ROPA Tiger 6S - greatly improved efficiency paired with digital networking in the most powerful sugar-beet lifter worldwide from the leader in the market
ROPA adds the Tiger 6S to its range of self-propelled sugar-beet lifters. It will be in series production in time for the 2020 harvest. After several years of field testing, pilot models are already in operation in parts of Europe for the 2019 season. A new generation of extremely high-performance computers forms the telematics centre with predictive analytics, online diagnostics and partially autonomous sugar-beet harvesting. The Tiger 6S now occupies the premium segment in the market and with its advanced computer architecture it is considerably more than the technical and visual continuing development of the current Tiger 6.
Printout of the innovative new developments in the exterior design of the Tiger 6S
The new image of the ROPA Tiger 6S symbolises digitalisation and Agriculture 4.0. The light-blue line shows and represents the networking of the Tiger internally and externally with the R-Connect online portal. The new product logo is based on the smooth geometric shapes of the low poly style. The play of light and shadow gives the Tiger 6S even greater depth and dynamic. The striking colouring with dark-grey outside contours harmonises with the pale aluminium grey and bright yellow. The Tiger is designed for pride in ownership, to arouse emotion and at the same time to meet the promise of quality.
Two engine variants - with mega-torque – extremely economical
Volvo Penta TWD1683VE with 796 hp/585 kW
Volvo Penta has designed this engine specifically for operation in the Tiger 6S. With 16.12 litre capacity, common rail injection, SCR catalytic converter and AdBlue, this engine type delivers its energy even more efficiently and is much cleaner.
This powerful package with its dual turbochargers generates a huge maximum torque of 3650 Nm. At only 1000 rpm it already generates 3550 Nm, enabling the machine to save fuel and lift beets longer in the low speed range. With its modern technology this diesel engine complies with EU V emission category even without exhaust gas recirculation.
The basis for greater daily output at less fuel consumption and even more power at lower speeds.
Volvo Penta TAD1643VE-B with 768 hp/565 kW
With a capacity of 16.12 litres and pump-nozzle injection (PDE), the engine of Tiger 6Sa is the reliable and robust power package, that many customers already know and appreciate from Tiger 6a. This engine does not require AdBlue, SCR catalyst and exhaust gas recirculation. A powerful torque of 3,260 Nm is transmitted by the stepless traction drive at optimal efficiency. This engine will no longer be available in the EU from the year 2021 due to changes in legislation.
Panorama cabin with improved, comfortable operation and two R-Touch displays
In comparison with the predecessors, the Tiger 6S has two 12.1-inch operating terminals with high pixel density resulting in even sharper resolution. Operation at the terminal with interactive buttons is even more intuitive and uses the same logic as tablets and smartphones.
In addition to the machine functions, two separate video streams can also be shown on the R-Touch display on the left A-pillar.
R-Connect Online Portal
R-Connect telematics module and remote diagnostics as standard equipment
The ROPA Tiger 6S comes with the efficient telematics hardware including SIM card for online access as standard equipment. The telematics module is thus the basis for proactive Service 4.0, particularly for predictive analytics and fast assistance and diagnostics if service is required on any continent. If service work is required, the service technician can link directly to the terminal and the machine controller to assist the driver with resolving the problem.
R-Trim - automatic defoliator height adjustment
At the Agritechnica in Hanover ROPA presented two new developments that automatically adjust the working depths of the harvesting attachment on the Tiger 6S:
• R-Trim - automatic adjustment of the defoliator height
• R-Contour - automatic share depth adjustment of the individual rows at the RR lifting unit
Both systems adapt their working depth to the changing conditions in the beet crop throughout the field. The automatic systems react to different crown heights or to ground unevenness crosswise to the direction of travel. The currently used measuring system at the scalper has been extended by an additional measuring system for recording the ground contour directly at the beet rows.
Automatic share depth adjustment of the individual rows at the RR lifting unit
The driver uses the joystick on the operating console to set the lifting depth as required and thus defines how deep the lifter share will penetrate the soil. Ultrasonic sensors beside every beet row record the ground surface contour. A new, powerful on-board computer processes the measured values and ensures that the lifting depth is maintained in accordance with the ground contour. Compared to the previous systems for automatic adjustment of single rows, this system has many advantages, particularly with higher growth in beet rows beside lanes.
R-Balance - hydraulic chassis with slope compensation
Slope compensation up to 10%
The automatic slope compensation via six hydraulic cylinders and sensors is also unique among 3-axle sugar beet harvesters. The chassis is kept completely horizontal for up to 10 percent side slope. The gravity centre and, thus, the load of the wheels on the slope bottom side are shifted to the slope top side.
Centre of gravity and soil pressure compensation
The track depth of the wheels on the slope bottom side is substantially reduced, the infiltration capacity is retained, thus significantly reducing erosion risk during heavy rains.
The slope stability and traction increase greatly, the risk of tipping over is considerably reduced alongside with increased driving comfort.