Wireless mobile control solutions

Manufacturer’s eMobility business has upgraded its line of Omnex Trusted Wireless solutions for mixer trucks, cranes and heavy construction equipment. The 900 MHz two-way remote-control units allow for the wireless control of high-value rolling stock in harsh environments.

The new eMobility wireless lineup offers flexible solutions for heavy duty truck and heavy equipment operators, and includes the following Omnex models: Hand-held TD110, Hand-held TD1140 with optional E-Stop, Pistol-grip TD2100 and Small belly-pack TD3100.

“Our next generation of rugged, weatherproof Omnex wireless controllers were designed with customer input, and offer enhanced safety and productivity for machine operators,” says Eaton eMobility President Scott Adams. “Overall, we’ve improved upon the reliability and connectivity that was always a benefit over the competition—and we continue to advance our wireless technology in those areas.”

Remote operation of heavy duty trucks and heavy equipment, he adds, reduces the amount of personnel on-site and keeps workers out of harm’s way. The new Omnex units perform at distances up to 1,650 feet and can be programmed for a wide range of functions. For example, an operator can remotely control mixer drum functions, or raise and lower a crane from a safe distance. The wireless controls can also be programmed to provide feedback via a screen, haptic response or sequenced light-emitting diodes. This function can be used to signal an operator when a crane is fully extended or be programmed to display the amount of weight a trailer is carrying.

The units have undergone proprietary cyber security protocols to prevent the signal being hacked into by an outside source, while sophisticated control algorithms guarantee fail-safe operation. Each controller can be programmed to connect with a vehicle that has been equipped with a receiver installed in the electronic systems of a remote vehicle or machinery.

The wireless controls are compliant with Ingress Protection Code 65 & 67 (IP65 & IP67) ratings, which are “dust tight” and protected against water spray as well as complete, continuous submersion in water. The new control units also feature updated radios and lithium ion batteries. In addition to the 900 MHz two-way wireless remote-control units, 2.4 GHz versions are set for near-term launch. — Eaton Corp., Southfield, Mich., www.Eaton.com/wireless