We would like to think that such synergy has opened a new window onto mechatronics, giving added value to components in vehicles for monitoring indicators such as load, deformations caused by high temperature, and many other parameters.
Together with Alcar, we have designed the first front-loader and telehandler with a comprehensive wireless sensor system.
The integration of Micro.sp® sensor technology allows users and OEMs to acquire historical data that was previously not accessible. The wireless system also assists operators in their work, with displays and alarms that can be triggered in case of overload or incorrect use of the machine.
The system’s gateway uses GSM/GPRS connectivity to send data to the cloud for remote storage and analysis.
Alcar products have been equipped with the following sensors:
Position sensors/inclinometers can detect the position of the arm in 3 axes.
Using multiple sensors determines the perfect distance, inclination and opening of the arm relative to the vehicle.
The wireless spindle is surely the most innovative of the sensors developed. Inside the pin we have integrated a number of wireless strain-gauge sensors capable of detecting the deformation of the spindle in all critical stress directions. Therefore, the same spindle mounted on a front-loader is able to return information and data on its use with the aid of bespoke algorithms in the firmware.
The spindle is also equipped with an accelerometer, inclinometer and temperature sensors for comprehensive mechanical analysis.
Acceleration and inclination are monitored by means of an integrated control system that can be installed in vehicles for monitoring use and efficiency.
Strain Sensors for telehandlers
The strain sensor is very useful for both telehandler arms and front-loaders to monitor a series of parameters including: the load, deformation, oil temperature, fatigue, and so on.
RFID Tool Identification
A small, active RFID helps to store (for up to 10 years) and send a unique identification code to the control units. Micro.sp® RFIDs are normally used for coupling implements to vehicles.
Micro.sp® technology is designed for the monitoring of vehicles.
A gateway, installed in the cabin, collects and sends data to a remote central server for storage and analysis. Parameters such as load, oil temperature, pressure, fuel consumption and many others can be integrated into the system for further mechanical performance analysis.
Vehicles become Web Data Collectors with built-in technologies for monitoring and communication.
A complete wireless CANBUS/ISOBUS gateway solution fitted with the Octo Telematics kernel module.
The GreenBox is a control unit capable of reading data from wireless sensors and processing data through powerful microcontrollers that relay inputs to the system. Data is sent to a dedicated onboard display as well as to the cloud via an integrated modem.
The box is equipped with a SIM-on-chip that allows remote activation, avoiding the need for activation by specialist operators.
This configuration is also equipped with a GPS module for vehicle location. The accelerometer and the gyro measure inertia and the inclination of the vehicle in a given position.