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Simulator to hone forester skills
Narrower stick boom for harvesters
To help loggers maximise timber quality, John Deere has upgraded its harvester stick boom attachment across all 800MH-Series and 900MH-Series tracked harvesters. The new stick boom geometry delivers the same high level of boom envelope performance, but the design lessens damage to trees as the narrower boom allows loggers to significantly reduce boom-to- tree contact, resulting in higher quality logs and less wastage. The new boom is 122 mm
useful shortcut for foresters to hone skills and acquire new knowledge at a
significantly lower cost and with less risk than operating an actual machine is provided by Komatsu’s Model KF 500 simulator. This simulator can be used in harvester or forwarder mode and can offer several different machine options to choose from, such as standard crane and combi crane, S-type and C-type heads, and with or without multi-tree handling. An exciting new addition is the VR option, which uses VR technology to take the simulator experience to new heights.
The KF 500 includes a Forest Editor, which makes it possible to
generate landscapes and forest stands. In this way, users can train in forests that exactly match their normal working environment with regard to tree species, terrain and forest density.
It also has a multiplayer function, which means two simulators can operate in the same virtual environment, enabling a harvester and a forwarder to work together. The multiplayer mode includes statistics reflecting the team’s results – a function that can encourage further improvements in performance.
It is also possible to add an instructor station, which enables an experienced simulator operator to interact with other users. More information from www.komatsu.com
Telematics solution tracks performance
The launch was recently announced of RemoteLog, a new telematics solution from Tigercat, which was designed after extensive field research that included feedback from customers around the world. Now loggers can track key machine performance metrics from their desktop or tablet to maximise machine productivity and reduce operating costs.
Logging sites are often well out of range of cellular phone service providers, so RemoteLog uses
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a satellite data connection that provides global coverage. Data is automatically updated to secure servers on a regular basis. Data includes: machine location and movements; activity timeline to identify when a machine is idle, operating, shutdown or refueling; fuel levels and consumption; mechanical performance parameters; and critical machine messages
The data is presented in a simple, easy-to-navigate web portal that runs on all major
desktop and tablet browsers, so it is available from anywhere with an internet connection. No special operator training is required – the system collects and sends data automatically. Extensive reporting and analytics built into RemoteLog mean owners can see at-a-glance when the machine is working or if potential problems are developing.
Users can also set up alerts to notify service personnel while dealers can see error codes and other important mechanical
information to help get the right service and parts on the first visit. The hardware components of RemoteLog consist of a satellite antenna on top of the machine that is well-protected by a polycarbonate housing. A telematics computer module is located in the cab and this connects to the machine data bus to read maintenance information and to the satellite antenna for data upload.
More information from www.tigercat.com
narrower at the attachment end than the existing booms, reducing contact with the harvested tree.
This narrower boom uses the standard Waratah supplied dogbone adapter for traditional external hose routing. A new, narrower cradle supplied by Waratah will continue to offer customers with an optional through-the-nose plumbing solution.
More information from www.johndeere.com
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