Customer input plays major part in getting things right
Eight-wheeled forest machines allow harvesting on ever steeper slopes and more uneven terrain
THE FOUNDER of Ponsse company, forest machine contractor Einari Vidgrén always says “customers are the best experts; we have to listen to them”.
It has been Ponsse’s main philosophy in product development all the way from the beginning of the company in 1970. Close relationships with contractors and machine operators and deep consideration of their needs and ideas ensure that the R&D efforts are targeted to the correct goals.
This benefits both manufacturer and customer.
Ponsse’s product range has never seen changes as drastic as it has in recent years. The intensive development phase started in 2009 when Ponsse launched the first eightwheeled harvester models. In 2015 Ponsse released a whole new machine model series, starting with the launch of the Ponsse Scorpion and ScorpionKing harvesters in 2013.
The development of the new model series was done on the basis of the feedback collected throughout the years. Along with new technologies and concepts, it is important to keep in mind the continuous improvement of the base technology – the things that keep the wheels rolling and trees falling all around the world, every day.
“The new Ponsse model series focuses on improving durability, serviceability and ergonomics, producing significant results in terms of usability and productivity,” said Peter Randalls (Director, Randalls Equipment Company, authorised Australian distributor of Ponsse machines).
The starting point for the development of the new model series was the idea of a forest machine that does not compromise on the usability, productivity or serviceability of the machine. The frame of the machine is even more durable, and modifications to crane models have improved durability and the ease of use.
Comfort is key
“The development of forest machines is strongly heading in a direction where the working comfort of the operator is key, alongside machine productivity,” said Peter.
The operator’s working capacity has a direct impact on the productivity of harvesting. An operator who is alert throughout the shift has an impact, not only on machine production, but also on the after-harvest track.
The cabin, visibility, ergonomic controls, ease of maintenance and use, together with machine stability and control, are crucial factors when it comes to comfort. Regardless of machine intelligence and advanced technology, quality and production are always based on the operator.
In recent years, machine stability has increased its role, as planted forests are located on steep slopes in many market areas. Thanks to its stability, eight-wheeled forest machines allow harvesting on ever steeper slopes and more uneven terrain. On the steepest slopes, winch solutions are also used, particularly in South America and Central Europe.
The Ponsse product range includes both six and eightwheel harvesters in all size categories from thinning to heavy duty regeneration felling. All Ponsse machine models are designed for a general size category in terms of their size and performance, whereby the work is not narrowly restricted to certain types of work sites due to the equipment. Versatile product solutions allow harvesting of both energy wood and industrial wood productively. All Ponsse harvester heads have multistemming as a standard feature.
Ponsse is known for its rapid product development based on customer needs. It has always allocated its resources to where it can be the best in the world. In developing environmentally friendly, cut-to-length forest machines, Ponsse represents state-of-the-art.