BOBCAT is to launch a new system for its range of compact loaders, which will allow for the operator to control their machine remotely.
The system is compatible with Bobcat skid-steer, compact track and all wheel steer loader models equipped with the company’s selectable joystick controls. According to Bobcat, it is the first manufacturer to introduce a remote-control system as original ‘Plug&Play’ equipment, rather than offering it as an add-on development from a third party.
The new system will be commercially available later in the year.
“We first presented our remote control prototype at Bobcat Demo Days with excellent feedback from our customers, then subjected it to further improvements, testing and licensing, before finally introducing it as an easy ‘Plug&Play’ solution for existing machines for commercial launch,” said Jiri Karmazin, Loaders Product Manager Doosan Bobcat EMEA.
“The remote-control system can be used in many applications with the focus on limitless visibility, the ability to communicate with the surroundings without the need to be present in the cab, comfort enhancement for applications with noise, vibration and harshness or even in dangerous areas. This was the voice of our customers and the issues we observed on most jobsites.”
The new system comprises a portable and industrial radio remote-control solution that can be mounted and dismounted on machines ‘in a matter of minutes’. Being able to control the loader from outside the cab is said to offer the operator a ‘completely new and alternative opportunity’ in terms of visibility and communication.
Every remote-control kit is protected by a dedicated password, with two-way communication providing information about the loader on a 3.5-inch transflective colour backlit LCD display. The system provides most of the functions that can be performed via direct loader operation, including throttle, light, creep and float controls. There is also speed management control to ensure easier operation in certain applications, such as trenching, tilling and scarifying.
The system is supplied with two exchangeable batteries said to offer 20-hour battery life, and a protective case.