John Deere’s new­est For­warder tech­nol­ogy leads the way

The un­load­ing fea­ture of the IBC is par­tic­u­larly clever as it re­duces the amount that the ex­ten­sion boom comes out.

Australian Forests and Timber - - Forwarders -

John Deere’s cut-toLength, Joen­suu fac­tory in Fin­land has pro­duced in ex­cess of 11, 000 John Deere-branded wheeled forestry har­vest­ing ma­chines and be­fore that pro­duced the glob­ally renowned Tim­ber­jack wheeled Har­vesters and For­warders. In to­tal the fac­tory has man­u­fac­tured well over 30,000 units. To­day, the fac­tory pro­duces the full range E & G Se­ries John Deere For­warders of which two mod­els are shipped to Aus­tralia and New Zealand, the 1510G and 1910E.

Re­cently in­tro­duced to Aus­tralia is John Deere’s new In­tel­li­gent Boom Con­trol (IBC), a mile­stone in For­warder tech­nol­ogy: child’s play to use, ac­cu­rate, time-sav­ing and con­sid­er­ably re­duc­ing the stress of the boom com­po­nents. Once the In­tel­li­gent Boom Con­trol has been switched on, you’ll never want to switch it off again!

Hi­tachi Con­struc­tion Ma­chin­ery Aus­tralia Pty Ltd (HCA) sold the first IBC sys­tem in Aus­tralia to Mer­rett Log­ging in Penola, South Aus­tralia. Plant Man­ager John Mer­rett said it was clear from the start the di­rect ben­e­fits would be con­sid­er­able. “We first heard about the IBC op­tion on the 1910E when two rep­re­sen­ta­tives from John Deere Fin­land came around to our work­shop to look at our op­er­a­tions. We had a For­warder on or­der at the time and when they showed us a 5 minute Youtube clip we de­cided there and then to can­cel the or­der and put an or­der in di­rect from the fac­tory even though we knew it would take an ex­tra few months to re­ceive the ma­chine. From that one short clip it was ev­i­dent that the ad­van­tages of the IBC would be sig­nif­i­cant,” he said.

IBC makes it much eas­ier to learn boom con­trol, and en­ables speedy work – even for be­gin­ners. This is par­tic­u­larly handy for John’s busi­ness when start­ing a new op­er­a­tor on site. “The un­load­ing fea­ture of the IBC is par­tic­u­larly clever as it re­duces the amount that the ex­ten­sion boom comes out. Our new op­er­a­tors seem to pick up the boom con­trol even quicker with IBC as there’s less re­quire­ment from the op­er­a­tor to move sev­eral func­tions at once to get the boom where they need it, the IBC sim­ply does it for them,” said John.

Now it’s not the ma­chine that sets the lim­its, but the op­er­a­tor. IBC has made For­ward­ing more re­laxed and eas­ier for the op­er­a­tors to learn the boom func­tion de­creas­ing train­ing time and get­ting to higher pro­duc­tiv­ity lev­els faster. The most con­vinc­ing fact has been seen in the op­er­a­tor’s be­hav­ior: ever since the sys­tem has been in­tro­duced to them, they don’t switch it off – it stays on the en­tire time.

“Our op­er­a­tor has only just put his first 250 hours on the ma­chine last week and he is al­ready ahead on pro­duc­tion in this short space of time. Ver­non Mansell is the op­er­a­tor on the ma­chine, Ver­non has had a long his­tory in the for­est in­dus­try and has done over 15000hrs on our John Deere 1910E model for­warders al­ready so for him to up his pro­duc­tion prac­ti­cally overnight was a huge plus for our com­pany. Ver­non has said it feels very nat­u­ral in the move­ments, an ex­ten­sion of your arm when pick­ing up tim­ber. He also said he gen­er­ally feels fresher at the end of a shift as his move­ments are less when op­er­at­ing the boom,” said John.

The best thing about the IBC sys­tem is that it con­trols the boom as a whole and the op­er­a­tor doesn’t have to think about each in­di­vid­ual move­ment separately. The boom func­tions smoothly as a com­plete en­tity with­out jerk­ing, since the pump sup­ply is au­to­mat­i­cally di­vided among the dif­fer­ent move­ments. For ex­am­ple, driv­ing and load­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously is eas­ier when you don’t have to put as much fo­cus on con­trol­ling the boom. IBC also shows how the ex­ten­sion should ac­tu­ally be used. The sys­tem is great at di­vid­ing the pump flow among dif­fer­ent move­ments. The boom is ac­cu­rate and easy to op­er­ate. Op­er­a­tors have di­rect con­trol of the boom tip in­stead of con­trol­ling in­de­pen­dent boom joint move­ments. The sys­tem also con­sid­er­ably re­duces the num­ber of tun­ing pa­ram­e­ters needed and in­creases dura­bil­ity of boom struc­tures and hy­draulic cylinders.

Linked with the IBC all new John Deere E & G Se­ries For­warders now come with a whole suite of new tech­nol­ogy in­clud­ing Smooth Boom Con­trol, Cru­uise Con­trol, New Gen­er­a­tion Head­board, New Tim­berMatic F-12, Tim­berOf­fice, JD Link, and Speed Boost Quick but­ton.

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