Volvo’s EC950EL Saves 20% Fuel For Sagar Cements

In just one year, the EC950EL excavator has already helped lower fuel consumption for Sagar Cements Limited, a cement producer based in Andhra Pradesh, India. The EC950EL from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo) is now a centerpiece of the company’s limestone mining operations.

“With the EC950EL, we lowered the fuel consumption by 20% compared to similar class excavators from other brands — the EC950EL is delivering cost savings for us with every ton,” said K. V. Ramana, Senior Vice President of Sagar Cements Limited. “The Volvo excavator’s excellent performance and wide range of features have also helped us keep up with production deadlines.”

Purchased in August 2017, Sagar Cements has since deployed the excavator to work at their limestone quarry at Mattampally in Telangana. The 95-ton class excavator loads blasted limestone into 60-ton dump trucks for transportation to a nearby crusher. The EC950EL plays a vital role in keeping cement production on schedule and moving between 6,000 to 8,000 tons of limestone for 10 to 12 hours per day. The excavator is also responsible for digging sumps to channel excess water away from the job site to prevent water damage to mines, while also supplying water to the plant and nearby residential community.

“When we heard about the new EC950EL excavators last year, we jumped on the opportunity to be the first in India, and in the cement industry, to try them out,” Ramana said. “The EC950EL’s excellent fuel-efficiency, top-notch performance and Volvo’s strong brand were the main reasons why we chose this machine.”

The EC950EL features a wide track gauge, long track length, a retractable undercarriage and optimized counterweight. The excavator’s heavy duty structures and reinforced 6 m3 bucket result in a well-balanced, solid machine. All machine interfaces — including joysticks, keypad and LCD monitor — are ergonomically positioned and designed for optimum control and efficiency. For increased versatility, the attachment management system enables the operator to use pre-set hydraulic flow and pressure through the in-cab monitor.