John Deere Recognized for Engineering Excellence

The ComfortGard cab, available on the John Deere 3000 TWENTY and 4000 TWENTY Series Compact Utility Tractors, has earned the AE50 Award, presented each year by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The AE50 Award program recognizes companies for introducing new technologies, or advancing existing technologies, that can have a broad impact on areas or industries served by agricultural, food and biological systems engineering.

The ComfortGard cab features an intuitive automotive-like interior and has been designed to maximize operator comfort. An unobstructed foot deck allows for comfortable entry, exit and operation. Cabs are sealed and pressurized to maintain a comfortable dust-free operator environment. The offset cab mounting system provides noise levels as low as 78 to 80 decibels (measured at the ear), resulting in an ultra quiet ride. A best-in-class high performance climate-control system keeps operators comfortable, no matter how intense the outside elements may be.

Key in the development of the ComfortGard Cab was the state-of-the-art virtual reality technology employed by John Deere engineers. Virtual reality allowed design engineers to fully immerse themselves in a 3-D computer-generated world to efficiently explore a variety of options to address issues such as loader visibility, rear implement visibility, placement of controls, headroom, and entry and egress. John Deere engineers used VR to evaluate 11 different design alternatives while examining operators whose size ranged from the 5th to the 95th percentile.

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