19 October 2021, 16:38
The new ROPA Maus 6 is more than the fusion of the visionary developments of the Tiger 6S and Panther 2S with the proven, robust and durable components of the Maus 5. The new premium model from the technology leader in the beet harvesting combines field-proven technical solutions with the modern design.
Perfected in capacity and efficiency concept with 10.2 m wide pickup system combines practice-oriented developments with the most recent technical innovations from the ROPA House. The new exterior design of the ROPA Maus 6 symbolises digitalisation and Agriculture 4.0. The light-blue line represents the networking of the Maus internally and externally with the myROPA online portal and R-Connect. A new generation of extremely high-performance computers forms the centre for telematics, predictive analytics and online diagnostics, just like in the Tiger 6S. The machine software for the new Maus 6 is completely developed at ROPA in Sittelsdorf and offers a number of new useful functions.
Significantly larger cabin with new interior and two large 12.1 inch colour displays
The newly designed panoramic cabin gives a generous feeling of space and can be raised to 5.10 m in the working mode for convenient operation and excellent visibility. Compared to the Maus 5, the cabin is 16 cm wider, 40 cm longer and, with an enormous total volume of 4,400 l, offers 1,125 l or 35 percent more space and room than that of the ROPA Maus 5. Thus, the cabin of the Maus 6 is the largest cleaner-loader cabin on the market. It now offers more room also for a foldable passenger seat, e.g. for a supervisor or for coordination in case of a driver change. The integrated storage space in the rear wall of the cabin has also been significantly increased. The new cabin has a lot of practical drawers and, for the first time, a cooling box and an additional shelf (for snacks or sandwiches). Sun blinds on all windows and two wipers on each side window provide the best visibility in any weather conditions. The window wipers run synchronously and can be switched conveniently on the terminal to work either in adjustable intervals or permanently. A pleasant and user-friendly interior of the new cabin in combination with the excellent sound insulation guarantees the most comfortable operation. Extremely powerful fully LED working lights turn night into day and make operation even safer. A DAB radio with Bluetooth and hands-free set are installed as standard.
New heating concept with underfloor heating and park heating
The heating concept has been completely redeveloped to ensure a pleasantly warm workplace even in frosty weather with temperatures below freezing. A high-performance underfloor heating system ensures that your feet are always warm. In addition, pipes with larger cross-section were used to increase the flow rate of hot water to the cabin and to the air heat exchanger. Moreover, there is an optimised parking heating for the cabin, hydraulic oil and engine with a convenient user interface on the colour display for the entire air conditioning system. In future, the park heating on the Maus 6 can also be switched on or preset remotely via the myROPA online portal and R-Connect, so that the driver will find a warm workplace when he gets into the vehicle.
New computers, joysticks and two 12.1-inch terminals for even more intuitive and user-friendly operation
The driver's rotating seat with integrated seat ventilation and seat heating is the visual manifestation of leadership in technology and the breakthrough into a new era of networking in the harvest loading. Improved ergonomics thanks to two new joysticks with additional functions, a height-adjustable steering column and terminals perfectly positioned in line of sight. Additional operating terminals for beet logistics can be installed next to the ROPA terminals at an optimum viewing angle.
Intuitive operation similar to a tablet
Operation at the terminal with interactive buttons highlighted by the clear colour composition on the modern flat design is even more intuitive and has the same logic as tablets and smartphones. Intentionally used contrasts improve legibility and usability. Compared to the previous model, the Maus 6 has two 12.1 inch operating terminals positioned one above the other with higher pixel density resulting in even sharper resolution. In addition to the machine functions, the camera images in significantly better quality can also be displayed on one of the terminals.
High-resolution digital cameras as standard - R-View in perfection
The Maus 6 has high-resolution digital cameras as standard. The image quality of the digital cameras is significantly better, and an additional Ethernet network is integrated into the machine to handle the resulting greatly increased volumes of data. The Maus 6 now comes with a centre mark camera and a rear view camera as standard. The additional cameras on the track conveyor and the re-cleaner, as well as the new R-View with the back run camera and two additional side cameras for the best rear area monitoring, can be ordered optionally.
