Whether the machine needs to endure frigid temperatures, or it must ward against operator fatigue after long shifts, no one knows a cab’s needs better than the operator. Because of that fact, every machine has specific needs for its cab in order to get the most from its operators. Be it whether that’s a simplified design, solely focused on safety, or a highly-complex set up with numerous amenities.
The most efficient way for OEMs to get what they want from their machine is to work with technically experienced partners who understand their specific application to create an operator control station that keeps their needs at the forefront.
Creating a comfortable environment that fosters operator productivity is much more complex than simple seat selection
Creating a comfortable environment that fosters operator productivity is much more complex than simple seat selection. There are many factors that can be considered when creating an ergonomic environment for operators and their specific functions.
For example, something as simple as joystick resistance can impact how long an operator can continue working without stopping. Operator efficiency and optimizing ROI of machines is more important now than ever before, and an overall human machine interface designed with that application in mind is the first step to achieving that.
Now to consider focusing on seat assemblies, there are many key factors to consider before starting development. Starting with an operator’s entrance, clearance has to be considered from controls, steering columns, and other key components that are necessary for operation, but could also be a hindrance.
Those operational controls, such as joysticks, switch panels, and foot pedals should be arranged and prioritized based on operator usage, while still maintaining clear operator sight lines. Keeping operators comfortable, while still giving them access to the functions necessary to do a job, will not only improve operator experience but will ultimately lead to increased machine up-time and overall profit.
Special amenities & safety features
A simple, highly ergonomic cab may be perfect for an application. However, a machine’s application and job location pose countless possible additions or specifications to a cab, including various safety features.
For example, the work environment may necessitate specialty glass for windows, such as advanced UV protection. Or there may be an increased roll over risk for the machine, so the cab must include specialty ROPS/FOPS certifications.
Enhancing operator performance and comfort
Crane cabs, for instance, need to have a much larger than normal field of view
Aside from important safety features, there may be a number of additional capabilities or enhancements that can improve operator performance and comfort. Crane cabs, for instance, need to have a much larger than normal field of view without creating unnecessary strain on the operator.
Utilizing tilting capabilities, as seen here, is extremely beneficial for the operator, allowing them to work more efficiently and comfortably. Additional training seats, specialty radios or infotainment, and even appliances like microwaves can transform a cab into an environment where operators can not only be productive and secure, but also a workplace that they are comfortable and happy to be in for the long haul.
Laser cutting and fabrication technology
At GS Global Resources (GSGR), they know that every aspect of the cab can be optimized to specifically fit tailored needs. With the company partners at ADC Equipment Innovation, GS Global Resources have invested in the most innovative methods of laser cutting, fabrication, and painting/powder coating.
When working with GSGR, there are collaborations involved with OEMs throughout the design process, and through this partnership, get them an engineered cab that is fully populated to meet their needs.
Customers are asked to not settle for something that was designed for any machine. Get the operators a cab created with their needs in mind, improving performance for the life of the machine.