MERLO AWARDED A GOLD MEDAL FOR INNOVATIONS AT AGRITECHNICA 2013

30 October 2013

The Merlo Telescopic Handler 40.7 Hybrid has been awarded a gold medal by the experts from the independent Agritechnica Innovations Commission, and was announced by the German Agricultural Society (DLG).
The Merlo Hybrid was chosen among 400 innovations that were submitted thanks to its practical application, consumption & pollution reduction.
In brief because it’s a product that better interprets the evolution of modern agriculture. This Gold medal is the second award that Agritechnica has given to a Merlo Product following the Silver medal of the Multifarmer 30.6 in 2001 and comes at the dawn of the company’s 50th anniversary since it was founded in 1964.
Merlo Hybrid telehandler Merlo will show his latest hybrid telehandler 40.7 version at his stand on which is mounted the innovative and patented series parallel hybrid architecture.
Merlo objective is to make available a telehandler with a Diesel electro- hydraulic hybrid system.
The modular hybrid system will be characterized by high degree of versatility and can be used both indoors and outdoors:

 

  • Indoors: Greenhouses, cattle sheds and food processing;
  • Outdoors: any application since it can work in both a full electric and a hybrid mode.


The relevant advantages can be summarized as follows:

  • Ensuring the performance level of conventional Merlo machines
  • Reducing fuel consumption
  • Reducing noise emissions
  • Reducing pollution

The Hybrid is equipped with a diesel engine with less than 56 kW instead of 100kW or more. It does not require any installation of a urea system, allowing the machine to work in a full electric mode for indoor operations with an astonishing average autonomy of operation as follows:


4 hours in Eco mode
2 hours in full electric

It offer a modular solution which can be integrated in the current layout of Merlo machines and extend this application to the whole future range of Merlo telehandlers.
The performance level of conventional Merlo machines is guaranteed in terms of acceleration, pulling force, maximum speed, load handling time and load capacity. Fuel consumption in an average work cycle is reduced by at least 30% compared to a conventional Merlo machine.
Noise emissions are signifi cantly lower in the hybrid mode, because the Diesel engine runs at low rpm. Furthermore, noise emissions in the full electric mode are close to zero, as they are comparable to background noise in the work environment. Pollution is reduced because a smaller engine is used at a steady rpm for work stages whose specific fuel consumption is low. Furthermore, the batteries can be recharged from either the mains or local solar panel energy network installed by the end user, allowing the vehicle to work always in a full electric mode with no exhaust emissions.

Repeated tests, performed both on test benches and on a test track, have proved that operation in the full electric mode guarantees the traction and lifting performance required, and it allows the vehicle to be used indoor with an autonomy of a few hours depending on the type of activity to be carried out.
Considering the fuel saving that the new Merlo hybrid system ensures Vs the correspondent “traditional” version with only thermic engine, the payback for the owner is of about two years (depending of course on the number of hours and of the kind of activity).

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<h1>Merlo</h1> is a prominent, dynamic, state-of-the-art industrial company, with exclusively private capital for the production of high technology machines. It is an established entrepreneurial Group which can claim a front row position on all the world markets and is the international point of <h2>Telehandlers</h2> <strong>Merlo Group</strong> is composed of companies created to complete an ambitious project: create products designed and constructed entirely in Italy. A challenge achieved. Because Merlo is not an "assembler" but an extremely vertical industrial company that designs, develops and produces in house <em>Telescopic tractor</em>. This makes it possible to always find the best solution for the requirements of the <h6>Self-Loading concrete mixers</h6> , achieving products designed and created entirely in Italy. Merlo's success in the world stems from its capacity to know <strong>Rotating telehandler</strong> to anticipate the needs of the markets and every machine produced proves the company's commitment to offering their <h3>Telehandler </h3> the best technology available today, with the guarantee of fifty years of experience in research and innovation. It is precisely thanks to the research, the innovation and the continuous development of <h4>Telehandler Agriculture</h4> &nbsp;that the Merlo Company wants to further strengthen its leadership in advanced technologies and quality. The <u>Merlo Group</u>, founded in 1964, has over 1,200 employees and the covered area of the Cuneo plants is around 220,000 square metres. Over 90% of production is exported all over the world through a commercial network divided into 7 subsidiaries and over 600 dealers. The Merlo Group is the market leader in <h3>telehandlers</h3> &nbsp;with <strong>Machines for agriculture</strong> and in telehandlers with hydrostatic transmission.