The German Design Award sets the highest possible standards when it comes to selecting its prize-winners. Over 5,000 submissions are observed during a two-day judging session. The T46-7 telescopic handler and the XPower large wheel loaders succeeded in impressing the expert panel and were awarded this renowned prize. With regard to the T46-7 model, Liebherr presented one of its eight new telescopic handler models that are available now in a total of 26 different versions. With the iF and Red Dot prizes already under its belt, the German Design Award is the third prestigious design prize that has been awarded to the latest generation of large wheel loaders from Liebherr.
Liebherr telescopic handlers: Optimal visibility with a dynamic appearance
The application-specific demands required by telescopic handler operators resulted in the final design criteria for the new Liebherr telescopic handlers. The Liebherr developers placed the main focus on creating optimal visibility as well as intuitive and convenient operation.
The overall machine design was aimed at ensuring maximum visibility of the load at the front to give enhanced productivity, as well as to the side and rear, for maximum safety. This was primarily achieved thanks to the very low pivot point of the telescopic boom, as well as the sloping sides of the handler and an engine hood that follows the line of sight. With its continuous windscreen and internal slim-line ROPS/FOPS grid, adapted to the operator's sight line, the cab design also helps ensure maximum visibility of the load.
Additional design focus was placed on intuitive operation, comfort and ergonomics. The 5-in-1 joystick fitted in the Value models and the multifunctional joystick in the S-models, make it possible to perform all essential work functions with single-arm operation. This means the left hand stays securely on the steering wheel at all times, which is important in guaranteeing safe and efficient work.