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Ponsse to launch new model series with focus on productivity and ergonomics

On the eve of Elmia Wood Ponsse Oy has revealed that its new model series will be introduced "in its full glory". In addition, the company will present solutions that focus especially on improving the operator's performance.

The Ponsse Scorpion harvester was big news at Elmia Wood 2013. This year it will be back in an updated form and put to work at the upcoming Elmia Wood 2017 (photo courtesy Ponsse).

The Ponsse Scorpion harvester was big news at Elmia Wood 2013. This year it will be back in an updated form and put to work at the upcoming Elmia Wood 2017 (photo courtesy Ponsse).

Finland-headed forest machine manufacturer Ponsse Oy has revealed that it will introduce new model series at Elmia Wood “in its full glory”. In addition, the company will present solutions that focus especially on improving the operator’s performance and comfort at the show which opens tomorrow.

The Scorpion harvester, the flagship of the new model series, was launched at the 2013 show and according to Ponsse represented the start of a “complete modernisation” of the model series, focusing specifically on improved productivity and ergonomics alongside higher serviceability. So far, more than 500 Scorpions have been sold in 20 different countries, and more than 100 have been sold in Sweden.

A distinguishing feature of the Scorpion is the ActiveFrame, a whole new cabin suspension system for eight-wheel machines. ­It levels out any roughness of the terrain and keeps the cabin horizontal at all times. This makes working more effective as the cabin is always horizontal when using the crane. In addition to forwarders, the ActiveFrame solution is now also available for the Ponsse Ergo 8w harvester, its most popular harvester model.

Another innovation to improve operator ergonomics is a new seat, which according to Ponsse is the first seat designed exclusively for forest machines.

First VR training simulator

Ponsse says it is the first forest machine manufacturer to launch a virtual reality (VR) training simulator. VR headsets can be added to all Ponsse Full simulator models as optional equipment. VR headsets raise the simulator experience to a whole new level: they help the operator to perceive the environment and machine functions much better than in conventional simulators.

Ponsse forwarders proving popular in Sweden with 2016 sales up significantly on 2015.

Ponsse forwarders proving popular in Sweden with 2016 sales up significantly on 2015.

The solution uses HTC Vive headsets and sensors to display images correctly. As a result, operators feel like they are actually in the forest and the driving experience feels more real – the environment can be explored by simply turning the head. By better perceiving distances and dimensions, it is also easier to train with the crane. The Full simulator can also be used without any headsets as before by simply switching it to the regular simulator mode through the user interface.

 

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