CE Staff - (Compact Equipment)
At CONEXPO 2023 last week, Moog Construction, part of Moog Inc., launched TerraTech, an ecosystem for compact construction machine makers to design and build all-electric, zero-emissions vehicles, in some cases within six months. TerraTech combines motion control software, durable hardware (e.g., electric cylinders, vehicle control modules, motors, controllers), energy and battery management, and digital insights through IoT.
TerraTech integrates intelligence in motion for OEMs to develop compact construction machines and produce them at scale across their product lines. By integrating software and digital solutions into TerraTech, Moog Construction provides OEMs with two-way communication to gain insight digitally from their machine’s functions and enable new features.
OEMs today have several options to design zero-emissions machines for their product lines, including buying components, software and telemetry services from multiple suppliers and trying to integrate them. In contrast, TerraTech comes fully integrated and works on multiple machine types and sizes, allowing OEMs to design scalable, configurable machines. With TerraTech, an OEM will never face the challenge of building a machine by integrating systems and products bought from multiple suppliers.
“The OEMs’ reaction to TerraTech proves the market wants this approach,” said Nicole Wodka-Cook, business unit director for Moog Construction. “TerraTech’s modular ecosystem works for building either prototypes or competitively priced machines at scale.”
TerraTech is a holistic solution versus buying individual products. By combining software, digital connectivity, and advanced mechatronics products, TerraTech enables OEMs to build a machine now that can continually improve with updates, new features, and meet future needs. While CONEXPO was the official launch of the TerraTech Ecosystem, three OEMs have already collaborated with the organization. Doosan Bobcat is producing the Bobcat T7X compact track loader with elements of TerraTech. On the first day of CONEXPO, Doosan Bobcat unveiled its S7X all-electric skid-steer loader and its autonomous concept machine the Bobcat RogueX, which also incorporate the technology.
Moog Construction also collaborated with Komatsu to build a fully electric compact wheel loader machine demonstrated at Bauma 2022. Komatsu provided the vehicle-level design and assembly, including structural configurations that take advantage of TerraTech. Moog Construction also helped Case create the CASE 580 EV all-electric backhoe equipped with TerraTech. With TerraTech, Moog Construction is accelerating electrification, automation, and connectivity by enabling the world’s most sustainable, and most configurable machines.
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