New Version of MaxiXplorer Software Suite

2012-01-23

Komatsu Forest continues to develop the MaxiXplorer control system. The newest version of this software suite is now available—MaxiXplorer 3.0, the complete system for machine and head control, crosscutting, and managing Komatsu Forest harvesters and stand-alone harvesting heads. MaxiXplorer 3.0 improves productivity, timber value, and machine status reports while making life easier for operators by reducing administrative tasks and improving the operator environment.

A new feature of MaxiXplorer 3.0 is variable fan control with monitored fan speed on the Komatsu 901TX.1, which reduces noise levels in the cab. Another is the option to save production data for more tree species than before.The system can now automatically generate reports after a shift, an assignment, or a specified periodic interval. Say, for example, that the operator wants to generate and e-mail a status report every second hour—the system can be configured to do this.
 
MaxiXplorer 3.0 and new MaxiN 2.0 include integrated assignment management. When creating a new assignment in MaxiXplorer, MaxiN is synchronized with MaxiXplorer and automatically retrieves the correct information for the active assignment. Production data is now automatically plotted on the map as the harvester progresses. MaxiXplorer 3.0 offers calibration history printouts and control measurements that fulfill Finnish measurement legislation as regards setup.For Komatsu machines equipped with E3 engines, the level of DEF liquid is displayed graphically together with the fuel gauge at the bottom of the operating screen. MaxiXplorer 3.0 also includes all the extensive improvements seen in MaxiXplorer 2.1 and 2.2.

Accurate and efficient crosscutting is critical to obtain the maximum value when logging. A number of functions to optimize crosscutting were also introduced in previous versions.One is the option to use dynamic crosscutting instructions, which means no limits on the number of assortments, diameter classes, and length classes that can be used. Another is control over the length selection to minimize the number of situations where the head alters the cutting point shortly before making the cut. The system also optimizes the log length by extending the length of the last log to the minimum diameter before the cut, which results in better utilization of the raw material. As an added benefit, you can set the head to automatically tilt up after the last cut. More features that optimize crosscutting include the operator being able to program a preselected length and assortment to any button to quickly override value crosscutting or quality crosscutting and to crosscut special lengths.
 
The limitation matrix makes it possible to set the required maximum production per assortment per length class/diameter class by volume or number of logs. A function that makes it much easier, for example, for sawmills to more precisely guide production towards particular requirements.
 
A neat function for those harvesting with consideration for forest residue is that the operator can set a flag in the production file for trees felled with forest residue harvesting in mind. This allows the buyer to analyze and see the quantity of felling residue produced, as well as its location on the plot.
 
The harvester can even register the volume of unprocessed trees, even if the machine accumulates several trees. This volume is an estimated volume calculated in accordance with the Stanford standard. This enables the operator to see how much has been produced when, for example, thinning smaller diameter trees for biomass fuel by simply felling the trees.

Moreover, Komatsu is the first machine manufacturer to launch a control system that can create files in compliance with the new Stanford 2010 standard. An improved backup function for saved production data has been introduced, with the data for every tree saved on an extra memory card after processing.The new software suite is available for Komatsu's rubber-tired harvesters and stand-alone heads.




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