wipers

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!

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!

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!

Is It Time for New Wiper Blades?

There are a few ways to determine whether your current windshield wiper blades have overstayed their welcome. 

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First, take a look at them.  Does the rubber look cracked and brittle?  The result can be insufficient windshield wiping coverage.  Are the frames rusty?  That can happen when your blades have served you through winter weather or in a marine environment.  Also check to make sure the blades have good contact with the glass, since a bend can hinder them from doing their job.

The easiest way to know you need new blades is by using your current ones.  Do they leave streaks?  Make a squeaking sound?  Chatter across the windshield?  Probably time to say goodbye and start with fresh ones.  

How can you keep your blades working at their best as long as possible?  Make sure your windshield is clean, and never use your windshield wipers on dry glass.  Bear in mind, wiper blades aren't meant to last forever because rubber is a natural product that is affected by its environment.  We recommend inspecting your windshield wiper blades every six months and replacing as needed for maximum visibility.

How to Measure Wiper Arm Length

Wiper arm length is measured as the straight line distance from the center of the pivot shaft to the center of connection to the wiper blade.  The bridge width between the driver and idler of a pantograph arm is also measured “center to center."

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What if there’s a bend in the arm, as pictured below?  The same advice applies.  To determine the arm's length, simply measure the straight line distance from the center of the pivot to the center of the wiper blade connection.

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