Komatsu Europe launches SubMonitor for wheeled loaders

Komatsu Europe has unveiled the Komatsu SubMonitor for wheeled loaders.
Loading, Hauling & Excavation / January 24, 2023
By Guy Woodford
Komatsu has launched its SubMonitor for wheeled loaders

Focusing on simplified operation by merging many features into one device, the SubMonitor creates a new touchscreen interface for the operator to interact with the machine's assist systems, which include an Extended Load-Pilot, a new rearview Supervision system with a high-definition camera and rear radar obstacle detection, and an all-new, performance-boosting Efficiency Trainer module.

The 12.1" ergonomic touchscreen is said to provide easy, intuitive operation, reducing confusion and work interruptions vs. the multitude of separate sub-systems that are all too common today. The Komatsu SubMonitor is the base for a new era of machine features that deliver unrivalled control, comfort, and safety.

The proven Komatsu Load-Pilot as a weighing system has been updated in terms of functionality and controllability. Accurate and fast weighing results with the improved auto-weighing function, material definition at will and productivity and efficiency display for different materials enable smooth operation. Since all important elements are displayed on the monitor, the adjustment can be easily made on the screen with just a few clicks, without diving into the machine menu. The tidy arrangement of all functions is self-explanatory.

Efficiency Trainer is a new feature that improves drivers' skills during actual work to increase performance and increase efficiency. The system learns itself for each loading cycle based on a new algorithm. The reference is set by the operator taking into account different operating conditions and not specified by the machine based on fixed data. The evaluation is based on several machine data, which are evaluated with the help of a point system. As the charging performance improves, the reference is raised. If the charging performance decreases, the deficits are displayed based on criteria and suggested improvements.

Since there is no direct view from the cabin, the rear area surveillance is one of the most elementary safety systems. Wheeled loaders must reverse for each loading cycle. The new digital camera system, combined with radar obstacle detection, gives a perfect overview of the situation behind the machine. The SubMonitor's high-resolution screen displays the image crisply and clearly, and radar obstacle detection provides the operator with audible and visual warnings of hazards behind the machine.

The SubMonitor is available as a fitting option for Komatsu's WA380-WA500-8 wheeled loaders.

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