Machinery importer, Lynx Engineering, has announced the UK release of the new Pro Control System developed by German manufacturer, Stoll, for their ProfiLine range of tractor front loaders.
One of the key benefits of the new system, claims Lynx, is a much more intuitive and responsive electronically controlled joystick, as Managing Director, Nick Ewbank, explained: “Different loader operators tend to use joystick controls in different ways. Depending on the type of machinery they have been used to operating, some are happier using harder, more aggressive lever movements, whilst others prefer to adopt a softer approach in order to feel for the response resulting from their lever movements.
“The upgraded joystick design that forms part of Stoll’s new control system now enables operators to ‘personalise’ joystick movement to suit their way of working,” he said. “This is achieved by selecting from one of three different settings – hard, medium or soft – from the switches on the keypad incorporated within the head of the joystick. By choosing the setting which is most in-tune with the operator’s natural hand movements, problems such as delayed response or jerky, sudden movements are eliminated. This increased controllability and predictability of response can significantly improve operator comfort and productivity,” he added.
The new control system provides, for the first time, a platform for all the switches for the Stoll front loader’s operation including ‘on/off’ functions, loader response speed, programmable loader movements and extra functions such as grab operation, fast-dump, comfort-drive suspension system and hydraulic tool locking to be integrated into the joystick.
“There have always been switches for front loader extra functions but, until now, they could have been located anywhere in the driver’s cab,” said Nick Ewbank. Lines or buttons were fitted subject to the availability of space for a connector. This often meant that the driver had to look in a different place for every button. Now, all the connectors go to the front loader joystick so all the control switches are in one place.”
“This new development not only enhances operating precision, it also improves safety by allowing operators to focus fully on the loading or unloading task in front of them instead of being distracted by having to reach across to different parts of the cab to operate different loader functions,” he added.
The new Pro Control system is made possible by a completely new and more compact valve block design, which significantly reduces cabling requirements and is fitted directly under Stoll’s Hydro-Fix multiple quick-release coupling system. The new valve block, claims Stoll, saves space, is stronger yet lighter in weight, distributes oil more efficiently and is easier to install.
In addition, new software has been developed by Stoll to ensure the smooth running of the Pro Control system and comply with the requirements set out in the safety standard, ISO 25119.
The new Pro Control system and joystick is available as an option across the Stoll ProfiLine range of front loaders.