Two powerful planetary drives from Bonfiglioli are used in the Falcon Winch Assist from the New Zealand DC Equipment

Bonfiglioli 715C planetary drives for hydraulic winch assist machines

The New Zealand engineering and manufacturing company DC Equipment is achieving international success with its hydraulic winch assist machine that achieves outstanding safety, reliability and efficiency assisting a tethered earthmoving machine to haul felled trees on slopes up to 45 degrees.

DC Equipment uses a pair of compact but torque-dense, 85,000 Nm capacity, Bonfiglioli 715C crawler drives in its Falcon Winch Assist, which can be fitted to a broad range of excavators over 30 tons. 

Bonfiglioli 715C planetary gearbox

The compact but torque-dense, 85,000 Nm capacity, Bonfiglioli 715C crawler drives can be fitted to a broad range of excavators over 30 tons.

DC Equipment’s mighty Falcon Winch Assist for excavators incorporates the proven power and reliability of Bonfiglioli 715C planetary drives.

Practical and versatile

In addition to being used in tethered applications for felled trees, the Falcon Winch Assist can be used for digging, loading and shoveling in demanding situations, with high levels of safety achieved by features and operating alerts built in to ensure the security of operators and enable them to concentrate on the task in hand.

Reliability of the multipurpose Falcon Winch Assist is advanced by the use of twin Bonfiglioli 715C planetary gearboxes proven globally in tough industrial applications, including mobile cranes and milling machines employed in industries including agriculture, construction equipment, mining and energy, forestry, food processing, primary production, land and water transportation, power generation and transmission and renewable energy.

Multiple safety features

The twin drives 715C in each Falcon Winch Assist unit are incorporated into an open loop, single-drum hydraulic system featuring brake safety. The Falcon Winch Assist has a primary hydraulic braking system for maximum control to achieve consistent rope tension minimize tension spikes. An emergency backup braking system utilizes two Bonfiglioli integrated planetary gear box brakes for a double redundancy backup braking system. The hydraulic and electrical safety system of the Falcon Winch Assist were designed to ensure the system remains in a safe operating stat and to prevent shock loading, thanks to a system communication monitoring, drum speed control and alerts that warn of machine failures and activate automatic emergency braking.

Multiple configurations for a wide range of applications

Bonfiglioli Trasmital planetary drives are available in fixed and mobile configurations, with capacities extending through 300, 600, 700 and 800 series and outputs up to 128,000Nm. They can also be incorporated into Bonfiglioli’s planetary/helical high torque combination drives available in gear ratios from 23:1 up to 5000:1.

Hi Torque drives can be mounted horizontally or vertically to conserve space, making them ideal for a wide range of applications including materials handling, such as for conveyor drives and belt, apron and screw feeders. The Hi Torque range includes some of the most powerful drives engineered in Australasia, with capacities of up to 1155kW and 1,195,000Nm of torque.

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