What is operator experience?
In a market where machine design moves faster than ever, focusing on operator experience can give OEMs a competitive edge.
At Danfoss, we view Operator Experience as the series of moments that together enable the efficiency, productivity and well-being of those operating mobile machines. As your design partner, we’re focused on providing comprehensive solutions that deliver new levels of productivity, efficiency, precision, comfort, reliability and safety.
Expectations regarding how it feels to operate a machine are changing. Customers aren’t looking for the newest version of their grandpa’s tractor — they want the off-highway version of a luxury car. A modern, ergonomic cab design can increase operator comfort while reducing fatigue, helping them feel safe and in control.
Long hours. Repetitive tasks. Rough conditions. Comfort may not be the first thing that comes to mind for mobile off-highway equipment, but it’s certainly a key component of purposeful operator experience. Not to mention, increased comfort can have significant impacts on overall efficiency and safety.
In markets that strive to continually do more with less, increasing productivity is critical. Yet looking at machine productivity in a vacuum can leave significant gaps in overall precision and efficiency. There’s untapped potential in considering the complete operator experience as a pillar of effectively increasing output.
How trends in Operator Experience battle sensory overload
The term “operator experience” includes everything from physical comfort to receiving and acting on input from the machine itself, all with an overall goal of safety.
Looking five to ten years into the future, Danfoss sees some trends emerging.
HMR CAN Rotary enables efficient screen navigation and operation of machine functions by intuitive button control – the next level in operator comfort and machine modernization.
The DM430E series display is a modernized 4.3” display platform designed with supreme viewability. Additionally, a variety of programmable backlit button pads and an Engine Information Center application created on the PLUS+1® platform.