Morbark LLC, a manufacturer of forestry, biomass, tree care, sawmill and wood recycling equipment headquartered in Winn, Michigan, is now offering the iQ-View Smart Controller on its 3-liter gas engines for the Beever M12R, M12D and M12RX models.
The iQ-View, produced by Industrial Electronic Controls (IEC), Rockford, Illinois, is a smart display and controller designed to present engine and machine parameters to the operator and control the chipper’s autofeed function. As a display unit, the user can select four parameters to display simultaneously. A second screen can be set to display four additional parameters.
The chipper operator can push a button to select one of three preset speed settings for brush, wood or factory setting, plus a custom setting. No computer is required for field configuration.
"We saw the need for operators to have an easier way to adjust the feed for the different types of material they’re chipping," Casey Gross, Morbark director of tree care product sales, says. "The settings are designed to optimize chipper efficiency, improve output and reduce downtime."
On-screen diagnostics can be used to troubleshoot system issues. The unit also features J1939 controller area network (CAN) bus messaging to alert the user of potential system issues like engine overheating, high oil pressure, low battery voltage and other critical operating issues that can affect uptime, performance and equipment life.
"We are very excited to launch this new product enhancement with Morbark. They are really in touch with the user experience, and they understand their customers’ needs and challenges," IEC CEO Joe Benjamin says. "Engineering in our iQ-View Smart Controller gives them a significant market advantage."
Additional input/output is made to provide the ability to add future functionality to the chipper without adding additional devices.
While the iQ-View Smart Controller is initially being offered on the 3-liter gas engines for the Beever M12R, M12D and M12RX, Morbark expects to expand the use of these units to other gas-powered chippers and then to its diesel-powered chippers.