Cab air quality: A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF OPERATOR COMFORT
- Magazine Article
Review the design specs for any new haul truck, excavator, dozer or other off-road machine, and you're not likely to find requirements related to cab air quality-yet. However, standards are changing and the need to optimize cab enclosure environments for air quality will grow.
Consciously or not, equipment cab engineers ask themselves questions like these: What forces or factors can potentially harm operators in equipment cabs? How can design mitigate these potential hazards? It's thinking like this that has resulted in industry-standard operator enclosure safety features such as fall-on protection (FOPS) and rollover protection (ROPS) to counter accidental external forces, as well as ergonomic features inside the cab to prevent physical fatigue and discomfort.