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Moog and Komatsu demonstrate electric wheel loader

Precision control specialist Moog and yellow machine manufacturer Komatsu demonstrated a connected, automation-ready battery-electric wheel loader at the recent bauma trade show in Munich.

Moog’s intelligent machine electrification system includes: an electric traction motor; lift, tilt and steering electric cylinders; power electronics; system control computer; battery and battery management system. Komatsu provided the vehicle-level design and assembly, including structural configurations that take advantage of Moog’s electrification system.

Moog has a long history of converting hydraulic systems to electric, and its intelligent machine electrification system is designed to help Komatsu control not only the loader’s motion but also its energy use to enhance run time and cut maintenance costs compared to diesel alternatives.

Moog’s system integrates multiple subsystems including power management, motion control, connectivity and automation, and it’s designed to enable customers to develop their own differentiated offerings to “bring their vision for next-generation machines to life.”

Moog’s intelligent machine electrification system is designed to be connected, automation-ready and ready to scale to production. The system has the sensing and control capabilities needed for automation while the integrated software framework comes with built-in tools to coordinate multiple axes of motion and precisely control torque, velocity, position, and force. It also supports over-the-air updates.

“The machine, built together with Moog, combines the strengths of both companies, and was finalized within a short period of time,” said Seiichi Fuchita, CTO and President of Komatsu’s Development Division. “We expect the joint testing will show the advantages of a fully electric machine and will prove collaboration is beneficial for both sides.”

“Our focus is accelerating electrification, automation, and connectivity by enabling the world’s safest, most sustainable, and most productive machines,” said Joe Alfieri, VP and General Manager for Moog’s Construction business unit. “Our cooperation with Komatsu shows that industry leaders in the construction industry are ready for zero-emission machines.”

Source: Moog Construction

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