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Bobcat to launch remote control for loaders

Plug & play system compatible with company’s skid-steer, compact tracked and all-wheel steer loaders

Bobcat has announced a new remote control system for its compact loaders, which allows operators to leave their seat in the cab and control their Bobcat loader remotely.

The remote control is compatible with Bobcat’s skid-steer, compact track and all-wheel steer loader models equipped with the company’s selectable joystick controls.

The company said that this makes it the first manufacturer to introduce a remote control system as original plug & play equipment, rather than as an add-on development from a third party. The new system will be commercially available later this year.

According to Bobcat, remote control solutions have proved their qualities and abilities to save lives in the toughest environments all around the world by providing service during disasters like floods, forest fires, mud or rockslides, and in other places where operators can be subjected to dangerous situations.

“We first presented our remote control prototype at Bobcat Demo Days with excellent feedback from our customers, then subjected it to further improvements, testing and licensing, before finally introducing it as an easy plug & play solution for existing machines for commercial launch,” said Jiri Karmazin, loaders product manager, Doosan Bobcat EMEA.

“The remote control system can be used in many applications with the focus on limitless visibility, the ability to communicate with the surroundings without the need to be present in the cab, comfort enhancement for applications with noise, vibration and harshness, or even in dangerous areas. This was the voice of our customers and the issues we observed on most job-sites.”

The system is an easily portable and industrial radio remote control solution that can be mounted and dismounted on machines in minutes.

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