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For one application, NRH272 rotary position sensors from Curtiss-Wright’s brand of Penny & Gileshave been specified for use on a range of British-designed and manufactured electric forklift trucks from Nexen Lift Trucks.

To maximise storage space within a building footprint, aisle width in warehouses is being reduced and many lift truck manufacturers are having to adopt the latest technologies to ensure material handling vehicles can operate safely and effectively within these new narrow-aisle environments. Additionally, many lift truck operators are reviewing the environmental impact of running forklifts using traditional internal combustion engines but, until recently, electric-powered vehicles haven’t been able to provide similar levels of performance and productivity associated with traditional internal combustion applications.

During its research and development process, Nexen identified the need for electric models and its latest X-Range includes the three-wheeled FBXT lift truck using a Nexen-designed and manufactured axle; and a four-wheel FBX version using a purpose-designed steering axle.

For both axle types, Nexen needed rotary position sensors that could detect steering position, with feedback from the sensor enabling control of the truck speed and direction, and displayed to the operator via a cabin-mounted Graphical User Interface (GUI).

Commenting for Nexen, technical manager Shaun Bailey says: “We needed a sensor that would combine maximum functionality with a design that was robust enough for our application. Angle range, redundancy, voltage range and versatility were all considered before we chose Curtiss-Wright.”

A bespoke version of Curtiss-Wright’s NRH272 has been supplied with a 5V power supply option, 10-90 per cent voltage output, Deutsch DT04 connectors and an electrical output set to correspond to rotations of between 20°and 360°. For added safety functionality, the sensor’s on-board diagnostic functions mean the outputs can enter into safe, pre-defined states should an internal sensor error be detected.

The Curtiss-Wright NRH271/NRH272 range of non-contact, rotary position sensors with Hall-effect sensing technology is designed to supply an optimum combination of performance, safety and cost effectiveness. The sensor is accommodated in a low-profile housing with a compact footprint; and its robust design offers outstanding protection from water, dust, shock, vibration and temperature, making it ideal for use in arduous, on- and off-highway vehicle applications. In addition, its incorporated non-contact, Hall-effect technology makes the sensor incredibly hard wearing.

Connection options are industry-standard AMP Superseal (IP68 rated) or Deutsch DT04 series (IP67 rated) connectors, or simple flying leads for customer termination. The sensor can also be supplied with a protective conduit for the cabling.

Having been designed from the ground up, Nexen’s all-electric X-Range lift trucks use integrated technology – including Curtiss-Wright’s NRH272 rotary position sensors – to provide unprecedented combinations of performance, productivity and cost-effectiveness, all without compromising operator safety and comfort.

The FBX and FBXT models within the X-Range are the latest in the Nexen line-up of electric counter-balanced forklift trucks. They have been specifically designed for the logistics and warehousing sector, whilst being developed to apply the most advanced technology and versatility available. The three- and four-wheel variants allow for a range of applications including the loading, unloading, shunting and storage of raw materials, goods and production materials; with lifting capacities ranging from 1.6 to 2 tonnes and different motors, transmissions and mast options available. Both models are also available in long- and short-wheel-base formats to provide a productive and energy-efficient solution for numerous lifting applications.

Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group

The Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group is formed from a number established specialist companies who are experts in the design, testing and manufacture of a range of components and systems for the safe and reliable operation and control of mobile and static machinery – especially off-highway vehicles, heavy trucks, buses, military vehicles and motorsport. Within the business are four market leading brands — Penny & Giles Controls, PG Drives Technology, William Controls, and Arens Controls.

The Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group is formed from a number established specialist companies who are experts in the design, testing and manufacture of a range of components and systems for the safe and reliable operation and control of mobile and static machinery – especially off-highway vehicles, heavy trucks, buses, military vehicles and motorsport. Within the business are four market leading brands — Penny & Giles Controls, PG Drives Technology, William Controls, and Arens Controls.

Penny & Giles Controls
Delivers rugged component level solutions using the latest non-contact sensing technologies, and specialises in rotary, linear and tilt position sensors; joysticks; solenoid actuators and associated electronic signal conditioning. The business was first established in 1956 and pioneered aerospace sensing and data recording technologies with a reputation for quality, performance and reliability. The aerospace business continues today within other Curtiss-Wright business units. The company joined Curtiss-Wright in 2002.

PG Drives Technology
Delivers rugged subsystem solutions including programmable controllers and drives used in a wide variety of advanced electric-powered vehicles such as forklifts, pallet loaders, mobility scooters and wheelchairs, serving the industrial and medical markets. These products deliver precise variable power from batteries to electric drive motors, and are fully programmable to suit various motor profiles, voltages and power levels. The business was first established in 1976 and was originally part of the Penny & Giles group of companies. The company joined Curtiss-Wright in 2012.

Williams Controls
Delivers rugged component level solutions and is a leading designer and manufacturer of highly-engineered electronic sensors and electronic throttle controls for off-road equipment, heavy trucks, and military vehicles. The business was first established in 1937 and pioneered the development of the first electronic throttle control for large diesel engines, quickly becoming the world leader in the design and manufacture of electronic throttle controls for trucks and buses. The company joined Curtiss-Wright in 2012.

Arens Controls
Delivers rugged component level and subsystem solutions and is a leading designer and manufacturer of highly engineered electronic shift controls for automatic transmissions used on heavy trucks and buses. The company also designs and manufactures power management and traction systems for the emerging Hybrid Electronic Vehicle (HEV) market. The business was first established in 1939 and pioneered the development of “by-wire” vehicle control technology, and more recently power electronic drivetrain components and systems for the HEV market. The company joined Curtiss-Wright in 2013.

Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group has manufacturing sites in the US, Europe, India and China. Total customer service and support is assured via a global sales network with CWIG offices in the US, UK, Germany, India, Taiwan and China, as well as a network of distributors and agents covering other regions.

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