Heavy / Off-Road Equipment | Power & Motion Technology | by Matt Gergeni | Apr 01, 2017
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. The original crane controls on Summit's trucks experienced reliability issues and insufficient battery life, resulting in unstable operations and potentially unsafe working conditions.
Magnetek first supplied Summit with ergonomically styled pistol-grip PGT transmitters to replace the trucks' poorly functioning wireless systems. Simultaneously, Magnetek also began developing a smaller, "mini" product that could be easily integrated into Summit's truck control systems due to its backwards compatibility with full-sized PGT transmitters. The Mini-PGT transmitter offers many of the same features found on Magnetek's larger pistol-grip transmitters, but in a weight and style similar to most handheld transmitters. Two Mini-PGT transmitter types were designed for Summit's truck applications: a primary control package and a retrofit control package, along with MHR and CAN-2 Radio Receivers.
As a family firm of crane specialists, JT Cranes has developed an innovative tracked platform intended to reduce the need for manual handling. The Magnetek Flex Pro transmitter is paired with the patented MHR radio controller, which combines the components of a radio receiver and up to 16 hydraulic proportional valve controllers into a single convenient unit, reducing costs and freeing up valuable space on equipment.