This is a de-limber. It is used on forest products harvesting, and specifically is used to remove branches from trees where they are felled. This leaves the waste bi-mass on the forest floor, which aides in soil maintenance.
The project involved making a large ugly machine palatable to buyers, who pay over $400,000 for these machines. The orange machines in these images are what we started with. the white machine is the finished product.
The design assignment included resolving ergonomics, identifying features to improve operator comfort and performance, improve visibility, add lighting, enhance safety, and generally bring the aesthetics up to snuff. The finished product manufacturing process remained unchanged, while the final machine being produced changed dramatically.
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