Solution: How Hetronic's colaboration with Pentruder resulted in a world-class radio remote control.
Hetronic engineers worked closely with Pentruder to develop all the functional requirements, as well as understand the specific operator control needs and equipment operation. Once we finalized and agreed on the requirements documents, Hetronic developed two (2) prototype units for functionality testing and mechanical design.
During development, Hetronic also had to be cognizant of the need for “backward compatibility” to Pentruder’s older machines. We solved compatibility issues by maintaining the same output connector in the new design. Next, the new Hetronic crafted joystick was tested with both prototype units during actual operation of HF products. After extensive evaluation, a mechanical design was agreed upon (NOVA XL case with custom control panel) and the new joystick, rocer switches and other controls were approved for production.
Hetronic was successful in meeting the requirements for a more competitive wireless radio remote control solution for Pentruder’s HF line of saws and drills. We provided a familiar interface for their operators, while eliminating the use of cables. The wireless remote control design featured backward compatibility to older machines, which was imperative. The new Hetronic design also offers a greater increase in safety, efficiency and productivity. As a result, the Hetronic and Pentruder collaborative engineering effort expanded Pentruder customers’ capabilities by giving them more freedom to move around their work areas as well as offering them a greater visual supervision of the machine.