The Right Operating Strategy Pays Off
For the complete two-layer removal of the entire road surface in Illinois, the W 220 Fi was equipped with a standard 2.5 m milling drum fitted with 196 picks. The job needed to be carried out in a cost-effective manner. As a result, the W 220 Fi milled in ECO mode, one of three operating strategies that machine operators can select from on the new large milling machines from Wirtgen. In ECO mode, Mill Assist always seeks the machine operating point with the most favorable fuel and pick consumption per cubic meter of milled material. At the same time, it also reduces CO₂ and noise emissions .
Wirtgen Performance Tracker
Speaking of performance, the large milling machine was also delivered with a Wirtgen Performance Tracker (WPT), which precisely determines the machine’s surface milling performance, milling volume, and consumption rates. All of the key performance and consumption data are shown to the milling machine operator in the operator's cabin in real time. Immediately after completing a milling job, the data is also e-mailed to the machine owner in an automatically generated report. “When we purchase a machine, we expect reliability, versatility, value, and performance. The W 220 Fi offers all of these qualities and, thanks to the WPT, a significant technological upgrade. It allows us to measure our performance extremely accurately,” explains Lindbloom. “We’ve used telematics systems before, but never at this level. We’re confident that the technology will help us increase our efficiency.”
As such, foreman Ed Mesko summed up the milling work near Interstate 55 in a positive light: “The W 220 Fi has numerous features that make life easy for machine operators and the ground crew. It is packed full of technology and performance.”