Manufacturers are also taking cues from the automotive industry when it comes to CTL cab design. Optional features such as deluxe instrumentation and control systems, enhanced climate control and air-ride seats are becoming commonplace.
“You will see the evolution to automotive-type cab designs, with many more creature comforts, in the future,” Wade predicts. “If an operator is spending eight hours a day in a CTL, they want the simple things like a radio, somewhere to plug in their cell phone and stash their lunch box.”
“Basically, it all boils down to this,” says Fitzgerald. “If you can analyze the work you will be doing, and take into account the operators who will be doing it, you will be able to choose the right machine with the right options/accessories, utilize it properly and have a cost-effective CTL for any application.”