The forest and wood industry puts high demands on wood chippers; they should be effective, have a maximal uptime and fill a number of functions. But what is a machine without its engine? It takes an innovative engine to outfit an innovative wood chipper. The German company Albach meets its match in Volvo Penta for its new Diamant 2000 chipper.
Albach – innovative technology for bioenergy
The three German entrepreneurs Richard Alzinger, Franz Bachmaier and Michael Bachmaier launched Albach Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG in 2006. The company is specialised in wood chipper machinery and custom engineering of complex machinery. Richard Alzinger possesses many years of experience within agricultural engineering and Franz and Michael Bachmaier are certified master craftsmen of agricultural machines. Together they form a perfect team for design, engineering and manufacturing. The location in German Vohburg provides the company with an ideal position to operate globally. The company is responsive to their clients’ practical needs and subsequently decided to build the Silvator 2000 prototype, which became the world’s first stand-alone chipper vehicle.
A self-propelled wood chipper that operates in the forest and on the road
When Albach first got started in 2006, wood chippers came in two basic forms; self-propelled models which could drive on the highway, or trailers pulled by tractors which could maneuver easily in the woods. There was no model that could do both. But the German manufacturer changed the face of forestry by building a self-propelled wood chipper that could reach speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour on the autobahn, but also make its way through the forest. The revolutionary machine won over the industry and became the market leader shortly after.
“We looked at a variety of engine brands, but Volvo Penta impressed us with how light and compact its units are, while at the same time exhibiting remarkable power density and fuel efficiency,” says Albert Gaul, who works in Construction and Engineering at Albach.
Diamant 2000 – high output and low energy consumption
Albach began working with Volvo Penta in 2013, and after two years they released a new version of the market-leading machine; an innovative and efficient wood chipper called the Diamant 2000. Albach’s newest model is an extremely powerful machine with an output of 380 m3 per hour. The redesigned chipping rotor increases output by 15 percent while decreases overall energy consumption and reduces dust. The Diamant 2000 is highly fuel efficient, compared to other self-propelled wood chippers in its class, cutting fuel usage by as much as 20 percent. Eco-drive mode can also be used to save even more fuel via a slower throttle response. After 1,000 hours, when Albach tested its first Volvo Penta engine with no problems, the OEM had found its engine, and the choice was made to equip all Albach wood chippers with Volvo Penta engines.
“Albach did everything it could with this model to minimise fuel consumption and maximise productivity,” says Miron Thoms, Head of Industrial Engines for Volvo Penta Central Europe. “We’re proud to help contribute to such an efficient and innovative machine.”
16-litre engines that match stage IV/Tier 4 Final requirements
Volvo Penta equips the Diamant 2000 with 16-litre engines with a choice of two power ratings; 450 kW and 515 kW. One important factor why Albach chose to go with Volvo Penta was when emissions regulations become more stringent with Stage IV/Tier 4 Final requirements. Volvo Penta also offered an unparalleled level of support and access. After supporting Albach with application engineers who advised on driveline integration, Volvo Penta assigned the manufacturer a single point person who would be easily contactable to provide quick answers and advice.
“It’s important to have one person who is with you throughout the entire process and who’s available to have face-to-face discussions with you,” Albert says. “In Volvo Penta, we have found a very good partner.”
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