Scorpion notches up special steel award for Ponsse
LAST YEAR’S winner of the international Swedish Steel Prize is Ponsse from Finland. The prize was awarded for the company’s new generation of forest harvester, the Scorpion which, with the use of high-strength steel, realized a revolutionary design that improves both performance and comfort.
“Ponsse has not only significantly improved operator ergonomics, but also enhanced functionality and safety, and increased productivity with this new design,” says Gregoire Parenty, chairman of the jury and Executive Vice President and Head of Market Development SSAB.
For decades forest harvesting machines have remained pretty much the same. They have traditional designs that focus on function and not on operation. The Finnish company Ponsse decided that by building a new harvester around the operator, with a focus on ergonomics, they could improve both performance and comfort.
The Ponsse Scorpion features a symmetrical crane boom where the operator sits in the centre point of all movements. If offers the operator total visibility and the ability to work comfortably and efficiently.
By using Strenx 700 MC Plus high-strength steel in the crane arms, Strenx 700 in the chassis and Hardox 450 in the cutter head, the Scorpion has a lower overall weight which helps manoeuvrability in rough terrain.
Lower weight allowed more bearings to be added, which gives the Scorpion its unique stability. Furthermore, fuel consumption has been reduced and boom movements are faster.