Applications

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.

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: 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!

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!

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?

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.

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.

 

Application Spotlight: EZ-F Powered Clutch

Adaptive Technology, LLC developed their EZ-F (Electric Zero-Force) powered clutch system to assist motorcyclists with left hand and arm issues by reducing the required handle pressure from 11-15 lbs down to 8-10 oz.  Their product found a broader market, though, beyond those with reduced hand strength:  anyone who rides in heavy traffic and constantly pulls the clutch handle can benefit from upgrading to an EZ-F.

Image courtesy of Adaptive Technology, LLC

Image courtesy of Adaptive Technology, LLC

When Adaptive Technology, LLC, was seeking the perfect motor for their application, they were thrilled to find AM Equipment's 218 Series DC Gear Motor.  It is an 18 Nm motor, and they're using the 12 V version with the left-hand housing.

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We're excited to be part of this new and empowering product.

An added bonus:  Adaptive Technology, LLC is based in Oregon, just like AM Equipment!

Image courtesy of Adaptive Technology, LLC

Image courtesy of Adaptive Technology, LLC