Cabin Roof

Agricultural & Construction Equipment

As the time spent in these types of equipment can be very long, operators expect a higher level of comfort in their machines, rivalling with automotive or truck interiors. With increasing engine size and increasing crop harvest throughput, OEMs are raising the noise reduction levels with each new model launch.

OEM Key requirements

  • A high quality woven decorative textile, improving customer experience and perceived quality

  • Cut-and-fit of the highest precision

  • Improved acoustic performance over the previous models, target < 80 dB (A)

  • Reduced assembly and logistics costs

The Vitalo Group response : a Vitalo solution

  • Co-design & Co-engineering

  • A bespoke complex of polyester fibres and PU foam compressed to a 3D shape and laser cut

  • In-house acoustic validation

  • Pre-assembled with metal thread inserts and accessories

  • Time-to-market : prototypes in 5 weeks, SOP 12 weeks

  • In some cases, combination with thermoformed parts to accommodate air ducting solutions

  • PPM rates the lowest in the segment

Cassiopeia project for John Deere

John Deere and Vitalo have developed several successful body panel solutions over the years.
Vitalo's baler doors for instance are praised by John Deere customers for their attractive look as well toughness and functionality on the field. When the T-Series harvester was up for renewal, Vitalo was partner choice for the redesign and optimization of the cover panels.
John Deere's demand was very brief and straightforward.

OEM Key requirements

  • Improve operator's maintenance work conditions

  • Exterior finish to protect and convey John Deere's brand image

  • Integrate multiple functions rather than just 'making a new side panel"

  • Cost effective

The Vitalo Group response : a Vitalo solution

  • Migrate from SMC to thermoforming, in order to avoid painting costs and reduce weight

  • Close co-engineering between the two companies

  • Double skin thermoforming concept to allow invisible integration of air duct, light pockets and fixing points

  • High gloss finishing

  • Very largest parts efficiently moulded on one of Europe's largest and fastest rotary thermoforming machines

  • Intelligent assembly allowing plug & play at the customer's line

OEM Key requirements

The Vitalo Group response : a Vitalo solution

OEM Key requirements

The Vitalo Group response : a Vitalo solution