Heavy / Off-Road Equipment | Power & Motion Technology | by Matt Gergeni | Nov 01, 2015
As a family firm of crane specialists, JT Cranes has developed an innovative tracked platform intended to reduce the need for manual handling. The D40 Tracked Carrier is designed to operate where forklifts and other machinery cannot manoeuvre. Mounted on continuous tracks and positioned low to the ground, the D40 can easily move across rough indoor or outdoor terrains and traverse ramps up to 40 degrees.
The D40 is able to carry loads up to four tons despite its compact design. Its load-carrying platform can rotate 360 degrees, allowing for enhanced manoeuvrability compared to traditional crane systems. JT Cranes looked to incorporate flexible and precise wireless controls into their carrier systems to enhance the D40’s versatility. The D40 required the highest levels of manoeuvrability for lifting in small spaces in order to move forward and backward, around tight corners, and fit through standard doorways.
Magnetek’s transmitter and receiver system improved the level of control operators had over the tracked carrier. Proportional control provided smooth movements for the safety of lifted loads and greater spatial control for manoeuvring the D40 in tight spaces. The Flex Pro and MHR integrated so easily with the D40 that JT Cranes plans to install the system on additional tracked carriers. The systems’ flexibility also makes future enhancements, such as engine start-up buttons, a simple modification.
Summit Truck Bodies, of Wathena, Kansas, custom designs trucks used for
the service and maintenance of heavy equipment such as bulldozers and excavators. Each of Summit's trucks requires the strength of a crane along with the flexibility of wireless controls to assist with repairs ranging from hydraulic cylinder leaks to concrete pillar installations. Magnetek's wide range of versatile radio controls provided the ideal solution to Summit's fleet of trucks.