Mählers launches smart and safe control system for all equipment on truck
Following years of development and rigorous testing, Mählers’ new proportional control system, MC3, is now ready to be launched into the market. The system has been developed to enable softer, safer control and enhanced fingertip sensitivity when ploughing, planing, salting, gritting or emptying the tipper. MC3 is built to facilitate remote support which makes it possible to connect the control system via the mobile network and receive technical support regardless of the customer’s location. MC3 also meets the latest, leading machine safety standard, EN ISO 13849, making it one of the most secure control systems in the market for road maintenance products.
‘The task was to develop a modular control system with a focus on the right feel, ergonomics and highest levels of safety. We think we have succeeded in that, and so do our customers,’ says Ingemar Nyberg, CEO of Mählers and Project Manager for MC3.
MC3 is a proportional control system which means that all plough equipment can be controlled continuously. Furthermore, the software in MC3 is adapted to support other features such as sand and salt equipment, as well as tippers.
‘This is exactly what we mean by modular. Our ambition is for MC3 to successfully control all extra equipment on the truck,’ says Ingemar Nyberg.
Control of the plough and other equipment occurs via MIG2, an ergonomic and multifunctional joystick. Originally, the joystick was developed to control Engcon’s tilt rotators for excavators.
‘We already had a great joystick “in the family”, which meant the natural next step was to use it for Mählers’ own needs,’ says Ingemar Nyberg.
Support and updates to the MC3 software are possible via the ‘Mählers Control System 3’ app, which is available for download to Android phones via the Google Play store. Customers then call support, who are able to connect to MC3 regardless of the truck’s location.
‘The workshop has developed this approach to reading error codes, making adjustments to the system, sending software updates and so on, regardless of where the truck is. This will save many unnecessary journeys to the workshop,’ says Ingemar Nyberg.
MC3 has been test driven by 16 customers in Sweden and Norway - with excellent results. It will be available to order during the spring of 2019.