At a special virtual product launch event, CASE Construction Equipment introduced comprehensive enhancements to its entire line of G Series wheel loaders to improve performance and productivity, increase uptime, and empower the operator with greater control and understanding of the machine and its work.
“Wheel loaders — especially those in production and heavy working environments — achieve significant improvements in performance and profitability when you shorten cycle times, simplify operation and increase uptime,” said Andrew Dargatz, product manager, CASE. “Each of the enhancements introduced in the new CASE G Series loaders drive those incremental improvements that lead to big gains in productivity and efficiency.”
New enhancements to the CASE G Series wheel loader lineup include:
- An all-new touchscreen display that delivers the intuitive user experience and puts all core operational controls at the operator’s fingertips.
- New configurable buttons built into the armrest allow the operator to program certain settings/tasks and perform their work faster/more efficiently throughout the day.
- New adjustable electro-hydraulic controls that further dial in machine performance to each task.
- A new Smart Power Mode that improves communication between the engine and transmission based on workload to further drive fuel efficiency and reduced tire wear.
- New electro-hydraulic parallel lift functionality (Z-bar and XR models) that improves material retention and loading operations.
- A fully integrated OEM payload system that helps improve load accuracy and provides detailed reporting for billing, tracking and operational performance.
- Enhanced telematics performance and reporting, and remote diagnostics for increased uptime.
- Integration and connectivity with the CASE North American Uptime Center.
- A new Tire Pressure Monitoring System that optimizes tire life and fuel consumption.
The CASE G Series enhancements feature an all-new touchscreen display that provides tablet-like performance for accessing all critical machine settings and operational data – simplifying performance and allowing operators to adapt more quickly to real-time conditions. This includes all-new adjustable electro-hydraulic controls that allow the operator to independently set lift (boom) and tilt (bucket) responsiveness to match operator preference and loading situations. Each function can be independently set to smooth, moderate or aggressive within the new touchscreen monitor.
CASE has simplified the previous power mode offering with two modes: Smart and Max. Max is chosen when the operator wants to work at full throttle, while the new Smart Mode delivers high performance and an enhanced operating experience through improved communication between the engine and transmission. This also helps achieve smoother shifting, reduced tire wear and up to 10% fuel savings when compared to Max mode.
Operators can also take advantage of new electro-hydraulic parallel lift functionality across all boom configurations that assists in material retention and smooth loading by automatically maintaining the angle and position of the bucket or forks. Enabling Ride Control in this mode further minimizes the risk of the material shifting while loading or transporting.
A hallmark of the new CASE G Series enhancements are three new color-coded configurable buttons on the right armrest that allow the operator to more quickly, and with minimal movement, interact with preprogrammed machine settings or functions to further simplify operation. These settings are determined by the operator and can include critical functions/displays such as the all-new payload screen, rearview camera, differential lock or declutch, and strobe activation.
“These advances, combined with the ergonomic design of the joysticks and the operator station, centralize total operation of the loader for improved operator performance and focus, and reduced fatigue,” said Dargatz.
The all-new payload system is integrated directly into the loader’s primary display and provides bucket weight, pass counts, accumulated/running weight, job tracking data and more for high-volume loading and production environments. This allows operators to precisely load each truck to reduce under/overload situations by accurately weighing each bucket, and cumulatively track the total weight of material loaded into each truck. It also helps operators track total loads and total volume of material moved over a period of time, and can also track history by customer, truck, or material, as well as provide ticket histories.
It also helps play an important role in agricultural operations where it can serve as another proof point/check on measurements such as the amount of lime being applied to a field, or the amount of ingredients applied to a feed mix.
“The onboard payload system drives efficiencies in loading cycles and reduces situations where operators have to top off trucks as they sit on the scale – a waste of time and work for the loader,” said Dargatz. “It reduces instances where trucks have to dump material because they are overweight, or drive to a site underloaded because the operator was light with each bucket. It also provides a perspective into the operation of the loader to evaluate operator performance, as well as into cycle information that could help make future decisions on bucket and machine sizing for an application.”
The new payload system also interacts directly with the newly enhanced CASE SiteWatch telematics platform to further improve total connectivity and operational intelligence.
SiteWatch comes standard for three years on each new CASE G Series wheel loader as part of CASE ProCare. It features an all-new dashboard, more intuitive navigation and new overview sections that spotlight critical information without requiring the user to search for the data. SiteWatch, when matched with the new SiteConnect Module and the newly enhanced G Series, enables more dynamic collection and analysis of data, as well as full integration with the all-new integrated payload system to provide payload reports, ticket details and overall performance information.
CASE Construction Equipment, www.casece.com