JLG Industries, Inc. is introducing material racks for Large Rough Terrain (LRT) and Rough Terrain (RT) Scissor Lifts. The racks allow operators to transport larger materials around the workplace in a safer and more organized manner.
Skyjack demos self-check machine at the Rental Show
Skyjack activated an automated self-check from Australia for audiences in Anaheim at the ARA Show. The new SJ3215 was there to give audiences an idea of how Skyjack has been working toward a goal of autonomous functionality for the construction rental industry.
"The focus of our demonstration was on fluid two-way communication and what can be done from extreme distance," said Brad Boehler, president at Skyjack. "Our innovation team has come so far over these past few years and I was inspired to challenge them even further. We are always looking at how we can improve productivity for our customers and a machine that can autonomously perform a series of discrete tasks could do just that."
The SJ3215 DC scissor lift was engineered to respond to commands sent over the cellular network, and independently perform a function check of its critical systems. After measuring physical feedback from drive, steer and lifting systems, the machine then conducted a battery and solenoid test before audibly announcing that the test was complete. The confirmations were presented in a mobile application for the demonstration.
"It was important that the demonstration was authentic and represented the progress we've made. We wanted to demonstrate how responsive and practical the technology actually is," explains David Swan, product manager of technology and innovation at Skyjack.
"The first time we tested autonomous self-check from over 7,500 miles away it was amazing to witness the quick response time. We designed it to provide real-time interaction with the machine – but seeing it happen – it really hits you how this technology is going to change our industry. That's an understanding we wanted to share with the audience."
It's all part of Skyjack's goal to increase productivity for their customers and help contribute to a safer jobsite for all. The OEM said this is the first step and will move forward toward self-loading, autonomous drive and more.
"But we're doing this the Skyjack way. Every conversation we have focuses on how it will benefit our customers and their goals. We're not doing this for the sake of being cool, we're doing this to see how smart machines can improve efficiency and profitability for our customers," Boehler explains.
"We're doing this in a simple, reliable way, one that generates the best ROI for our customers, and keeps an easy-to-do-business-with mentality."
With all of this new technology, more and more questions are surfacing about where the data is going and who owns it.
"At Skyjack it isn't a question. Our customers are storing their entire business in the cloud and in 2019, 50 percent of our machines are projected to ship with ELEVATE," Swan explains. "Telematics isn't a throw in, it's becoming a core piece of our customers' business systems. They're paying for this product and get to have it on their terms – that means their data."
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