A Cold Milling Effort to Optimize Construction in Restricted Spots

Many different traits might have tried to define human beings over the years, but truth be told, none have done a better job of it than our inclination to grow on a consistent basis. We say this because the stated inclination has already fetched the world some huge milestones, with technology emerging as quite a major member of the group. The reason why we hold technology in such a high regard is, by and large, predicated upon its skill-set, which guided us towards a reality that nobody could have ever imagined otherwise. Nevertheless, if we look beyond the surface for one hot second, it will become abundantly clear how the whole runner was also very much inspired from the way we applied those skills across a real world environment. The latter component, in fact, did a lot to give the creation a spectrum-wide presence, and as a result, initiate a full-blown tech revolution. Of course, this revolution eventually went on to scale up the human experience through some outright unique avenues, but even after achieving a feat so notable, technology will somehow continue to bring forth the right goods. The same has turned more and more evident in recent times, and assuming one new discovery ends up with the desired impact, it will only put that trend on a higher pedestal moving forward.

Wirtgen Group has officially launched an all-new W 150 F(i) Cold Milling Machine, which is conceived to work in restricted construction spaces. According to certain reports, the stated milling machine features a 9-litre John Deere engine, offering a maximum rated output of 315 kW. Given the means to embrace the special needs of cold milling application, the machine further provides you with high torque and low noise emissions under various load conditions. Talk about the product on a deeper note, it is handed a combination of Mill Assist, Wirtgen Performance Tracker (WPT) and LEVEL PRO ACTIVE to ensure as efficient of an operation as possible. But what makes these systems such an important factor in the entire development? Well, let’s begin from Mill Assist. This one can seamlessly select the operating strategy, while simultaneously retaining the balance between milling performance and operating costs. By taking these things into account, the technology is able to bolster the milling performance and reduce the fuel and water consumption to a significant degree. Interestingly enough, Wirtgen made the same possible through a wide range of engine speeds. You see, while a lower speed range will facilitate a cut back when it comes to fuel consumption, a relatively higher speed range will help us achieve an optimum milling pattern, and that also goes for high area performance rates. Complimenting the same is an option to choose between three different performance strategies, including ‘ECO’, ‘performance-optimized’ and ‘milling pattern quality.’ Having this facility to pick the most suitable strategy lets the user pre-define the required milling pattern quality incrementally from coarse to very fine at the press of a button.

As for LEVEL PRO ACTIVE leveling system, Wirtgen developed it specifically for cold milling machines. It features a   basic configuration for the integration of 3D and laser leveling systems and a revised Multiplex system with three-fold scanning. To display the relevant sensors and measurement values, we have a dedicated control panel. Another detail we cannot go without mentioning would be the fact that all crucial machine functions are interconnected so to ensure complete automation, if and when required.

Anyway, moving on from the machine’s supporting technologies; we now need to dig into its operator’s platform, which is characterized by control elements with haptics. This very platform, bearing laterally-adjustable capabilities, can even present views along the zero-clearance side.  Further across the visibility aspect, there is expected to be a monitor, alongside two to six cameras to instigate views into areas that are otherwise hard to see from the operator’s platform. Rounding off the highlights is a wear-resistant quick-change HT22 toolholder system with the HT22 PLUS, a system which works alongside the new Generation X² round-shank picks to reduce tool toolholder wear. Promoting long pick replacement intervals, the stated functionality also provides the ability to change picks on-the construction site itself.

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