all un­der con­trol

Op­er­a­tor com­fort top of de­sign agenda for Case IH

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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.

IN­TU­ITIVE CON­TROLS

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.”

OP­TIONS OPEN

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

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