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James Jones demonstrates new HiVision log-loading technology at APF 2018 in Warwickshire

21 September 2018

Visitors to APF 2018 taking place at Ragley Estate in Warwickshire this week are seeing double as James Jones & Sons Ltd’s two Volvo FH 500 HiVision loglift lorries are both on display this year.

Virtual Reality technology enables the Loglift 118s HiVision crane to be controlled directly from the driver’s cab with the crane operator viewing the rear-mounted crane arm through a VR headset, which is fed by high resolution images from a camera mounted on the crane itself.

Incorporating Loglift’s HiVision system means that the driver doesn’t have to leave the safety of the cab during the loading process and the crane itself is lighter.

James Jones invested in its first HiVision lorry earlier in the year and the company’s second HiVision lorry has just been delivered by HIAB with the journey south to the APF Show being its first official outing.

The two lorries, which are based at James Jones’ Mosstodloch sawmill, are fitted with the TIREBOSS  pressure control system, which allows the driver to deflate and inflate his tyres from the cab to increase traction in the forests and also to protect forest roads and tracks to ensure continued access during wet periods.

Each Volvo FH500 has an I-Shift automatic gearbox and are fitted with Michelin X-Works off-road tyres, the Nav Man vehicle monitoring system, Tamtron’s wireless weight system,  Wire-Watcher’s overhead cable detection alarms, Metsatek sub-frame, Exte A5 telescopic bolsters, white noise reversing alarm and PTO activated LED hazard warning lights.

David Leslie, Director of Harvesting at James Jones & Sons Ltd, said: “The APF Show has given James Jones a great opportunity to show the forestry profession how we are investing in our harvesting operations and also given visitors the opportunity to see the VR technology in action for themselves.

“Technology is impacting every industry sector and we hope that by investing in new technologies such as HiVision lorries will help us to attract the next generation of foresters and drivers into our business.”

Also on Stand J4 at APF 2018 with James Jones & Sons Ltd are Volvo, TIREBOSS, Michelin and the Timber Transport Forum.

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