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!
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.
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.
File this one under "who knew these needed windshield wipers?"
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Rafael covers the South America and Mexico territory as a customer service representative.
Office: +1 (541) 327-1546
Cell: +1 (503) 509-7065
Do you know what's a drag? Sluggish windshield wipers on your train. Here's a tip to help you out.
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.
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!
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!
Toy haulers and RVs are like Swiss Army knives--every inch of space must pull double duty. To that end, larger beds often stow up against the ceiling during the day, then descend for use at night.
AM Equipment's DC Gear Motors provide the ideal amount of power to lift and lower the beds with less ampere draw than the competition. Plus, they're quiet!
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.
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!
How does AM Equipment celebrate boating season? By offering two new Marine Windshield Wiper System Kits at MORE THAN 20% SAVINGS!
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.)
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.
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.
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.
By developing continuous improvements, we at AM Equipment are contributing measurable value to our customers' products.
Contributed by Mike Fiske
“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.
For more definitions and answers, visit our Glossary & FAQs page.
AM Equipment's new Director of Marketing may look familiar. That's because Mike Fiske, formerly AM Equipment's Regional Business Development Manager, was appointed to this position effective April 2.
We're excited to welcome Mike to this new role, where he will oversee Marketing Managers and Specialists as they put forth a unified vision of AM Equipment.
Mike started at AM Equipment in 2009, and his prior experience includes small business ownership as well as Operations and Marketing Manager positions. Though he originally hails from California, we have adopted him as an honorary Oregonian because he never complains about the rain. After all, it's good for business!
In early May, AM Equipment opened a new distribution and manufacturing center in LaGrange, Indiana. From this location, we will better serve the Midwest market with speedy shipping and quick order turnaround times.
We sent Steve, a long-time AM Equipment employee (and native hoosier!) to head up operations in Indiana. Obviously he was the perfect choice and our outpost is in good hands.
In LaGrange, we are well-positioned to supply windshield wiper systems for various industries such as motorhomes, RVs, agricultural machinery, etc. We can also easily ship DC gear motors for RV / motorhome stair steps and accessories, bed lift motors for toy haulers and RVs, and practically any other application you can dream up!
AM Equipment is pleased to announce the addition of Sidney Chase as Vice President, effective May 23, 2018. In this role, Chase will be responsible for project management, overseeing manufacturing and engineering teams.
Chase joins AM Equipment after two stints at HP (formerly Hewlett-Packard) in Boise, ID, and most recently in Corvallis, OR, where she served as Master Business Analyst / Senior Global Delivery Strategy Manager in support of the PageWide digital printing press organization. She also brings experience from past positions at ATS Automation where she was Director of Operations, Senior Program Manager, and Quality Assurance Manager. During her time as a NASA Fellow at the University of Idaho, Chase led a team of mechanical engineers researching the design of the traction system for the Mars Rover.
“We are excited to have Sidney join the AM Equipment team,” said Gary Pickett, President of AM Equipment. “We have no doubt she will significantly contribute to greater company value.”
“I’m excited and grateful for this new opportunity. I look forward to joining the team at AM Equipment and leveraging my experience to contribute to the success of the business,” said Chase.
There are a few ways to determine whether your current windshield wiper blades have overstayed their welcome.
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.
We are thrilled to offer our website in Spanish to better serve our Latin American market as well as our other Spanish-speaking customers worldwide.
Ever since we launched our new website in February, we've been working hard to translate all of the informational text into Spanish. Because of the technical language, it wasn't as easy as dropping it into Google Translate!
Estamos felices de ofrecer nuestra página web en español para servirle mejor a nuestros clientes en Latino América e igual a otros clientes que hablan español por todo el mundo.
Desde nuestro lanzamiento de nuestra nueva página web en Febrero, hemos trabajado duro para traducir toda la información a español. Por lo técnico del lenguaje en el mundo de sistema limpiaparabrisas, no era tan fácil como solo poder traducir todo en el programa Google Translate.
Our translation team included Jorge, Alexander, Rafael, and Pavel, all engineers or market managers at AM Equipment with expertise in our product lines. We're proud of their work on this project, so check it out, starting with the DC Gear Motor Applications page.
If you need assistance in Spanish, contact us via email or give us a call.
Nuestro equipo de traducción incluye a Jorge, Alexander, Rafael, Pavel y todos nuestros ingenieros y gerentes de ventas en AM Equipment con mucha experience en nuestra lineas de productos. Estamos orgullosos de todo su trabajo en este proyecto, así que denle su visto bueno, empezando con la página de Aplicaciones para los Motorreductores a CD.
Si necesita asistencia en español, contáctenos via email o háblenos por teléfono.
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.
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.
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!