November 10-16, 2019
Hall 17, Stand B04
CREATING A CUSTOMIZABLE ARMREST WITH MULTIPLE POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS
WIDENS THE SPECTRUM FOR POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS
iVTInternational.com September 2019
The Syn Trac vehicle system is revolutionary.
It impresses with its modular design, versatility
and ease of operation. It is a vehicle system that can be
converted into different off-highway vehicles in a matter
of minutes by changing accessories or attachments on
the front or rear, all without the operator having to
leave the cab.
The versatility of the vehicle system was at the heart
of the development work. The Syn Trac development
team designed an interface that is positioned both at
the front and rear of the vehicle so it is easy and safe for
the operator to attach a wide range of implements such
as mowers. Both interfaces have all the same features
and all the necessary connections for hydraulics,
pneumatics, PTO shafts, electrics, electronics and
CANbus, as well as a wide range of control concepts.
To be able to connect any accessory in a fully automatic
way, an additional adapter plate is required. Syn Trac,
as the system provider, supplies this individually made
“It takes less than a minute for the accessory to be
ready for operation and the operator can remain sitting
in the cab”, explains Stefan Putz, executive director at
Syn Trac. “It is both convenient and safe. The automated
coupling process also saves time and ensures incorrect
attachments are avoided.” The Syn Trac can also be
converted to a standard vehicle by docking a standard
adapter with which for example a lifting device or local
mounting plate can be specified.
As it is a modular vehicle, Syn Trac
chose the modular multi-function
armrest 225MA midi from Elobau.
Usually, given the individual nature
required for such an
operating system, a
ABOVE: Attachments can
be changed in the cab
BOTTOM LEFT: The
225MA midi is modular
However, with this armrest that is equipped with tried
and tested ergonomically designed standard elements,
the specific development work to create a customized
product is no longer needed.
The armrest consists of five modules, each with
numerous variants. They include joysticks and hand
throttles, an operating unit with push button switches
and thumbwheels, a storage compartment with a
charging socket for mobile phones, a hitch wheel
and potentiometer. Each control is clearly marked with
symbols and colors for ease of use, making it simple to
operate a complex machine.
As the modular armrest operates on the standardized
CAN protocol SAEJ1939, it is easy to integrate into the
complex control system.
The CANbus system was crucial to the Syn
Trac developers. It allows the individual control
functions to be programmed and simplifies
the complex connection of the attachments. It is
designed to conform with regulation EU167/2013,
which is of special benefit to agricultural manufacturers.
Another standout feature of the armrest for Syn
Trac was the sustainability aspect of it. From the
development stage, the armrest was designed with
sustainability in mind in all aspects of the process,
from the material choice and versatility of use to being
manufactured in a carbon-neutral manner, but with no
compromise on durability, quality or cost-effectiveness.
Like the 225MA midi modular armrest, the Syn Trac
is modular, versatile, designed for ease of use and with
the operator in mind. With the wide range of possible
applications of the Syn Trac and the configurations of
the armrest, both the vehicle and the operating system
offer a real cost-effective alternative solution.
For more information about the 225MA midi
visit www.modularcontrols.net iVT
By Deborah Nixon, sales and marketing, Elobau
Keeping it modular
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