Machine Design

Electric-Power-Steering System

The APS Advanced Power Steering System consists of a permanentmagnetac motor with integrated speed reducer and an ac drive with I/O interface.

It features a CANopen interface for integration and communication, and covers a wide variety of vehicle applications including Class 1, 2, and 3 lift trucks.

The System comes in four different power ranges with three gear ratios for maximum application flexibility. The APS offers an I/O interface that directly connects most steering sensors, while stand-alone mode directly connects most steering encoders. The APS provides a range of safety capabilities for EN 954-1 Category 3 or 4 operation. An integrated safety system, via the CANbus, directly activates emergency brakes to bring the truck to a controlled stop. Additionally, the APS continually reports its status to the vehicle controller.

System software is customizable through application programming or an extensive parameter set. Users benefit from features such as automatic centering, steering proportional to speed, an adjustable steering-sensitivity ratio, high maneuverability, and diagnostic support.

Danaher Motion, 1500 Mittel Blvd., Wood Dale, IL 60191,
(866) 993-2624, danahermotion.com

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