Other design aspects focus on intuitive operation, comfort and ergonomics. The 5-in-1 joystick installed in the value models, or the multifunctional joystick integrated into the S models, enables all essential operating functions to be carried out using single-arm operation, so that the driver's left hand remains safely on the steering wheel at all times.
Even before its official market launch, the new T46-7 model won two design awards.. The German Design Council named this telescopic handler as the winner of the renowned "German Design Award 2018" in the transportation category for its ideal visibility and its dynamic appearance. It also won the "Red Dot Product Design Award 2017".
The spacious cab, the tilting steering column, various adjustable seat versions and the intelligently designed operating and switch system improve ergonomics and therefore create optimum comfort. This is additionally supported by the very wide range of options available ex-works. These include the "Liebherr comfort drive", a driving vibration damper for comfortable driving with low vibrations, as well as camera systems, lubrication systems and different lighting packages for optimum illumination of the work environment. The manual control package, which can be used to conveniently match the speed of the travel drive and the working hydraulics to the requirements of the specific usage case, is especially innovative.
A wide range of additional options allows the new telescopic handlers to be configured for specific applications. For instance, Liebherr offers its customers ex-works a reversible fan for cleaning the radiator and additional safety guards or covers for the travel drive and main frame. Automatic pressure relief for the working hydraulics in order to make replacing tool attachments simple, an additional hydraulic circuit for actuating further functions on the boom head and a separate control option for the hydraulic oil flow rate in the working hydraulics are also offered.
In March 2015, Liebherr-Werk Telfs GmbH entered into an OEM partnership with the Claas Group. This collaboration involves the development, production and supply of significant quantities of telescopic handlers. As a result, Liebherr will in future be able to access additional sales potential in the agricultural sector in addition to the traditional target segments of the construction industry. The first telescopic handlers will be delivered to Claas in January 2018.