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Bobcat Aux control wins Samoter award

by Kyle Molyneux  |  Mon 03 Feb 2020

Bobcat Aux control wins Samoter award

The Bobcat Advanced Selectable Auxiliary Control (A-SAC) System developed for the company’s R-Series mini-excavators, from 2- to 4-tonne, has won a ‘Technical Innovation Award’ from the jury for the Samoter Innovation Awards 2020. The award was presented at a ceremony that took place on Thursday January 23rd 2020 during the Samoter B2Press dinner, at the Hotel Due Torri in the old town of Verona in Italy. The Innovation Awards are part of the activities accompanying the Samoter 2020 exhibition, which will take place in Verona from March 20th to 25th 2020. The A-SAC System will be exhibited on the indoor Bobcat stand as well as in the outside demonstration area at the show and is one of many new developments from Bobcat being presented at this edition of the triennial Samoter international fair.   

Bobcat introduced the company’s original Selectable Auxiliary Control (SAC) system with the launch of the R-Series mini-excavators in 2018. The SAC system is a unique solution developed by Bobcat that enables operators to customise control patterns of auxiliary hydraulic circuits on Bobcat excavators, depending on their set up preferences for using hydraulic attachments. The SAC system is operated by using the push buttons conveniently located on top of each of the joysticks in the excavators. Used in combination with the SAC switch on the control panel, the operator can select one of seven pre-set control pattern combinations that allow them to keep their hands on the joysticks when carrying out their work. The A-SAC system will be available as an optional feature for current and future Bobcat R-series excavators and is also retrofittable on all Bobcat R-Series excavators from 2- to 4-tonne.

For sorting grapple operations, for example, the operator can choose to have tilt (AUX4) and rotate (AUX2) functions combined on the left-hand joystick, with the opening/closing function (AUX1) remaining independent on the right-hand joystick. With the A-SAC system, the operator can adjust the speed of each of these functions individually to suit particular jobs or their skill levels. When moving on to a different job with the same attachment, the operator can easily switch to a different setting that they will have predefined with the A-SAC system.

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