Greatly improved efficiency paired with digital networking in the world's most powerful two-axle sugar-beet harvester from the international market leader
Sporty modern design with maneuverability and agility combines with a "workhorse" in the new Panther 2S for pure pleasure when lifting beets. There are sufficient power reserves for the most extreme lifting conditions, and using XL lifting attachment demonstrates the centerpiece of it all: the new 796 hp / 585 kW Volvo Penta inline engine with a maximum torque of 3,650 Nm and 16.12 liter capacity. The award winning and soil-protecting chassis system with roll stabilization and automatic slope compensation have been flawlessly integrated into the new machine design. A new generation of extremely high-performance computers forms the center for telematics, predictive analytics, online diagnostics and assistance systems for partially autonomous sugar-beet harvesting, just like in the Tiger 6S. The Panther 2S now occupies the premium segment of the two-axle market and, with its visionary computer architecture, is clearly more than just a technical and visual further development of the current Panther 2.
Further ingenious developments in the exterior design of the Panther 2S
The new image of the ROPA Panther 2S symbolizes digitalization, networking and Agriculture 4.0. The light-blue line shows and represents the networking of the Panther internally and externally with the R-Connect in the myROPA online portal. The Panther 2S is designed for pride in ownership, to appeal to emotions and at the same time to fulfil a promise of quality.
Driver cabin with new interior and two large 12.1" color displays
The cabin with its panoramic view, adopted from Tiger 6S, gives a generous feeling of space and functions as a center for artificial intelligence and partially autonomous sugar-beet harvesting. The driver's position in the Panther 2S is the visual manifestation of leadership in technology and the breakthrough into a new era of networking in the sugar-beet harvest. Operation of the terminal with interactive buttons as highlights in a clear color composition with a modern flat design is even more intuitive and corresponds to the logic of tablets and smartphones. Intentional contrasts increase legibility and usability.
Connection to myROPA with R-Connect telematics and remote diagnostics as standard
The standard integrated telematics module forms the basis for forward-looking Service 4.0, especially predictive analytics, as well as quick help and diagnosis in case service is required - on all continents. When service is required, if desired the service technician can switch directly to the terminal and the machine control and assist the driver, e.g. with problem-solving. The R-Connect in the myROPA portal is a perfect tool for drivers and managers for online order processing and optimization of machines and fleets.
Workhorse for hectare output
Extra long unloading conveyor for optimized overloading during lifting
The Panther 2S has enormous cleaning power. After the first strainer wheel with 68-inch diameter, two more follow, each with a diameter of 61 inches, before the beets are moved gently into the 39-inch wide bunker elevator.
The extra-long unloading conveyor was based on the length and concept of the Tiger 6. It is located between both axles, directly after the articulated joint. When loading on trailers driving alongside, the transfer angle is shallower. The unloading conveyer is 1,600 mm wide and foldable in 3 places. The Panther 2S impresses with its powerful bunker-emptying mechanism for faster truck loading on the move. Gentle polyurethane fingers guarantee high feeding capacity with short unloading times of as little as 50 seconds with a full beet bunker holding around 39 cubic yards.
Automatic slope compensation for stability and agile harvesting also on slopes
The automatic slope compensation via four hydraulic cylinders and sensors is unique among two-axle beet harvesters. The entire vehicle is inclined to the slope by up to 7 % and thus held horizontally. The lifting unit runs itself scanning the soil surface. Thus, the slope stability is significantly improved. Even in extreme situations, the Panther itself keeps stable where other harvesters would tip over. Furthermore, driving comfort is increased as the driver remains in an upright seating position. Same as the Tiger 6S, it also has a 3-axle gyroscope with acceleration measurement for centrifugal force compensation for even finer slope control.
Engine options - power packages with mega-torque and 16.12 liter capacity – extremely cost-effective
Same as the Tiger 6S, ROPA equips the Panther 2S with the reliable and cost-effective Volvo Penta six-cylinder inline engines. Depending on request and local laws, ROPA offers the following engines:
Volvo Penta TWD1683VE with 796 PS / 585 kW
Volvo Penta has designed this engine specifically for operation in the Tiger 6S and now it is integrated in the Panther 2S. With a capacity of 16.12 liters, common rail injection, SCR catalytic converter, and AdBlue, this type of engine provides power more efficiently and "cleanly." With doubled turbocharging, this power package generates enormous maximum torque of 3,650 Nm. Starting at 1,000 rpm, it provides 3,550 Nm, which means that you can harvest longer in the lower speed range and therefore save more fuel. With its modern technology, this diesel engine complies with the EU V emission category and the USA Tier 4f even without exhaust gas recirculation and particle filter.
Volvo Penta TAD1643VE-B with 768 PS / 565 kW
With a capacity of 16.12 liters and pump-nozzle injection (PDE), this engine is the familiar and reliable power pack used in the Tiger 6. This engine does not require AdBlue, SCR catalytic converter and exhaust gas recirculation. A powerful maximum torque of 3,260 Nm is efficiently transmitted by the stepless traction drive at optimal efficiency. Due to legal regulations, this engine is only available for markets outside the EU and the USA.
Direct power transmission with cardan shafts ensures very high torque and traction on all wheels
For the transmission of high drive power in the Panther 2S, ROPA offers no-compromise direct transmission via direct linear cardan shafts from the distributor gear to the rear axle and to the front axle. This guarantees top traction even in variable or difficult soil and harvesting conditions. In the road mode, the drive can be adjusted steplessly from 0 to 40 km/h at a reduced engine speed. And the new "intelligent main steering switch" automatically synchronizes the articulation and front-axle steering as well as the straight-ahead positioning of the rear axle.
Automatic topper height and ground-contour sensors for semi-autonomous guiding of the lifter attachment
At Agritechnica in Hanover, ROPA presented two new developments that automatically adjust the working depths of the harvesting attachment on the Tiger 6S. These have also been implemented in the Panther 2S.
• 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 to include 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
A new powerful on-board computer on the lifting unit reads all measured values within a split second and, with the aid of the newly developed software, changes the topper height or the lifting depth for the individual rows. The combination and interaction of both systems make the driver's work much easier and allows partly autonomous guiding of the lifter attachment. Topping losses due to changes in the condition of the crop are avoided without stress for the driver despite the reduction in the size of cut-off leaf stalks. This prevents not only the unnecessary pickup of soil by the lifting share and increased fuel consumption due to excessively deep lifting, but also root fracture of the beet if harvesting too flat.
Many new comfortable, useful details
Numerous new developments and optimized features offer additional benefits and comfort for drivers when operating the Panther 2S. For example, the machine is fully equipped with even more powerful LED lights, direction indicators and rotating beacons; a new design for the central electrical system; optimized working hydraulics for depth guides and cleaning units; a new machine controller that complies with current safety guidelines; an increased service-friendliness of the electrical and hydraulic systems.