Van-Tech Custom: Improving Capability and Reliability
Van-Tech’s client has been a leading manufacturer of athletic field tractors for over 26 years. Their previous-generation tractor had undergone several revisions and adaptations to add new functionality to meet their customer requirements. As the product evolved to meet these new features, the client decided a new chassis design was required. The goal for this new design was to optimize the current system, while allowing for additional future capabilities.
The previous product used a hydrostatic drive for propulsion, and various belt drives for paint sprayers, brushes, and other accessories. Van-Tech worked with the client to create a new all-hydraulic power system including valve manifolds, dual power take-offs, hydraulic wheel motors for propulsion, and a cooling package.
Van-Tech provided their client with technical support for component selection, as well as options for component sources. An output from this process was that Van-Tech developed a comprehensive hydraulic bill of materials and kit. This streamlined the client’s internal process, so they can order all of the necessary hydraulic components for a machine in one step. Van-Tech and Parker applications engineers also spent two days at the client site to optimize the hydraulic circuit, train the installers, and adjust the system to ensure system performance.
By incorporating Van-Tech’s solutions, the weight capacity of the chassis was increased over five times. The improved robustness allowed for more accessories and larger paint tanks, and increased the longevity of the machine and brushes. A spokesperson for the client said, “Both their technical team, and their customer service team are all-around good guys. They helped us put all the pieces together on a complex project.”
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