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

Sample Application: Deploying Well Inspection Cameras

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.

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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:

  1. How fast am I going?

  2. What direction am I going?

  3. Where am I?

Exciting, right? Contact us for specifics about how these motors could work for your application.

Sample Application: Windshield Wiper Systems for Delivery Vans

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. 

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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?

How To Measure Windshield Wiper Blades

Measuring windshield wiper blades is so simple, you might second guess yourself and wonder if there’s more to it. Nope!

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Use a tape measure to determine the length of the wiper blade along the rubber wiper edge. Round to the nearest inch, and there you go—you’ve got your wiper blade length!

We offer both framed and frameless standard duty wiper blades in our shop for all of your windshield-clearing needs.

Visit Us At BusCon 2018!

Are you headed to Indianapolis, Indiana for BusCon, the largest bus show in North America?  Yes?  Then stop by the AM Equipment booth to see our windshield wiper systems and DC gear motors in action.

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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!

Customer Spotlight: Dina Buses

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.

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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:

If you’d like more information on our windshield wiper assemblies for public transportation applications, get in touch!

Sample Application: Solar Panel Positioning

Not only can AM Equipment's DC Gear Motors lift, lower, deploy, retract, rotate, oscillate, open and close, they can also do elevation and azimuth positioning for solar panels.  

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What's azimuth positioning?  A very fancy term for rotation to follow an astronomical object--in this case, our very own sun.  Elevation positioning refers to the tilting motion of the solar panels to face the sun, no matter its height in the sky.

A solar panel that follows the movement of the sun is far more productive than a stationary one, and we’re proud that our DC Gear Motors support the green energy industry.

Sample Application: Windshield Wiper Systems on Dredges

File this one under "who knew these needed windshield wipers?"

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As it turns out, windshield wipers are very helpful on dredges.  They keep vision clear from the cab in all sorts of weather and water conditions.

Many dredge builders prefer our 230 Unitized Assembly or our 2 Driver Pantograph Plug & Play windshield wiper systems, since they offer great windshield coverage and arm/blade options.

History Lesson: Invention of the Windshield Wiper

One of the mechanisms for which AM Equipment is known is the Windshield Wiper Assembly, but we certainly didn't invent it.  The credit for that goes to Mary Anderson.

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In 1902, Mary took a trip to New York City.  She rode a streetcar on a blustery day and observed the driver's battle with the snow and sleet.  He couldn't see through the windshield, so he frequently hopped outside to manually clear the glass.  Needless to say, this was unpleasant for him as well as his passengers, who weren't thrilled about the chilly air or the delays.

Mary returned home and designed the first windshield wiper.  It was a blade on the outside of the windshield that was controlled by a lever on the inside, keeping the driver safe and dry.  In 1903, the US Patent & Trademark Office awarded Mary a patent for her device, but she was never able to sell the idea.

Luckily for us, Mary's invention was later revived and we're now able to provide windshield wipers to improve the safety of many transportation industries.

Meet Our Latin America Market Managers

Not only does AM Equipment serve the US market, but we also are fully staffed with Spanish-speaking representatives for the Latin America market.  We'd like to introduce our Latin America market managers--we're proud of their expertise with AM Equipment's capabilities and entire product line!

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Pavel Murillo Huerta

Customer Representative / Applications Engineer

Pavel covers the Mexico territory as a customer service representative. He is an electrical engineer who develops electronic devices to drive DC gear motors and wiper systems.

+52 1 55 1295 9038

pavel@amequipment.com

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Rafael Pantoja

Marketing Manager

Rafael covers the South America and Mexico territory as a customer service representative.

Office: +1 (541) 327-1546

Cell: +1 (503) 509-7065

rafael@amequipment.com

Avoid Slow Windshield Wipers on Trains and Light Rail

Do you know what's a drag?  Sluggish windshield wipers on your train.  Here's a tip to help you out.

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The nominally 12 V and 24 V wiper motors that power boat, truck and tractor wiper systems really operate at charging voltages of 13.5 V and 27 V, respectively.  However, many locomotive generating systems operate at 110 V and light rail often runs at 74 V.  They then use an inverter to step down high-voltage.

If you use a setpoint of 24 V or 12 V, you’ll end up with wipers that operate at a snail's pace. Instead, use setpoints of either 27 V or 13.5 V to pep up your wipers.

Easy, right?  Contact us if you've still got questions.

 

Windshield Wiper Systems for Bus Conversions

Are you spending your summer transforming a retired bus into a sweet home on wheels?  Don't forget to replace your crusty old windshield wipers before you hit the highways and byways!

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If you have an older bus, you'll most likely need to replace your wiper blades.  Are the old ones leaving streaks, chattering, or squeaking?  That's a yes.

You may need to replace the whole shebang.  In that case, take a look at our MCI Wiper / Washer System Replacement Kit.

Keep that windshield clear.  Safety first!

Be Road-Trip-Ready with New Windshield Wipers

Seeing the Southwest in your RV?  Good for you!  Expect a dusty windshield.

Meandering down the coast in your motorhome?  Stunning!  Be ready for salt spray.

Doing the I-10 route in your rig?  Awesome!  Watch out for summer storms.

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Whether you're traversing the country or heading out for a long weekend, check the windshield wiper blades on your recreational vehicle before you go.  You may need a fresh set to keep your visibility at its best through insects, dust, and weather.  

The easiest way to replace your windshield wiper blades is to go with the style you already have.  The most popular types for RVs are 28" and 30" blades, either framed or frameless.  Place your order, then check out Atlas Obscura to plan some roadside stops!

NEW PRODUCTS: Marine Windshield Wiper System Kits (+EXTRA SAVINGS)

How does AM Equipment celebrate boating season?  By offering two new Marine Windshield Wiper System Kits at MORE THAN 20% SAVINGS

 Radial Kit

Radial Kit

 Pantograph Kit

Pantograph Kit

We streamlined options to make ordering easy:  just choose the radial kit or the pantograph kit according to your windshield size and shape.  (Hint:  shorter, wider glass should use radial and square or taller glass should use pantograph.)

Kits include a 212 single speed wiper motor, a wiper arm, and a wiper blade, plus a pantograph adapter for the pantograph kit.

Whether you're replacing an old system that's no longer running up to snuff or your boat never had windshield wipers to begin with, one of our kits can improve your vision on the water, rain or shine... hopefully shine, though.

Upgraded Design: New Pivot Seals

In support of our customers who operate transit bus fleets in Colombia and Peru, AM Equipment developed a new windshield wiper pivot shaft seal that offers additional protection in harsh, humid environments.

Unlike the old seal, the new seal completely surrounds the pivot shaft and housing to prevent water and contaminates from entering the pivot bearing.  It is available on our Plug & Play Wiper Assemblies.

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Our new seal has also proven to extend the service life of wiper systems installed on delivery trucks operating in the US heartland, where record cold winters have increased the use of road deicing salt brine solutions.

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By developing continuous improvements, we at AM Equipment are contributing measurable value to our customers' products.

Contributed by Mike Fiske

What's Your Windshield Wiper Park Position?

“Park position” refers to the place wipers stop when the system is turned off.  We designate the park position by which direction the arm travels to reach that location, either clockwise (CW) to park or counter-clockwise (CCW) to park.  These terms speak to directions as viewed from outside the vehicle looking in.

Confusing?  A little.  These diagrams should help.

 Radial Park Positions

Radial Park Positions

 Pantograph Park Positions

Pantograph Park Positions

For more definitions and answers, visit our Glossary & FAQs page.