the basic module. It can also be low-
ered for safe and easier access.
“The position and angle of the cab
and implements can also be adjusted,
which makes ANTS suitable for bi-
directional work,” said Pitenius. “The
cab offers outstanding visibility due
to its composite frame structure and
adjustable position. The ANTS is oper-
ated via intelligent armrests and using
voice commands and gestures.”
The operator’s interface has
been simplified with the bulk of the
machine commands given by speech.
Information that is important to the
operation or function being performed
is superimposed as a heads-up dis-
play (HUD) on window surfaces.
The structure of the basic machine
is lightweight, Valtra said. Wheels are
set at the end of the shafts, which are
also utilized for active suspension and
ground clearance adjustment as well
as for lifting and lowering implements
from and into the ground.
Minimum clearance is designed for
on-road travel for greater stability,
and maximum clearance is utilized
off-road. The wheel width or surface
contact can be adjusted to avoid soil
compaction and to optimize traction in
a variety of working conditions.
The ANTS machine constantly
measures various parameters related
to the environmental conditions, Valtra
said. It recognizes when it starts to dig
into the soil, or if the soil itself is very
soft, and automatically expands the
wheels to avoid being stuck.
The flexible implement attachment
systems in combination with the four-wheel steering and the rotating cab
make the ANTS a bi-directional machine
without any specific front or back. Valtra
said it sees it as the perfect evolution of
its Twin Trac reverse-drive system.
Valtra engineered the ANTS com-
bining the features of front loaders,
telehandlers and forest machine
booms. The ANTS has double arms
like a front loader, however, the two
arms are connected to the same pivot
point as the cab itself. Both arms are
designed to be controlled individually,
which is designed to offer many new
possibilities and flexibilities in function
and operation. The built-in telescopic
booms allow for a smaller machine
dimension with a greater reach than a
normal loader, Valtra said.
instrument reads and processes
SAE J1939 compliant CAN messages.
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March 2011 DIESEL PROGRESS NORTH AMERICAN EDITION 141