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New 6040 Excavator delivered to Queensland mine

6040 excavator safety features
A new 6040 excavator has a range of improved safety features

A new Caterpillar 6040 excavator has been recently commissioned and delivered to a Central Queensland mine by the Hastings Deering and Hexex team. The new excavator is a step change in safety designed in accordance with the principles of MDG 41 and 15 as a standard build.

This machine features twin engines and a cab loaded with lots of control hardware. Caterpillar 6040 cabCaterpillar says that some variants of the Caterpillar 6040 excavator include:

MACHINE ACCESS

  • All stairways have 45° angle for safe and comfortable access and movement about the machine.
  • Slide down emergency egress ladder directly adjacent to the operator’s cab.
  • Hydraulically operated boarding ladder with emergency lowering via nitrogen accumulator ensures that ladder remains operational even when engines shut off.
  • Machine swing and propel capability is switched-off when the ladder is in the down position.

SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE IMPROVED FOR 6040 EXCAVATOR

  • Improved routing and clamping of hydraulic hoses.
  • Hydraulic hoses and electrical wiring are separated from each other for fire prevention.
  • All service areas are accessible via anti-slip walkways, and trip hazards are eliminated.
  • All hot surfaces are covered to prevent burns.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

  • Cabinet with battery isolation switch, mounted on top deck directly above the battery box, allows quick and easy shut-off of voltage on the entire shovel.
  • The cabinet contains a starter isolator which allows onboard voltage but prevents starting of engines.

EMERGENCY SHUT-OFFS

  • An easily accessible, standard shut-off switch located in the cab shuts down the electrical system in case of emergencies.
  • Additional shut-off switches are located on the machine, in the machine house or accessible from the ground with pull ropes.

PRECISE BUCKET CONTROL – CAT 6040 EXCAVATOR

• Minimizing the potential for material spill onto the attachment or cab, the TriPower automatic roll-back limiter prevents the bucket from being curled back too far.

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