Technologies for ground vehicle operating on peat and soft ground area.
Publication Date : 19/06/2019
The Malaysian plantation sector is dominated by the oil palm industry, and this sector needs innovative in-house technologies to improve the productivity as well as reducing costs. The current oil palm area stands at 5.85 million ha, which are planted on various ground soil conditions. This wide range of topography will definitely require diverse technical specifications of capabilities of machines to accommodate it. A tracked machine is known for its ability to work under wet and soggy ground conditions but it is costly to maintain. MPOB has developed a new transporter where it can be run either with all four (4) wheels or a combination of front axle with conventional tyre while rear axle mounted with track. With this innovation the durability of track can be extended as it only be fitted to the machine when the ground condition is demanding it. The triangular track system fitted standard 4 x 4 transporter works well in areas that inaccessible to the conventional wheel type transporter and reduces the problem of uncollected bunches. With this machine it is envisaged that the recovery of fresh fruit bunches will be greatly improved.
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