, Volvo CE India, that the Operator Champion contest received excellent response from the industry. “We are celebrating the tremendous value equipment operators bring to the construction and mining industry. It is necessary to celebrate their role in nation-building”.

Through the Operator Champion contest, Volvo CE India, connected with numerous equipment operators in India. The company connected with their networks in India with an aim to promote, and propagate a thought that the work that they are doing is important. Said Krishnan, “Our aim with the programme has been to make the operators realise the importance of the role they play, and the need to improve their competence as well as confidence.” “In the case of winners, we hope the prize money will change their life,” he mentioned. Pointing at the challenges faced by the country in terms of infrastructure development, Krishnan expressed that it is essential to focus on skill development in order to meet the ambitious targets set. “The men and women that sit at the controls of our equipment have the power to deliver a real change. This is something that we should celebrate as a nation,” he quipped. A three day event, the Operator champion contest got the winners from nine regional beats in the country down to Bangalore for the Indian final. Marking the achievement of a milestone with work starting 18 months ago, the event at Bangalore saw a host of VIPs attend. Present among the important people in the industry was Gaurav Kapoor, Head – Industry Partnership & CSR at SCC Engagements, which is part of the National Skill Development Corporation. His presence reflected on the rising focus on skill development in the country.

On the first day of the finals the attendees were recognised for their achievements, and taken on a tour of the Volvo CE plant at Peenya and Hosakote. On the second day, two rounds of the competition were held at the Hosakote Customer Centre. Each participant was tested for speed, dexterity, logical thinking and more. Operators were subjected to carrying out operations on both, the equipment and simulators. The equipment included and excavator and a wheel loader. On the final day, the operators took part in the final round of competition. The results were announced later in the day. Attended by 100 people, including Volvo CE senior leaders, government officials, construction contractors and Volvo dealer representatives, the event saw the winner, Bheemappa K S, receive a prize money of Rupees five-lakh. The runner up received a prize money of Rupees two-lakh.

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Volvo CE introduces P5320B ABG paver

Operator seating position provides both comfort and very good visibility of the hopper and delivery trucks plus material in the auger area and screed. Operator is able to select side and seat position for best visibility of material while able to safely observe the mat off the screed and the screed operators. Safety handrails and  a well padded seat are standard on the paver. Controls are ergonomically positioned control, central control panel, cross sliding it both sides of the paver deluxe seat with tilt

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Designed and made in India for the Indian road building industry, the paver promises exceptional paving quality, productivity, fuel efficiency, and ease of operation.

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Volvo CE has introduced the P5320B BG paver. Designed and made in India for the Indian road building industry, the paver promises exceptional paving quality, productivity, fuel efficiency and ease of operation. Powering the P5320B ABG is an environmentally-friendly engine that is claimed to produce a best-in-class 118 hp power. Quiet and fuel efficient, the paver incorporates a load sensing hydraulic system powered by a variable displacement axial piston pump. The hydraulic system powered by a variable displacement axial piston pump enhances performance efficiency of the machine. The hydraulics of the P5320B ABG are perfectly matched to all components – from hopper to screed, and ensure less maintenance. Claimed to have a longer lifespan and higher traction performance, the automatic hydraulic track tensioner of the paver maintains accurate track tension for smooth operation, while simultaneously reducing wear and minimising downtime. The material handling system of the paver is designed to incorporate hard and extra thick, wear-resistant components, resisting wear and tear from abrasive lay down material. This, together with the multi-level protection design incorporated into every bearing of the material handling system, ensure minimum repair costs over the long term.

Designed in India, made in India

With 20 per cent of India’s USD one-trillion investment trove (as part of the 12th Five-Year Plan) earmarked for infrastructure development, activity levels in road construction are claimed to have picked up. Some 6,300 km of roads are said to have been constructed last year. This would equate to around 18 km of roads laid out every day. The launch of P5320B ABG comes at a time when the government is planning to increase the amount of road building activity to 30 km per day. To develop the paver, Volvo CE put to use its 50-year experience in building road construction machinery. Expected to have an even greater appeal for customers in India, the P5320B ABG paver was designed at the company’s Bangalore facility. It is being manufactured at the Bangalore facility as well, and in response to the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Ideal for medium and large-scale paving projects where widths range from 2.5 m to 7 m, the P5320B ABG paver, according to Martin Weissburg, president of Volvo CE, will greatly appeal to customers in India, having been designed and built in India at the company’s Bangalore facility. “It is ideal for medium and large-scale paving projects where widths range from 2.5 m to 7 m,” mentioned Weissburg.

Productive and Safe Functionality

The P5320B ABG’s ability to pave widths up to 7 m is courtesy the Volvo Omni V screed. The up to 7 m paving width is achieved through a simple installation of optional extensions which attach to the unit’s standard 3 m track plates. The heavy-duty screed features powerful tamping bars and vibration systems that deliver a high pre-compaction density. An adjustable mechanical crown enables the screed plate to flex at plus or minus three-3 degrees. The screed’s electronically ignited gas heating system, designed with flame failure protection, quickly and efficiently heats the screed plate, while an LPG blower burner system provides uniform heat for a high quality consistent mat finish.

Operators would benefit from the safe and comfortable dual seating position in the paver’s cab, with ergonomically-positioned controls and sliding control panel which enables excellent visibility to the hopper, material deliver truck, auger area, material flow, screed and final mat. There is an ergonomically-designed control panel that includes a color TFT display that relays information on the paving cycle, as well as details on diagnostics and service data. An all-weather sunshade attached to the cab also reduces fatigue for increased safety and productivity, without sacrificing operator visibility. Handrails and all-weather grip walk areas permit further safe movement around all machine platforms for extra operational safety.

To improve material transfer and flow, the P5320B ABG’s auger allows operators to adjust its height. Its reversal feature improves material control and reduces hand labour, contributing to additional productivity. For industry-wide compatibility, the electrical system fitted on the P5320B ABG is designed to accommodate standard global levelling systems.

Delivering business value

Road construction contractors looking to minimise recurring variable costs throughout the life cycle of the paver are likely to find reassurance in Volvo CE’s end-to-end service network. With an extensive infrastructure of technicians, workshops and dealers spread across India, paver operators would have a Volvo CE expert in case they would like him to respond quickly in case of an operational emergency.