Volvo fume extraction system shortlisted for bauma Innovation Award
Volvo Construction Equipment's new extractor for bituminous fumes on ABG pavers
Volvo Construction Equipment’s new extractor for bituminous fumes will be shown at bauma, where it has been shortlisted for an Innovation Award.
The company says the design improves the operator environment on the company’s ABG pavers by substantially reducing fumes without significantly increasing fuel consumption, noise or affecting visibility into the auger channel.
The system, which is available as an option on Volvo CE’s C-Series ABG pavers, is said to introduce a new way of removing fumes from the operator’s working environment.
“By delivering 83% efficiency, the system exceeds the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) guidelines which state that 80% of fumes should be captured,” says Volvo CE.
“Volvo’s results have been independently certified by an environmental institute.”
The system works by using a fume intake, with a fan located directly behind it, on both the left and right-hand side of the auger channel. The fan captures and transports the fumes via two tubes to the top of the paver where they are then released. This means that the air in the operator’s working environment is significantly cleaner than was previously the case.
Due to the modular design of the Volvo system, it can be retrofitted to machines already in the field, and the difference in sound between the system being on or off is just 0.3 decibels.