Develon introduces new tech for its -7 wheel loaders

the backend of a Develon wheel loader

Develon has equipped its next generation -7 wheel loaders with several new and innovative technologies in North America.

The new tech includes the Transparent Bucket, around view monitor (AVM) camera system and object detection.

The features are now standard on all next-gen machines, from the DL200-7 through the DL580-7.

“Develon is the only construction equipment manufacturer in the industry with the Transparent Bucket technology,” said Bill Zak, Wheel Loader Product Manager for Develon.

“When it’s paired with the AVM, our 2023 -7 Series wheel loaders will help operators and owners be more productive while increasing their visibility and safety.” 

In addition to the new smart tech, the 2023 -7 Series have cabs equipped with comfort features, increased bucket capacities and new fuel-saving technologies.

The redesigned lineup of innovative -7 Series wheel loaders delivers the next generation of performance, durability, comfort, fuel economy and versatility for construction, scrap handling, agriculture or mining.

Transparent Bucket technology

The exclusive Transparent Bucket technology helps minimize blind spots for wheel loader operators when the bucket is raised.

“The Transparent Bucket technology offers a supplemental view from a monitor inside the wheel loader cab,” Zak said. “The system has two cameras with protective guarding, one mounted high on the cab and one mounted low on the axle on the front of the machine. The system’s processor automatically adjusts the camera inputs into a single image that makes the bucket appear transparent on an in-cab monitor.”

With an unobstructed view in front of the wheel loader bucket, operators can see objects such as large rocks, construction materials, obstacles and people in front of the machine — objects that would otherwise be obstructed from view by the bucket. As well, since operators can “see through” the wheel loader bucket, it helps to dig into and precisely place material where it needs to go. This technology helps maximize productivity on the most challenging jobsites.

Around View Monitor

For additional visibility and safety on jobsites, Develon -7 Series wheel loaders have an AVM camera system. The system includes three cameras and several sensors mounted on the rear of the wheel loader, giving operators up to 270 degrees of enhanced visibility. 

“If there’s an object eight to 12 feet behind the machine, a flashing green caution box will appear, notifying the wheel loader operator,” Zak said. “A yellow caution box will show up if the object is four to eight feet and a red triangle and red border notification if the object is closer than four feet.”

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When wheel loader operators combine the AVM camera system, floor-to-ceiling side cab windows and the Transparent Bucket technology, they have nearly 360 degrees of visibility. This level of visibility can help reduce the possibility of the operator hitting another object on a busy jobsite.

Other Smart tech from Develon

The 2023 -7 Series wheel loaders are designed with other smart technology features that owners and operators can use to make meaningful improvements to the productivity of their operations.

  • Situation Awareness Technology (SAT) automatically monitors the machine’s activity and adjusts the wheel loader engine’s output to match real-time requirements of the hydraulic system and drivetrain 
  • Smart Guidance System analyzes operator driving habits and provides tips during operation on the Smart Touch display to improve their efficiency
  • Load Isolation System (LIS) improves wheel loader stability while moving, which can reduce cycle times, increase productivity and boost fuel efficiency
  • Smart Load weighing system tells the operator the weight of material in the bucket. All menus and settings are integrated into the Smart Touch screen

The Develon Fleet Management telematics system makes it easy for owners to monitor their fleet and manage maintenance to reduce operating costs. Using a smartphone, tablet or computer, owners can check machine location, operating hours, fuel usage, engine idle versus work time, error codes, engine and hydraulic oil temperature and various other data points