Formation recently collaborated with with Caterpillar’s electric rope shovel team and Steve Casey of Ergonomics Systems Design on the development of the new Cat 7495.
The Caterpillar 7495 is an extremely large and highly specialized excavator. Weighing in at over 1,300 tons it’s is one of the largest and most advanced pieces of earth moving equipment ever created. The 7495 is capable of moving over 100 tons of material per pass. This capacity combined with electric drive and dig systems results in extremely efficient operation. Formation contributed to the development of the big Cat’s new operator-centric cab and control system. Designed for efficiency and crew comfort, the cab’s isolated operator station, glass cockpit and optimized sight lines afford unprecedented comfort, control and productivity. Amenities include fully customizable joystick controls, multi-screen 360° remote vision systems, a kitchen complete with refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave, lavatory, trainer seat, observer seat and ample equipment storage.
The development of the 7495’s cab and control systems were the culmination of a user centered design process that included contextual research and workshops with more than 80 miners from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America. The development process was featured in the November 2012 issue of Industrial Vehicle Technology (IVT). For more information, please download the PDF case study or visit IVT’s website. The 7495 is currently in production and available from Caterpillar.