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“We don’t believe in developing technology for technology’s sake,” continues Goränsson. “Our innovations must solve real-world challenges in a simple and straightforward way. ProjectTETRA is suited to do so in common job sites; agricultural environments, waste handling centres and recycling businesses are perfect locations for a biogas production plant, providing a free source of fuel for the machines working on site.”
“But biomethane isn’t the only option,” explains Goränsson. “ProjectTETRA will run on network methane too, providing access to lower emissions than diesel, even if onsite biomethane production is not an option. This is important as we see changing regulations in some regions.”
Innovative design with the operator at the centre
Although sustainability was a huge factor in ProjectTETRA’s definition, the design team wanted to showcase the very best of CASE’s practical innovation, with the focus firmly on the operator and productivity.
“Automation and digitisation were key drivers in our design process,” reveals David Wilkie, Director of the CNH Industrial Design Centre. “We are a future-focused business, and these are two of our key strategic pillars. These elements are the drivers for safer and more productive machines. ProjectTETRA was a blank sheet so we could be as creative as possible in including the very latest technologies that matter.”
A cab with a winning combination of safety and comfort
ProjectTETRA’s cab features wraparound glazing and a high visibility roof panel, increasing the total glazed area by 16% when compared to a standard wheel loader.
All-around visibility is achieved with the use of viewing cameras instead of wing mirrors. These are automatically linked to the direction of the machine and viewed on the A- pillar mounted displays.
The uncluttered design means all controls are accessed through ergonomic joysticks and an integrated, armrest- mounted, colour touchscreen monitor, which adds to the feeling of space and a panoramic view.
The new cosseting seat automatically extends and pivots to facilitate entry upon door opening, returning to the operating position immediately after the operator is seated, which is an industry first.
With lumbar support, weight-compensated suspension and active heating and cooling systems it ensures operator comfort throughout the working shift, reducing operator fatigue.
A partnership in conceptual design
An exclusive partnership with Michelin led to the development of innovative airless concept tyres for ProjectTETRA. Constructed from pure rubber and a patented composite material in a honeycomb spoke design, the
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