Liebherr has launched the R 9600 hydraulic excavator off the back of the iconic R 996B and R 9800 machines, with safety an area that has received updates on the latest model.
Operating in iron ore and coal sites in Australia, the R 9600 has received a stamp of approval from BHP and Thiess after a successful validation phase.
The 600-tonne excavator features ambient and low-level LED lights to make night operations safer and easier.
With a brand-new cabin that puts operators’ safety at the centre, Liebherr has designed the cab to reduce vibrations and limits noise to 69 decibels.
The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) also places four cameras on the fatigue-resistant and rotating uppercarriage to provide operators with a 270-degree visibility around the excavator.
Liebherr stated that the R 9600 was designed with respect to global safety standards for operators and maintenance personnel.
This is evidenced by a hydraulically controlled ergonomic 45-degree stairway providing maintenance personnel with easy access to the uppercarriage.
It also comes with enlarged walkways with handrails and non-slip perforated steps to allow for safe and convenient inspections.
Liebherr stated that all major parts had been designed and positioned to allow easy access and quicker maintenance.
The R 9600 is powered by two QSK50 Cummins engines with advanced combustion technologies such as Liebherr Power Efficiency solutions.
The management systems for the engine and hydraulic system controls helps to reduce fuel consumption significantly, however to no compromise to machine productivity.
Eight units will be operating in Australia by the end of the year after going through a trial in Colmar, France, early last year.
The R 9600 is built to last over 80,000 machine operational hours.