Vermeer has developed a new full function remote control system for its system of track trenchers and surface miners. According to the company the new remote system will allow operators to control the machines from more than 150 metres away.
It works on machines ranging from the T555III track trencher through to the T1255III terrain leveller surface miner. The remotes can also be tailored for selected jobsite conditions.
The manufacturer said that while it is new for the Vermeer equipment lineup, it can be retrofitted to older model machines that feature the TEC plus electronic control system.
"The remote control system will allow operators to precisely manoeuvre a trencher at a safe distance away from the comfort of their truck," Chris Lynch, sales manager for specialty excavation at Vermeer said.
"It's particularly useful when operating near high walls or loading onto a trailer."
All functions of the trencher can be operated via the remote control panel.
The remote unit is attached to a vest strapped onto to the operator's torso; the control panel lies flat in front of the operator with a metal frame around the outside to help provide support.
The operator presence requires the operator to be seated in order to utilise the remote system. Additionally, a visual light indicator is installed on the trencher informs others that the machine is being operated remotely and there is no operator on board.