R-Connect telematics and remote diagnostics as standard equipment
The standard integrated telematics module is the basis for proactive Service 4.0, particularly for predictive analytics and fast assistance and diagnostics if service is required on any continent. A service technician can link directly to the terminal and the machine control system to assist the driver, e.g. in solving problems, if it is required. The R-Connect in the myROPA portal is a perfect tool for drivers and managers for the online order processing and optimisation of machines and fleets. For machines with integrated weighing equipment, the individual loads can be listed and analysed in the R-Connect.
10.2 m wide pickup system with flexible cleaning adjustment
The robust pickup system, extended up to 10.2 m in width, has a total of 18 cleaning rollers (manufactured with a hard-welded finish as standard) for efficient soil and weed removal. It is the widest pickup system of all cleaner-loaders on the market. Depending on the level of cleaning required the cleaning path in the pickup system can be adjusted in length and intensity from the driver's cabin. In comparison to the Maus 5, the folding plates have been optimised to create more space, especially for the significantly larger cabin. The operation of the water spray system has become even more plain and user-friendly and can be switched between automatic and interval mode.
Mercedes-Benz engine with the exhaust gas category V
The extremely economical Mercedes Benz OM 936 LA engine of 260 kW / 354 hp with 7.7 l volume capacity, 2-stage turbocharging, 1,450 Nm max. torque at 1,200 - 1,600 rpm (exhaust gas category EU V and USA Tier 4f) is integrated in the most efficient drive concept. It is automatically driven at reduced engine rpm during loading, while at the same time preserving enough power for extreme conditions.
Optimal balance with counterweight arm
The counterweight arm, made of special 700 fine grain steel, contributes to the impressive performance of the Maus during loading whilst maintaining utmost machine stability. The counterweight arm is up to 9 m long and 4 m high and can be swung out together with the fuel tank, which serves as a counterweight to the truck conveyor, thus ensuring optimal balancing of the machine even at more than 15 m overloading width.
Completely new weighing system with CAN-Bus weighing cells
ROPA has also completely redesigned the belt scale system and integrated a weighing frame into the truck conveyor articulation part by means of a new mechanical construction. Two CAN-Bus weighing cells communicate directly with the computer module in the central electrical system. In this way, there is no need for separate computers and many cables at the truck conveyor, which contributes to increased operational safety. The new scale provides a higher accuracy compared to the previous one.
Compact on the road – minimum time for preparation
For road drive, the complete Maus 6 folds in automatically to a road width of 3 m and a total length of only 14.97 m with just one operating element in the cabin - unique between all the loaders! The large wheel base of 5.5 m combined with two hydraulically sprung additional axles guarantees safe handling of the sturdily constructed loader while maintaining the best driving comfort even at the speed of 40 km/h. The new intelligent main steering switch activates simultaneously the automatic centre positioning of the rear axle steering.
Efficient hydraulic system enables rotational speed reduction
The hydraulic system with optimised gear/revolution transmission provides efficient power transfer. It combines high throughput with very low fuel consumption at very quiet 1,200 rpm during loading. Powerful load-sensing hydraulic system ensures the highest possible hydraulic fluid capacity and a prompt response of the entire operating hydraulics even at idling speed. Another new feature is the automotive mode for diesel engine speed control during loading. It contributes to fuel saving, as the lowest possible engine speed is automatically set according to the speed specifications of 6 separate roller and sieve conveyor drives.
Many new convenient and useful details
Numerous new developments and optimised features offer additional benefits and comfort for drivers of the Maus 6. For example, the complete equipment with even more powerful LED headlights, direction indicators and rotating beacons, optimised layout of the water spray system. A new design of the entire electrical system and optimised hydraulic system for increased operational safety and ease of service.
The sales and series production of the Maus 6 will start for the 2022 harvest season. Pre-production models are already in operation for this year's sugar-beet campaign. Particularly with the more powerful on-board electronic system and the far-reaching networking, ROPA sees the potential for even faster and optimised development of driver assistance systems. The drivers enjoy a feeling of space and comfort when loading beets with this new premium class cleaner-loader.
Source: ROPA Fahrzeug- und Maschinenbau GmbH