New Holland Agriculture: ongoing commitment to a safe working environment
New Holland Agriculture, one of the world's leading manufacturers of agricultural equipment, has always made operator safety one of its key priorities of product design and development.
Day in, day out, sometimes in extreme weather conditions, agricultural equipment is called upon to operate on terrain of all types, often with uneven surfaces, steep gradients and highly variable soil conditions, and to undertake road transport operations governed by specific regulations. Therefore, it has to be equipped with a vast, complex range of active and passive safety features, which are vital for safeguarding farmers against all types of risks and enabling them to get on with their work in complete safety.
New Holland responds to these requirements with pro-active effort on three fronts: technology, operator comfort and enhanced support and maintenance services.
On the technology front, a key feature is our ABS SuperSteer™ system. This is an ingenious application of ABS technology to tractors, which increases braking safety, while at the same time improving manoeuvrability and ensuring safe vehicle performance on steep ground.
Among the award winners at Agritechnica 2011, the Intelligent Braking System increases the braking safety of tractors towing trailers, by automatically regulating braking force in proportion to the deceleration of the tractor. This ensures perfect harmonisation of the braking action on the tractor/trailer combination, thus preventing the risk of dangerous jack-knifing of the trailer.
Active StopStart is one of the key safety features of the Auto Command™ continuously variable transmission on New Holland's high horsepower tractors. As soon as the tractor stops, the system prevents any kind of movement, either forward or backward, even when working with heavy loads on steep gradients.
Our combine harvesters and the majority of our high horsepower tractors are also fitted on demand with extended visibility cameras. Connected to the on-board monitor, these transmit images of the rear and sides of the machine, thereby drastically enhancing safety during manoeuvres and when working with particularly wide attachments or long trailers.
What's more, New Holland is equipping all its tractors with the Falling Object Protection Systems (FOPS) as standard, to protect the cab and operator against the risk of objects falling from above. This is an everyday risk when working with a front loader or in potentially hazardous areas.
Operator comfort means safety. Driving and operating modern agricultural machines requires total concentration and complete calm, especially in view of the increasingly advanced functions with which these machines are equipped, and the complex operations that they are called upon to perform.
One glance at the cab of a New Holland tractor is enough to show that comfort, ease of use and safety lie at the centre of its design. Just like on the Horizon™cab, all-round visibility is ensured by the use of just 4 cab pillars, fully glazed doors and a glass roof-panel, which facilitates and enhances the safety of front loader operations.
The multiple-award-winning Sidewinder™ armrest and the multi-functional Command Grip™ lever bring together all the tractor's main functions in a logical, ergonomic layout, thus facilitating safe, intuitive operation.
The standard equipment of numerous New Holland models includes air conditioning and climate control, radio with Bluetooth, so that operators can make phone calls without taking their hands off the steering wheel, and a wide range of work lights, including xenon units, which enable farmers to benefit from daytime lighting conditions during night-time operations.
When it comes to the everyday support and maintenance activities that agricultural machines need, New Holland is committed to ensuring maximum operator safety. Almost all daily checks can be carried out from the ground; hoods and guards opening are assisted by gas struts, and the majority of adjustments to harvesters are either fully automated or can be made quickly without tools.
As witness to its commitment, at the recent SIMA show in Paris, New Holland’s BigBaler, the new large square baler range, was recognised with the Innovation Award for Industry-Leading Safety for the safety equipment. All types of risks associated with maintenance operations have been greatly reduced. For example, the front shield can only be opened if the baler is completely stationary, the power take-off is switched off and the flywheel brake is ON.
New Holland Agriculture is committed to ensure safety also in the after sales. The Original Parts are the only parts that fully meet the quality requirements essential for the safety and the cost-effective operations of New Holland machines. This is because the engineers who design those parts and supervise their production are the same people responsible for developing the products.
All in all, safeguarding the health and well-being of operators is an absolute priority for New Holland Agriculture, and this positively impacts not only on safety, but also on productivity.