Rototilt Nominated for Electrical Connector at the World Demolition Awards
The World Demolition Awards were held in Toronto, Ontario, in October. Rototilt was nominated alongside 2 other companies for this award, Mantovanibenne from Italy, and Rotar from the Netherlands, who was eventually declared the winner with its RCC45 Concrete Cutter.
Rototilt was shortlisted in the “Innovation – Tools and Attachments” category, for its Q14 electrical connector. It increases reliability in fully automatic quick coupler systems.
It might seem like a small thing to focus on, an electrical contact in an industry with such large machines. But for Rototilt, improving the stability of the Q14 electrical connector has made a big impact for electronics in fully automatic coupling systems.
“The need for reliable electrical connection between an excavator and tools is increasing as technology develops,” said Hampus Jonsson, Business Area manager. “We discovered that existing electrical solutions that are connected automatically are too unstable and prohibit the development of new tools and technical solutions. We wanted to change that.”
The electrical contact is a prerequisite for a complete system of hydraulics and electronics in a fully automatic quick coupler. Everything from the safety lock to the control system relies on a stable electrical connector. For Rototilt, existing solutions did not cope with the high pressures, harsh environments, or their own demands on connection quality.
“With more pins and bigger contact surfaces, we have increased the connection reliability and enabled a higher data capacity,” added Mr. Jonsson. “It has a protected design and is completely watertight in the coupled position. In fact, the design makes it self-cleaning in the coupling sequence.”
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