Scor­pion notches up spe­cial steel award for Pon­sse

Australian Forests and Timber - - HARVESTING -

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.

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