Terex Utilities has announced the newest addition of its HyPower hybrid solutions – the Viatec SmartPTO. This product reduces idling, increases fuel savings, and minimizes noise and air pollution by utilizing stored plug in electric power to operate the equipment. The Viatec SmartPTO is available on a variety of Hi-Ranger telescopic, overcenter, and non-overcenter aerial devices and Commander and General digger derricks.
The Viatec SmartPTO has multiple pump and motor configurations so it can be installed on a wide range of Terex Utilities products. The system is largely self-contained, and can be installed on most equipment and chassis, where the small footprint can be easily integrated. Installation is simple and straightforward due to the modular design. It consists primarily of mounting the SmartPTO unit and the touch screen display along with two hydraulic hoses and a handful of electrical and connectors.
The SmartPTO significantly lowers the cost of engine related expenses of a Terex aerial or digger derrick by reducing fuel costs and wear and tear on the engine due to idling. Overall troubleshooting and repair costs are also reduced thanks to the on-board diagnostics and telematics capabilities. The system is maintenance free due to the brushless permanent magnet motor, Lithium NMC batteries, and absence of internal service parts.
Likewise, lithium NMC batteries with storage capacity from 7 to 21 kWh, have a high power to weight ratio that reduces overall weight leaving payload capacity on the truck.
Controls are located in the cab, on the tailgate, and in the bucket of aerial devices. A touch screen displays settings, battery charge, system statistics such as gallons of fuel saved, run time, and other notifications. When it is time for the battery to be recharged, the SmartPTO warns operators within about 5% of battery life. When the engine is powered, it automatically disengages the ePTO function so for situations such as storm restoration, where plug in recharging is limited, it does not impact 24-hour operation.