Construction Equipment Digs Deeper into Electrification
Moog Construction, part of Moog Inc., launched its TerraTech ecosystem of components which will help compact construction equipment manufacturers quickly develop all-electric machines. The portfolio includes motion control software, hardware such as electric cylinders and vehicle control modules, energy and battery management, and digital insights through the Internet of Things (IoT).
TerraTech is a fully integrated system solution that can help OEMs develop electric machines in as short as 6 months. Providing a full system like this ensures all of the components will work as required with one another and perform as desired; it also eases component sourcing by providing OEMs with a single supplier from which to get necessary technology.
The system can work on a range of machines, some of which have already been demonstrated in the market. Doosan Bobcat’s all-electric T7X compact track loader uses elements of the system; the company also unveiled at CONEXPO its S7X all-electric skid steel loader which incorporates TerraTech technology as well. Moog also collaborated with Komatsu on a full-electric compact wheel loader concept featuring this system which allowed the companies to quickly develop the machine and begin testing of it.
In addition to aiding electrification of machines, the TerraTech system enables digital insights into machine performance as well as make it easy to add updates or new features. It also prepares machines for incorporation of future technologies such as automation. Bobcat demonstrated this capability with the unveiling of its RogueX autonomous concept compact track loader at CONEXPO which is equipped with the TerraTech system.