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Following the pre-production announcement at ConExpo, Las Vegas in March 2011, Kobelco Cranes Europe has now announced that the new European compliant G-Series range of medium-sized crawler cranes with CE complaint engines is now available within Europe.

New eco-friendly Kobelco G-Series for Europe

The latest models from Kobelco will be the star attraction on the Kobelco stand at Intermat 2012 where the public will get the first opportunity to look over the 250 t CKE2500G with joy-sticks and fully loaded with various options. There will also be the 80 t CKE800G complete with joy-sticks and tractor-type crawlers with flat shoes. This model will also show numerous options.

As the world progresses, and engineering challenges become more demanding, so manufacturers have to adapt to changing customer requirements. This can be heavier lifts, increase load at out reach, restricted ground conditions and accessibility. The emerging wind-farm market is a perfect example of such demands where heavy modules have to lifted to height in remote locations or out at sea.

These new models from Kobelco is the company’s response to these changing demands.

Apart from meeting mandatory emission regulations, the new series promise to deliver more power and higher performance while maintaining environmental qualities.

As if to emphasise Kobelco’s concern for the environment, when used in almost any situation, the G-Series is equipped with 3 new functions for conserving energy called G-mode, which comprises AIS (Auto-Idle-Stop), G-Winch and G-Engine.

G-mode is a Kobelco initiative and enhances fuel saving and increased power because of the technology that it involves. This is on top of the efficiency that can derive from the new engine. However, the G-mode system can be fitted to engines that are not EU compliant for use in some parts of the world where the clean fuel is not available. Owners in these countries can still benefit from the saving G-mode delivers.

These new models from Kobelco is the company's response to these changing demands. Designed for operating efficiency

With the G-mode functions, Kobelco claim a fuel reduction of as much as 25%. Given the rising cost of fuel, this is a significant saving and it also means that there is a 25% reduction in emissions. While Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emission are lower by 25%, NOx emission are reduced by up to 50%.

These significant savings are achieved with such features as AIS, which, when selected, will automatically stop the engine after idling for approximately 10 seconds.

Not only does this function contribute to lower fuel consumption, it also lowers the amount of wear and deterioration of engine and hydraulic components.

Kobelco say that they are the first company in the industry to introduce this function to construction cranes.

Another feature is called G-Winch, which provides higher line speed without raising engine speed. Using the high-speed mode allows the hook to be raised or lowered at maximum line speed without raising engine speed when lifting the hook without a load or with a light load.

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