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Woodchipper and green-waste shredder manufacturer Greenmech has used hydraulics from Parker Hannifin to develop a multi-task machine for applications such as building, excavation and vegetation work.

The Multi-Task MT 120 incorporates a complete package of hydraulic components and systems, including the IQAN control suite, offering dependable, multi-purpose functionality in demanding applications.

These range from mulching green waste to earth moving work, and in a variety of environments.

It does this by using a number of interchangeable tools and incorporating self-adjusting supports to ensure that the vehicle remains level and secure regardless of the terrain.

Tony Turner, chairman of Greenmech, said: ‘We knew that the hydraulic solution that we chose would be an integral element to the success of the MT 120.

‘We required a method of driving the machine over difficult and steep terrain while carrying potentially heavy loads, and secondly, of making the machine simple to manoeuvre and control,’ he added.

Parker offered a suit of hydraulic components and systems that would enable the Multi-Task MT 120 to offer both high performance levels and simplicity of use.

Among the products supplied were mobile valves, D1VW valves and cartridge valves; a bespoke manifold specially designed for the MT 120; a hydraulic cooling fan system incorporating a gear pump and motors; various filtration components to ensure low maintenance service life; and a range of hoses and fittings (supplied kitted by a Parker distributor).

Combined, these components are used to both drive the tracks of the vehicle and also control the front end of the attachment.

The six-station D1VW valve is then used to tile the head left and right and to open and close the mulching head when used.

A crucial element in the success of the MT 120 is said to be Parker’s IQAN solution, which has been developed to make it simple to design and control complex hydraulic systems.

IQAN enables the many functions of the vehicle to be selected and controlled using a joystick inside the cabin, allowing the MT 120 to be operated safely and effectively with minimum training.

Additionally, the machine features a specially designed IQAN-based auto drive functionality, which acts as a type of cruise control, slowing down the machine if a higher load is sensed, or vice versa; again resulting in less work for operators and more efficient performance.

Being specially designed for mobile equipment, IQAN offered Greenmech a fast, ready-to-use and flexible solution to its control requirements.

Using IQAN, Parker was able to design a programme specifically for the MT 120, providing Greenmech with the ability to adapt and modify the control system of the machine as its functionality evolves.

The platform also enables Greenmech to carry out remote diagnostics, offering its customers immediate support wherever they are in the world.

Parker Hannifin — Parker Sales UK

With annual sales exceeding $10bn, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets.

To meet its customers' needs in motion and control, Parker provides the broadest range of products available from any single supplier. This is supported by expertise in nine major technologies:

  • Hydraulics
  • Pneumatics
  • Electromechanical
  • Filtration
  • Process control
  • Fluid and gas handling
  • Sealing and shielding
  • Climate control
  • Aerospace

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