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Operator comfort top of design agenda for Case IH
Case IH says the cab on its Case IH Axial Flow 250 Series of combines offers operators the best environment to work in. Behind the cab door operators can find ample space and storage, with excellent comfort, further enhanced by an ergonomic layout, an air suspended operator seat, low noise levels and unrestricted views.
When harvest extends late into the night, the combine rolls on as halogen stadium lights are fitted to the Axial-Flow 250 series roof to illuminate the working area ahead of the machine.
As extra options, the operator can choose a High Intensity Discharge (HID) stadium lighting package, which consists of halogen and two HID lights.
Another option is a complete set of six high definition HID lights; or a distance option adding two LED lights that can be mounted to the left and right mirror brackets.
For full control, the essential functions are integrated into the right-hand 26cm console and the multifunction control lever.
The most commonly-used features and the AFS Pro 700 monitor are close at hand and ergonomically laid-out.
Case IH flagship combines global product manager Sam Acker says the Axial Flow combine has been designed with operator comfort in mind.
“The key points which we believe make the Axial Flow competitive in the cab area are the spacious environment of 3.67 cubic metres with a 6.3 square metre glass area offering great visibility of the header and grain tank,” he says.
“The layout of the controls is intuitively laid out with the main buttons and switches easy to reach. Only one display is needed for both all functions related to the combine and other functions such as Auto Guidance.”
Acker adds that the Axial Flow was also designed to be simple to service and to operate.
“Armrest controls are grouped by function so they are easy to find and intuitive to use,” he says.
“The multi-function control lever contains all controls frequently used; including industry exclusive grain tank crossauger and pivoting unload spout controls.”
This ease of use carries to the AFS Pro700 26cm touchscreen display. Guidance functions and run screens are simple to understand and can be customised to operator preference.
The new AFS Harvest Command automation system includes a patented functional crop flow illustration of the combine, making settings easy to find and understand.
Acker says the Axial Flow’s quiet cab environment is important to reduce fatigue on long harvest days.
“Seat and glass designs were developed with customer input
to ensure visibility of the unloader spout, end of the header and feeding area,” he says.
“The steering column has dual pivots and a telescopic steering wheel so it can be positioned anywhere the operator wants it for comfort and visibility.”
Case IH offers two cab versions on its Axial-Flow 250 Series: the comfort cab and the luxury cab version.
In the comfort version the designers have featured an ergonomic layout that they say puts the operator in full control of all the functions before them.
The Multifunction Propulsion control lever and the sliding AFS Pro 700 touch screen monitor are both integrated into the right hand console.
Generous leg room, clear visibility and an air suspension seat all contribute to optimising operator comfort, aiding productivity. The comfort cab comes equipped with manual adjustable mirrors, a PVC steering wheel and a storage shelf behind the operator’s seat. There is extra storage behind and under the passenger’s seat as well.
In this specific cab the passenger has access to a metal arm rest on the left hand door.
In cab comfort is also boosted by standard air conditioning with heating to provide the ideal environment, which should boost operator concentration on long harvest days.
If operators require a little bit more comfort in the cab they can opt for the luxury cab which, in addition to the features of the comfort cab, offers electrically adjustable heated mirrors, more storage options and an actively cooled cool box to keep your lunch fresh.
The luxury cab also comes with a leather wrapped steering wheel, three storage bins, two storage shelves, and the removable cool box, which sits under the instructor’s seat.
In addition, the armrest on the left side door is padded and there are window shades on the left and right windows. Operators will find a high back leather chair in this cab as well.
** Editor’s Note: Chris McCullough reviewed the Case IH Axial Flow 250 Series as released in the United Kingdom.
Case IH Australia and New Zealand product manager for Hay and Harvest Tim Salter told Farms&FarmMachinery that while the company is planning to introduce the 250 Series to the local market in 2019, “the final specification is yet to be confirmed”.
“We welcome the release of the Case IH 250 Series Axial-Flow Combines, which build on the productivity and efficiency gains of their predecessors, and continue the reputation for quality and performance that has been a hallmark of the Axial-Flow range for more than 40 years,” he says.
1. Design has focused on low noise levels and unrestricted views2. The multifunction lever and arm rest3. The AFS Pro700 26cm touchscreen display has been designed for ease of use4. There are plenty of storage options5. The cab has been designed with generous leg room, clear visibility and an air suspension seat6. The cab includes air conditioning and heating7. Stick on some tunes and off you go. 8. Seat and glass designs were developed with customer input