Steelwrist and Volvo strengthen partnership over SQ quick couplers

STEELWRIST and Volvo are set to continue to develop their partnership as demand for fully automatic quick couplers on excavators grows.

The co-operation started more than a decade ago when Steelwrist became the preferred supplier of factory-mounted tiltrotators and quick couplers on Volvo excavators.

Volvo is now expanding the offering with Steelwrist SQ Auto Connect quick couplers directly from factory for both crawler and wheeled excavators between 13 and 35t. Steelwrist added that the launch also includes work tool adapters in matching sizes.

Christian Berling, Volvo CE product manager for excavator attachments, said, “Thanks to the great cooperation with Steelwrist for many years, we are able to follow the latest technology evolutions on excavator attachments. The key of the success story was the factory preparation and installation, according to the feedback received from our satisfied customers. Because of the commitment from both brands, Volvo CE offers a consistent installation of Steelwrist symmetrical quick couplers (now also with SQ variant) and tiltrotators on a wide range of excavators.”

The EC250E and EC300E also include the Smart Connect platform, which Steelwrist explained allows for a ‘seamless integration’ to the Volvo Dig Assist system with the Steelwrist factory-mounted tiltrotator.

With the Smart Connect platform, Steelwrist tiltrotators can be mounted at dealer sites with a ‘plug and play’ installation.

Stefan Stockhaus, Steelwrist CEO, commented, “Within Steelwrist we have for a long time worked hard to promote global standards and finally results are starting to be seen. Firstly, with Volvo launching Steelwrist SQ from factory and with Caterpillar’s recent launch of their HCS coupler, it’s a huge thing when two industry leading players almost simultaneously launch products that are compatible with the Open-S standard.

“Secondly, Volvo CE launching the Smart Connect platform, could be an important step forward towards an open work tool interface for excavators like ISOBUS within the agricultural sector. This would allow for increased smartness and global connectivity for excavator work tools like never before.”