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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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).
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.
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.
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!
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!
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).
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
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.
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!
AM Equipment’s offices will be closed from December 20 - January 1. Orders made during that time will be fulfilled upon our return. We’ll also tackle our voicemail and email inboxes at that time.
We wish you happy holidays and a prosperous new year!
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:
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
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.
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.
Third, our arm mounting head angle is also adjustable. That means it will easily adapt to different pivot positions.
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!
‘Tis the season for warm scarves, hot chocolate… and snow-filled driveways.
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?
Durable in harsh environments
We’re thankful for our customers! We hope your holiday is warm, happy, and full of good food!
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.
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.
For their front windows, they’ll use our Commercial Duty Double Driver Pantograph Plug & Play Assembly and 32” framed wiper blade with wash option.
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!
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.
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.
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:
It looks like a window lift motor, but it is an everything motor!
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:
Internal circuit breaker protected
Double flat power take-off shaft
Power take-off shaft extends from motor housing plane
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.
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
Looking for the perfect motor to send inspection cameras down into wells and then retrieve them safely? We’ve got just the thing: AM Equipment’s 226 Series DC Gear Motors or our new Long Life DC Gear Motors. Both motors are excellent choices for extended run intermittent use, which is what you need for long-distance deployment and retraction.
The 226 motor features a metal worm wheel for high-impact loads.
Our 240 Series Long Life DC Gear Motor uses a Delrin® high-contact ratio worm wheel for improved tooth engagement. The Long Life Motor is available with a two-channel encoder which can tele-control three vital pieces of information:
How fast am I going?
What direction am I going?
Where am I?
Exciting, right? Contact us for specifics about how these motors could work for your application.
If you manufacture delivery vans, you know they’re expected to perform in any weather. A little rain or snow doesn’t stop those trucks—they’ll roll through the neighborhood dropping off packages and riling up dogs no matter what!
Since inclement weather can hamper visibility for delivery drivers, AM Equipment offers dependable long-life windshield wiper systems to help them do their jobs safely.
AM Equipment’s wiper assemblies exceed SAE standards. Because of our rigorous testing and quality control protocols, we offer the longest warranty in the industry: two years!
Depending on your application, our systems can be designed to resist oil, water, sand, and all types of weather. That keeps delivery drivers on their routes throughout the seasons, including that one guy who wears shorts year-round. What’s his deal?
Measuring windshield wiper blades is so simple, you might second guess yourself and wonder if there’s more to it. Nope!
BusCon happens October 1-3 at the Indiana Convention Center. We're in booth #328, so put on some sensible shoes and come say hello!
Dina is one of the top three bus manufacturers in Mexico, and they’ve relied on AM Equipment for windshield wiper assemblies since 2008. Ten years! We probably need a cake to celebrate.
AM Equipment developed multiple wiper system solutions with the bus industry in mind, and Dina uses a variety of those systems.
Three examples of our projects with Dina:
Dina is the leading manufacturer of natural gas buses in Mexico, and their RunnerG and LinnerG lines use our 2 Driver Pantograph Plug & Play Assemblies.
In 2016, Dina became the first company to manufacture electric trolley buses in Mexico. Their electric Ridder line also uses our 2 Driver Pantograph Plug & Play Assemblies.
Just this year, Dina introduced their first port tractor units, which are equipped with our 1 Driver Radial Plug & Play Assemblies. A port tractor is pictured above.
If you’d like more information on our windshield wiper assemblies for public transportation applications, get in touch!