4 May, 2021
Indexator present smart rotators
Within existing rotator interface Indexator offer
smart rotator systems for semi or full automation
Rotator Systems AB continue to develop new, innovative solutions for customers
need of tomorrow. During year 2021 Indexator will fully launch smart rotator
systems, where angle and angle velocity can be sent back to the machine control
system. This is an important step to enable semi or full automation systems.
Innovation and product development are natural
ingredients within Indexator's daily operations. With 40 year's experience of
rotator manufacturing, Indexator have a market leading position. Besides
hydraulic rotators the company offer the widest range of links and swing
dampers suitable for most crane models and application areas.
Now the company takes a technology leap by
introducing smart rotators to the market. With the patented and verified
Indexator smart system, the rotator position and angle velocity will be sent
back to the base machines control system. This enables the possibility to
develop semi and full automation system on the rotator function.
- By using the smart rotator system
machine operations will be more productive and thereby more profitable for the
machine owner, says Emma Forsgren, Engineering Manager at Indexator.
Available within Indexators standard rotator
Indexator have long experience of developing
solutions for OEM and therefore understand the importance of compatibility. One
benefit with the smart rotator system is that it is available within Indexators
standard rotator interface towards crane tip and tool, which eliminates or
minimize need of hardware redesign.
- Besides using standard interface we have also
developed Indexator J1939 CAN protocol which furthermore
minimize the threshold for implementing the system, says Emil Hörnberg.
Indexator Rotator Systems
AB is a global leader in the manufacture of rotators, swivels and accessories.
Today, Indexator is an extremely strong brand in the forestry, material
handling and recycling industries all over the world. The company conducts world-class
R&D that includes a dedicated, in-house test lab that international
equipment manufacturers also turn to develop new products and functions. We
currently have about 110 employees and annual sales of around SEK 260 million.
A high proportion of our sales go to export, with around 80 per cent of
production being sold to more than 40 markets around the world.
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Diagnostic tool built-in to the system
Besides determining rotator position and angle velocity, the sensor also
have a palette of diagnostic codes which is sent back to the system.
- For safety reasons the sensor also sends redundant
signals to the CAN-BUS network, says Emil Hörnberg, leading engineer for the
smart rotator project.