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tyre/wheel fusion also features built-in suspension.
The lightweight and robust structure has been designed to withstand the extreme conditions present in construction environments. In addition, the airless tyres reduce overall machine weight and a large footprint delivers low contact pressure. Advanced connectivity is achieved with integrated sensors, providing a stream of real-time data to both the operator and the control room. When active, the integrated sidewall lights are illuminated and also function as an additional safety feature.
Unrivalled control
ProjectTETRA can be controlled at the touch of a button through the armrest-mounted operating hub. Operators can access all key operating parameters and functionality including:
• Face scan to activate start-up sequence
• Bucketload-fillassistscreenwhichdisplaystargetload, current bucket load and remaining load
• Jobsitemap,whichtracksincomingtrucks,indicatesthe fastest route to the selected work area and displays general site information
• Weatherscreensshowingreal-timeweatherreports
• Lightingparameters,Bluetoothtelephone,heatingand ventilation and music controls
• Accesstosecondarymachineparameters,machinesettings and additional submenus
The operator can also swipe the operating screen to the A- pillar screens. The A-pillar screens contain further machine monitoring details and ‘at a glance’ performance indicators:
• Feedsfromallviewingcameras
• Operating parameters including machine speed, engine speed, fuel level, engine and oil temperature, selected gear, engine hours and time
All machine data is automatically communicated to the control centre, allowing for on-the-job updates and optimisation to increase machine efficiency.
Safety first design
ProjectTETRA employs the latest biometric technology to ensure the safety and comfort of the operator. Before the operator reaches the machine, it is ready for operation. Remote retinal scanning, accessed through any mobile device, activates heating and cooling to adjust the cab to the optimal operating temperature.
Biometric facial recognition technology is integrated into the access and start-up sequences to ensure that only fully- qualified operators have access to the machine.
As a demonstration of CASE’s development into autonomous technology, ProjectTETRA includes integrated obstacle detection technology, alerting the driver to any possible hazards on site.
Furthermore, this concept is compatible with the complete range of buckets and was fitted with high-tip and quarry versions from Leonardi Benne during the initial testing activities.
Combining CASE’s heritage with its innovative future
“The most striking thing about ProjectTETRA is its design. It expands the pre-conceived conception of what a wheel loader should look like,” explains Wilkie. “We took inspiration from our emblem, the American Bald Eagle. You’ll see bird-like features within the design, from the integrated cab wings and the commanding stance of the eagle’s head and beak within the rear engine cover.
“As the name suggests,” Wilkie continues, “ProjectTETRA contains elements relating to the structure of methane too. The tetrahedral structure of the methane molecule is expressed in the name but also in the design. And we have finished the machine in our custom-made metallic fleck CASE power-tan paint finish. A nod to the heritage of our brand but with a strong link to our innovative and sustainable future.” May/June 2019 - Issue 56
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