Bobcat launches remote control iPhone app
By Leila Steed14 November 2021
Bobcat EMEA has launched its MaxControl Remote Control system for compact loaders, which allows users to remotely operate the machines using an iPhone or iPad.
Said to give “a vision of machine control of the future”, the MaxControl system uses a new retrofittable hardware kit and a downloadable app.
The system is compitable with all Bobcat loaders with Selectable Joystick Controls that date back to 2004 (SJC Loaders from J to R-Series machines).
This means that owners of older loader models don’t have to buy the lastest machine or invest in “costly hardware updates”.
The app, which uses Wi-Fi to communicate with the loader and has an operational range of up to 100m, allows workers on construction, demolition, agriculture and recycling projects to exit the machine’s cab and carry out tasks with greater visibility of the jobsite.
According to the manufacturer, this can be particularly helpful for new and less experienced operators, or when working in tight areas or performing difficult tasks.
“When lifting and carrying large loads, the use of MaxControl eliminates blind spots in front of the load and raises awareness of the surrounding environment,” Bobcat said.
“Being outside the cab also allows for face-to-face communication with co-workers on site, enabling faster organization of the work.”
Due to the often unpredictable nature of construction sites, the app is also said to provide site workers with a greater level of flexibility when it comes to carrying out tasks.
“Operators may never know in advance when remote operation will come in handy, but with MaxControl on the phone in their pocket, they are always ready for any challenges that can arise,” the manufacturer said.
While an Android version of the app is not yet available (though it will be shortly), users of iOS devices can also remotely control their Bobcat loader while sitting in the cab of a different machine.
“For example, an operator can sit in an excavator and use a loader remotely for back-filling,” said Bobcat.
Vijayshekhar Nerva, Head of Innovation and Acceleration for Doosan Bobcat EMEA, said, “The jobsite of the future is a more connected place and gamification will play a vital role.
“Changing demographics and consumer preferences are pushing our industry into categories that have been unheard of or have been poorly addressed in the machinery sector.”