The Swedish company says that, from October 1, the previous system for controlling the bucket lock under the tiltrotator on excavators is being replaced by Engcon's standardised locking panel.
The previous system for controlling the excavator bucket lock under the tiltrotator will be replaced with Engcon's standardised locking panel, directing the driver's actions by means of an alert system to ensure correct positioning. Engcon says this simplifies the handling of the bucket lock with the hitch control function being standardised, regardless of the make and model of the excavator. It adds that this minimises the risks of dropped or swinging tools.
”We usually compare it to the fact that the accelerator and brake pedals would have different placements in a car depending on which car brand it is," says Martin Engström, product manager at Engcon. "In short, if a driver who changes from one excavator to another and can operate it in the same way, the risk of making mistakes with serious consequences is greatly minimised."
In addition to the standardisation of the locking procedure, Engcon says it is also impossible to activate the bucket lock under the tiltrotator while the bucket is hanging in midair – a safety function that it claims is unique to its locking solution.
”This reduces the greatest risk that a bucket or a tool is accidentally dropped when up in the air," says Engström. "Which can prevent both injuries and deaths."
The QSC locking system, together with Engcon's quick hitch Q-Safe, also has an audio visual warning system. The system warns with sound and light alarms if the bucket is connected incorrectly. As an accessory operators can also order a safety function that locks the excavator's turning movements, which further increases safety.