Customer Spotlight: Sutter Buttes Manufacturing

AM Equipment windshield wiper systems clear the glass on many Sutter Buttes Manufacturing orchard tractor cabs, including their award-winning SBM – Low Pro Cab 532. This sweet cab, made for Case and New Holland Orchard Tractors, recently took home 2019 World Ag Expo Top 10 New Product honors!

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The SBM Low Pro Cab is specifically designed for driver comfort and safety. It is for use in almond, walnut, and other orchards and features a welded unibody rollover-protection structure. Sutter Buttes Manufacturing loaded this cab with all the amenities: AC, ergonomic controls, radio, bullet-proof glass, work lights, limb lifters, and, of course, AM Equipment windshield wiper systems.

For this application, we provide our 212 Series DC gear motor with a radial standard duty wiper arm. This set-up is ideal for these orchard cabs because of the simple installation, no pinch points inside the cab, reduced snag points on the wiper arm, and adjustable arm length.

We’re proud to supply wiper systems to this innovative and quality-driven company. Congratulations on the award, Sutter Buttes Manufacturing!

5:1 Gear Box & 214 Series Motor Assembly

AM Equipment’s gear box and motor assembly makes light work of many tough applications, such as deploying and retracting powered steps, lifting and lowering bay doors, and opening and closing sliding doors. This motor and gear package features an output shaft supported with dual ball bearings to increase strength and durability.

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Our gear box features a 5:1 gear ratio and comes standard with over center locking linkage. Custom linkages are available, or it can be ordered without linkage. This combination includes our 214 Series 14 Nm DC gear motor, which is 12 V.

An added bonus? The system is engineered and assembled in the USA!

214 Series DC Gear Motors - So Many Applications!

AM Equipment’s 214 Series features make it perfectly suited for a huge range applications.  Because of the 214’s unique bushing system and power take-off shaft, it can handle heavier side loads than competitors’ motors.  The result?  It is perfect for driving a gearbox, linear actuator, or rotary actuator.

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Sample Applications:

  • Opening/closing valves

  • Locking doors

  • Powering gates

  • Opening/closing greenhouse windows

  • Enabling the mobility industry

  • Opening/closing RV or bus doors

  • Opening/closing RV or bus compartments

  • Deploying/retracting hose reels

  • Lifting/lowering beds in RVs or toy haulers

  • Deploying/retracting powered steps

214 Series Features:

  • 14 Nm stall torque

  • 90 rpm no-load

  • Offset bolt pattern for use with sprockets and drives

  • Self-locking

  • Resists backdrive

  • Internal circuit breaker protected

  • 10 mm diameter double flat power take-off shaft

  • Power take-off shaft extends from motor housing plane

  • Waterproof connector

AM Equipment at FDIC International

AM Equipment’s windshield wiper systems were well represented at the recent FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference) International in Indianapolis, Indiana. While walking the floors, our team noticed the following familiar products:

AM Equipment’s  Heavy Duty Wiper System  on a Spartan Cab

AM Equipment’s Heavy Duty Wiper System on a Spartan Cab

AM Equipment’s Overlapping  Commercial Duty Wiper System  on an Avenger Cab for Rosenbauer

AM Equipment’s Overlapping Commercial Duty Wiper System on an Avenger Cab for Rosenbauer

AM Equipment’s  3-Pivot Opposed System  on a Warrior Cab for Rosenbauer

AM Equipment’s 3-Pivot Opposed System on a Warrior Cab for Rosenbauer

AM Equipment’s  Heavy Duty Wiper System  on an EONE Cab

AM Equipment’s Heavy Duty Wiper System on an EONE Cab

Need a windshield wiper system solution for your vehicle? Get in touch!

Customer Spotlight: Indi Igeniería y Diseño

Indi Engineering and Design is a group in Monterrey, Mexico. Indi is directed by Jesus Tamez-Duque, who graduated from Tec de Monterrey. Their main focus is to create products that make life easier for others.

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One of Indi’s spotlight products has the challenge to designing an affordable pediatric exoskeleton. In order to have the whole world’s input, Indi has made the exoskeleton, named Alice, an open source program. Alice will help kids walk on their own two feet. In addition to Alice, a second project is being worked on that will help support and move a single knee, named Aknee (pronounced Annie).

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Thinking out of the box led Indi to our AM Equipment’s 226 series DC gear motor. Our motor meets all of their requirements; power, two way rotation, availability, and price. Additional features like electronic locking, metal gear, and low amperage draw just add icing to the cake!

What awesome product can you design using one, or multiple, of AM Equipment’s motors?

-By Rafael Pantoja

Visit AM Equipment at the Work Truck Show, March 5-8!

