Power management company Eaton announced its eMobility business launched a line of Eaton OMNEX Trusted Wireless mobile control solutions for heavy machinery and field operations. The 900 MHz two-way remote-control units allow for the wireless control of high-value machinery in harsh environments, including mining, construction, agriculture, locomotive, and marine markets.
“Our next generation of rugged, weatherproof OMNEX wireless controllers were designed with customer input, and offer a number of benefits, including enhanced safety and productivity for machine operators,” said Scott Adams, president, eMobility, Eaton. “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.”
On a construction site, the wireless controllers can operate heavy machinery, such as vacuum trucks, tow trucks, concrete mixers, and cranes. Remote operation provides a number of benefits, including reducing the amount of personnel on-site and keeping workers out of harm’s way. The units have a range of up to 1,650’ and can be programmed for a wide range of functions. For example, an operator could remotely control boom functions, rotate a mixer barrel, or raise and lower a crane, all 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 Eaton’s proprietary cyber security protocols to prevent the signal being hacked into by an outside source, while sophisticated control algorithms guarantee fail-safe operation, the company says. 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. They have been redesigned for better form, fit, and function, making them easier to hold and control. The control units also feature updated radios and lithium ion batteries for better performance.
Eaton’s wireless lineup offers flexible solutions for customers, and includes the following models:
- Hand-held TD110
- Hand-held TD1140 with optional E-Stop
- Pistol-grip TD2100
- Small belly-pack TD3100
In addition to the 900 MHz two-way wireless remote-control units, 2.4 GHz versions will launch later this year, the company says.