T-series Harvester

Product: Thermoforming
Market: Agricultural & Construction Equipment
OEM key requirements:

John Deere and Vitalo have developed several successful body panel solutions over the years. John Deere customers, for instance, praise Vitalo’s baler doors for their attractive look as well as toughness and functionality in the field. When the harvester model Cassiopeia (or T-Series) was up for renewal, Vitalo was the partner of choice for the redesign and optimisation of the cover panels. John Deere’s demand was succinct and straight forward:

  • Improve operator’s maintenance work conditions
  • Cost effective
  • Exterior finish to protect and convey John Deere’s brand image
  • Integrate multiple functions rather than just “making a new side panel”
The Vitalo response:
  • Migrate from SMC to Thermoforming, in
    order to avoid painting costs and reduce
    weight
  • Double skin thermoforming concept to allow
    invisible integration of air ducts, light pockets
    and fixing points
  • High gloss finish
  • Very large parts efficiently moulded on one
    of Europe’s largest and fastest rotary thermoforming machines
  • Intelligent assembly allowing plug & play on
    the customer’s production line
Credits: Photo & video: John Deere