Headed to Indianapolis for the Work Truck Show? Stop by AM Equipment’s booth, #5561 to see our motion solutions in action. We’ll be demonstrating our rotary and linear actuators for a whole range of applications, such as lift gates, van ramps, hose reels, truck bed slides, and windshield wiper systems.

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Sample Application: Van Ramps for Accessibility

You know AM Equipment specializes in linear and rotary actuators, right? Well, as it happens, our DC gear motors work quite well in many accessibility applications, including van ramps. They can deploy and retract ramps like nobody’s business.

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Maybe you’re outfitting vans for wheelchair users. Maybe you’re tricking out vehicles for mobile DJ equipment and want to offer your customers easy loading/unloading options… who knows? Either way, our DC gear motors are a top-notch controlled motion solution for your application. Contact us to discuss the possibilities.

AM Equipment Wiper Systems on the NUTMobile!

Did you catch the Super Bowl? More importantly, did you watch the great commercials during the big game? If so, you probably noticed the Planters ad featuring Mr. Peanut careening through the streets in his NUTMobile, rushing to save Alex Rodriguez from sub-par snacks, passing Charlie Sheen on the way.

Guess whose wiper system cleared the windshield for Mr. Peanut… AM Equipment’s!!!

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Our Applications CAD Specialist, Rene Widger, worked with our customer to design a system specifically for the NUTMobile, and the whole Super Bowl-watching nation saw it! The NUTMobile uses two of our 230 Unitized Assemblies with 21” Commercial Duty Wiper Arms and 20” Wiper Blades.

Great job, Rene! We’ve never seen a nuttier application of our wiper systems (groan).

Sample Application: Automated Hose Reels

Our new 240 Series Long Life Motor is tailor made for tasks like deploying and retracting hose reels. In fact, it doesn’t matter whether you’re using hoses, cables, or cords—our motor will handle them all with ease. Oh! And your hose reel could be mounted in the back of your truck or freestanding. Either way works for the Long Life Motor.

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What’s so special about AM Equipment’s Long Life Motor for this application? The 40 Nm of stall torque can withstand the sustained workload required when extending or retracting a long cable, plus there’s an encoded option.

Sound interesting? Find more details or ask our team how the Long Life Motor can work for you.

Sample Application: Lift / Lower Catering Truck Awnings

Catering trucks are the Swiss army knives of the restaurant world: every element serves multiple functions in a tiny footprint. Case in point: awnings. By day, they shade customers from the elements; by night, they lock down tight to protect the truck from intrusion.

How best to open and close those awnings? With either our new 240 Series Long Life DC gear motor or our 214 Series DC gear motor, of course!

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AM Equipment’s Long Life Motors are an excellent option for this application because we can produce them to meet specific torque and speed requirements. That means they can lift various sizes of awnings, windows, or doors.

P.S. We also provide windshield wiper systems for catering trucks!

Looking for a 208 Series Motor? Try the 212 Series!

We’re streamlining our motor offerings, and to that end, we recently discontinued the 208 Series DC gear motors. Our 212 Series DC gear motors serve as direct replacements for 208s, but with more features (we know you love features).

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Here’s the nitty-gritty of the 212s as 208 replacements:

  • Still fit in small installation envelopes

  • Motor bracket replicates hole pattern of 208s for easy replacement

  • Both motors are single speed, clockwise or counterclockwise park

  • 212 Series motors park in the opposite direction from 208 Series; to maintain the same park position, use this wire harness if you have a plug-in harness

  • 212s have more torque, so they can run longer windshield wiper arm and blade combos

  • 212s are compatible with our motor covers (with and without rocker switch)

Find out more about the small-yet-mighty 212 Series DC gear motor assembly, or pop one in your shopping cart!

Sample Application: Windshield Wiper Systems for Snowplows

Winter wonderland or traffic nightmare?

By definition, snowplows operate in the worst weather. They’re out clearing streets so the rest of us can travel safely. At the same time, AM Equipment long-life wiper systems clear snowplow windshields so the drivers can see what they’re doing.

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Our wiper assemblies maximize visibility for snowplow drivers in all conditions and exceed SAE standards.  Since we use rigorous testing and quality control protocols, we offer the longest warranty in the industry:  two years.

AM Equipment windshield wiper systems can be engineered to resist oil, water, sand, and all types of weather—let us know what you need for your application!

Upgraded Design: 10 Liter Washer Bottles

We recently redesigned our 10 liter washer bottles. How different could a washer bottle get? As it turns out, our engineers found many ways to improve the design.

