At Bauma 2019, Liebherr presented a comprehensive range of intelligent assistance systems for selected wheel loaders from the corporate group. These include, for example, active rear person recognition, front area monitoring and the Skyview 360° camera system. These solutions increase safety and reduce the burden on the machine operator, whose everyday work with the wheel loader brings with it a significant weight of responsibility. Another assistance system is the new weighing device, which functions as a control scale over a large lifting range. All the new assistance systems have been developed by Liebherr and are therefore fully integrated into the machine control. This also applies to the new joystick steering for models from the L 526 to the L 586 XPower. The intuitive operation of the joystick enables the operator to steer accurately and without fatigue, as its position always corresponds to the wheel loader's current articulation angle.
From the compact L 506 wheel loader to the largest model, the L 586 XPower, Liebherr presented a cross section of all wheel loader size classes at bauma 2019. These include three power-split XPower large wheel loaders with a variety of intelligent assistance systems. The first of these is an L 550 XPower, which demonstrated a number of new assistance systems several times a day in a live show at the Liebherr stand. The second is an L 580 XPower equipped with assistance systems and a 13 m³ high-dump bucket for industrial use. The third wheel loader is an L 586 XPower weighing over 32 tonnes with new joystick steering and an operator's cab without a steering wheel.
New joystick steering with force feedback and position control
The new joystick steering is an innovative steering system available as an option for wheel loader models from the L 526 to the L 586 XPower. It enables the operator to steer comfortably with one hand. Particularly where the work involves numerous steering maneuvers, the joystick steering system saves energy and makes the work less physically strenuous as short movements on the ergonomically shaped joystick replace cranking of the steering wheel. The left arm stays comfortably on the armrest and because the travel direction can be changed with a switch on the control element, the left hand remains on the joystick even when changing direction.
As well as having the option of joystick steering, the L 566 XPower to L 586 XPower models are available with an operator's cab without a steering wheel and steering column. In this version, the XPower wheel loader's spacious cabin offers even more room for the driver along with an optimized view of the working attachment.