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MIG 2

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Microprop’s new MIG2 control for excavators combines maximum ergonomics and functionality. The control has been developed for maximum ergonomics, without compromising on increased safety and control functions.

MIG2 has been developed in collaboration with contractors and a company specialising in industrial design. The joystick can be fitted with three rollers and seven buttons – twice as much with two joysticks. The driver is also able to work with maximum efficiency and at the same time avoid bodily stress and strain.

The control has an integrated hand support that the wrist rests on without affecting the excavator motion. The hand support is flexible and can be adapted to different hand sizes.

MIG2 isn’t only ergonomical, it provides the driver/operator new means of working. The control’s rollers are intended for use by the thumb, index and middle fingers – something that’s unique to us.

In this way the driver/operator can combine six rollers simultaneously.

Advantages MIG2

  • Up to 3 rollers per contol
  • Up to 7 buttons per control
  • Ergonomic design
  • Meets the requirements of the EU Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and SS-EN ISO 13849-1, Safety of Machinery
  • New bracket gives a superior, easy fitting
  • Hand support as standard
  • Easy to adjust the hand angle
  • Monitoring with double breaker functions for maximum safety
  • Can be fitted with three rollers per control and seven buttons, or six buttons and FNR (Forwards Neutral Reverse)
  • Can be retrofitted with optional functions

MIG2 has been developed in collaboration with contractors and a company specialising in industrial design. The joystick can be fitted with three rollers and seven buttons – twice as much with two joysticks. The driver is also able to work with maximum efficiency and at the same time avoid bodily stress and strain.

System engcon

What is most important for you?

  • Profitability

    System engcon, centred around the tiltrotator, saves both time and fuel.

  • Safety

    Fewer machine transits and less need for manual work increases safety at the workplace.

  • Flexibility

    The tiltrotator's ability to tilt and rotate makes the machine a good all-rounder that carries out most tasks with greater precision.

  • Efficiency

    Fewer machine movements and faster jobs mean less wear on the machine.

Read more about Concept engcon

FAQs

What should I consider when deciding my excavator specification?

Despite the increasing popularity of tiltrotators, many excavator manufacturers do not yet sell 'tiltrotator-ready' machines on certain markets. There are two main considerations when buying a new excavator for use with a tiltrotator - dipper length and hydraulics. Ideally, a shorter dipper should be chosen to take into account the build height of the tiltrotator. For example, if the standard dipper length is 2500mm, choose one 2000mm long so that the extra reach resulting from the addition of the tiltrotator still falls within the manufacturer's safe working range and that there is no chance of the bucket or other attachment hitting the cab when fully crowded.

The standard machine hydraulics can often be used for tiltrotator operation, but the machine controls may not be sufficiently sophisticated to fully exploit the capabilities of the attachment. Tiltrotators are usually supplied with so-called fully proportional control systems. These allow the hydraulic power to be gradually increased according to the needs of the attachment and the task to be completed, for example when pouring type 1 or concrete into a narrow area or using grabs or pallet forks. Non-proportional, or on/off systems which are generally button-operated do not allow the delicacy of control necessary for many tiltrotator operations.

If the excavator has two dual-acting proportionally controlled hydraulic circuits, then basic tiltrotator operation should be possible using the excavator's controls. A third, non-proportional circuit will be required for the tiltrotator hitch. Where a single, dual acting circuit is fitted, it is often more cost-effective to use engcon's DC2 control system which manages the hydraulic switching and flow proportionally within the tiltrotator, rather than have additional circuits fitted.

What is MIG2?

MIG2 is engcon's joystick for infinitely variable tiltrotator control. It has up to three rollers for stepless tiltrotator operation and up to seven buttons for connection to other functions. It's also possible to select an FNR rocker switch to control track and comfort steering.

How does the tiltrotator work?

The tiltrotator is connected directly to the excavator's arm or beneath the excavator's quick hitch. The tiltrotator is then connected to the excavator's hydraulics and electrical system. Depending on the excavator's extra hydraulics, control is adapted to suit different types of control system. The most common connection takes place via a single or double-acting extra outlet on the arm and the tiltrotator is controlled by a proportional control system known as DC2. The actual control unit is located in the cab (cab module) and the tiltrotator's functions are controlled using our MIG2 – joysticks with rollers that allow the operator stepless control of the tilt, rotation and grip functions if a grapple has been selected for the tiltrotator. Signals from the joystick and the control unit are received by solenoid valves on the tiltrotator thus controlling the function selected.

Can I use my existing buckets?

The pin geometry on your existing buckets is unlikely to be compatible with the S-type coupler fitted to standard tiltrotators. Choosing a Unisafe/PUP coupler to allow you to use your existing buckets is likely to be a false economy for the simple reason that tiltrotator (s-type) buckets are designed for tiltrotator digging. Not only is the angle of the bucket optimised for tiltrotator use, but the bucket geometry (shape, size, etc.) is specific for rotational and angled digging and grading. The saving you make by choosing the S-type coupler can be re-invested in top bracket adapters to convert your existing buckets and other attachments.

If you are running hydraulic tools, you can also purchase adapter brackets EC-Oil ready, or pre-fitted with EC-Oil and thus convert your current hydraulic tools with ease for the S-type coupler.

Can I use MIG2 together with any control system other than DC2?

Yes, but it's not certain that it will be possible to operate three rollers simultaneously.

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