Unlike the old version, our new 10 liter washer bottles:

  • Can be used with our standard washer pumps or our high-performance sealed washer pumps

  • Are available with (or without) a fluid level sensor

  • Feature grooves on front and back surfaces for increased rigidity

  • Have larger mounting slots for more installation flexibility

  • Offer extra recesses for options such as remote filling if the cap isn’t accessible

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Those are just the new and improved parts! Find out more about the bottle’s standard features, or check them out in the shop.

AM Equipment's Adjustable Radial Windshield Wiper Arms

Our team saw the need for an improved wiper arm in the marine industry, then hunkered down in the lab to create it. Now, this feature-packed adjustable arm is available for boats as well as other applications.

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What makes our adjustable arms different?

First, they’re highly corrosion-resistant due to their stainless steel and composite components.

Second, since the arm length is adjustable, specialty boat builders (or anyone!) can buy a single kit or arm and it’ll fit any of their custom glass sizes. AM Equipment’s adjustable arms change length with a simple push lever for a perfect fit.

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Third, our arm mounting head angle is also adjustable. That means it will easily adapt to different pivot positions.

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Fourth, if you order the adjustable arm with the 1/2” drum mounting option, it includes a positive dual locking mechanism, which is unique in the industry. This keeps your wiper arms snugly attached to your boat.

If you just need one or a few adjustable arms, find them in our online shop:

Are you a manufacturer or do you need to make a large order? Contact us!

Sample Application: Rotary Actuation for Snowblowers

‘Tis the season for warm scarves, hot chocolate… and snow-filled driveways.

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Our 210 Series DC gear motors are doing their part to ease the hassle of clearing your path. The 210s are frequently used to accurately and automatically position snowblower chutes because of their superior rotary actuation. The result? Snow ends up exactly where you want it.

Why do snowblower manufacturers prefer our motors?

  • Readily available

  • Cost-effective

  • Durable in harsh environments

Interested in our motors for your cold or wet or salty or sunny or sandy conditions? Read more about our offerings, then get in touch!

Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us at AM Equipment!

We’re thankful for our customers! We hope your holiday is warm, happy, and full of good food!

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Don’t forget to check your windshield wipers if you’re driving over the holiday weekend. Equally importantly, don’t forget seconds of Great-Aunt Ruth’s sweet potatoes with marshmallows!

P.S. AM Equipment will be closed November 22 and 23 to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Customer Spotlight: Bright Coop, Inc.

AM Equipment has supplied windshield wiper systems to the forklift industry for decades, but our assemblies are now on a new variant: chicken-moving forklifts. Bright Coop, Inc. produces a large range of poultry-handling equipment, including these specialized forklifts.

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Bright Coop contacted us via our website earlier this year, and since then, our engineers have worked closely with theirs to put together ideal wiper systems.

If you’re interested in a wiper system for your specialty vehicle, whether it is out-of-the-ordinary or not, contact us to see what’s possible. Cluck cluck!

Improved Windshield Wiper Arms for the Marine Industry

Don’t worry—you can have them too, even if you don’t have a boat!

Our Standard Wiper Arms with 1/2” drum mounting have some terrific attributes for marine and other harsh environments. They are designed to pair well with our 212 Series DC Gear Motors, which are also popular for boats.

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First of all, our arms offer greater corrosion resistance than most others because of their stainless steel and composite materials. Our tension springs are stainless steel, plus the arms themselves are made of sturdy stainless steel flat wire.

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Another bonus: this arm is simple to install and maintain because a single set screw torqued to 40 inch pounds secures it to the pivot shaft. Just one hex wrench necessary!

AM Equipment’s Standard Duty Wiper Arms with 1/2” drum mounting are available in the following configurations:

AM Equipment's 214 Series DC Gear Motor

It looks like a window lift motor, but it is an everything motor!

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The 214 Series is frequently mistaken for a window lift motor, but its strengths and features make it indispensable for other applications instead.  It serves as a utility motor unconnected to a door system.

Qualities of the 214:

  • Self-locking

  • Resists backdrive

  • Internal circuit breaker protected

  • Double flat power take-off shaft

  • Power take-off shaft extends from motor housing plane

  • Waterproof connector

  • 12 V, LH housing

  • 14 Nm stall torque

  • 90 rpm no-load

Standard window lift motors run a gear that rotates on a fixed axle, which bends out of place with a side load.  Because of the 214's unique bushing system and power take-off shaft, it can handle a side load without bending.  The result?  It is perfect for driving a gearbox, linear actuating, and rotary actuating.

Sample applications:

  • Opening/closing valves

  • Locking doors

  • Powering gates

  • Opening/closing greenhouse windows

  • Enabling the mobility industry

  • Opening/closing RV or bus doors

  • Opening/closing RV or bus compartments

  • Deploying/retracting hose reels

  • Lifting/lowering beds in RVs or toy haulers