Lift built for stringent environmental regulations

5th February 2021

Mobile elevating work platforms manufacturer JLG Industries has made available to the access industry its environment-friendly all-electric DaVinci AE1932 scissor lift.

JLG mobile elevating work platforms engineering senior director Shashank Bhatia says featuring zero hydraulics to help eliminate job site leaks and cut down on emissions helps control job site pollution.

This 5.79 m scissor lift is purpose-built for applications where stringent environmental regulations must be met.

Every component on the DaVinci scissor is fully optimised, including the control, lift, drive and steering systems. This is in order to reduce the machine’s energy consumption by up to 70% as compared to a traditional scissor lift. The reduced energy consumption allows for the use of a single, lithium-ion battery.

“The DaVinci AE1932 scissor lift represents the next generation of electrification.”

He adds that while there is no shortage of battery-powered or electric scissor lifts on the market today, these other models continue to include hydraulic cylinders for actuation. These models require hydraulic oil for operation, leaving the possibility open for messy leaks on sensitive job sites.

“JLG continues to push the envelope in innovation around the entire construction ecosystem, from our rental partners to job sites. This new JLG all-electric machine unlocks new possibilities and applications where these types of machines could not be used in the past due to concerns surrounding leaks.”

Additionally, Bhatia explains that DaVinci scissor lifts use a distributed architecture where each system (lift, drive and steer) is connected independently, helping reduce voltage drops and latency, while enabling the control system on the scissor to connect and communicate directly with each system.

Owing to the control system being fully connected to the entire machine, the DaVinci scissor lift can transmit data back to operators, fleet managers and service technicians through Bluetooth and cellular networks, he notes.

This sets the stage for new features like the DaVinciGo application. This application provides real-time machine health and battery status information and the ability for service technicians to perform remote diagnostics and push over-the-air software updates.

Meanwhile, the drive system on the all-electric DaVinci scissor lift has permanent magnets which generate torque and create motion to spin the motor. It is estimated that permanent magnet performance can increase the efficiency of a motor by 20% to 30% on average.

“For smooth operation, the independent controllers of the DaVinci scissor lift’s steering system is designed to help reduce tyre scrubbing on job sites, which helps control tyre wear and limits damage to sensitive flooring.”

Bhatia adds that the AE1932’s intuitive steering system allows DaVinci lift operators to easily manoeuvre the machine into and around, narrow-access and space-restricted areas to get work done where it is needed.

Further, the lift system on the new DaVinci scissor lift is designed with an electromechanical lift actuator, replacing the hydraulic cylinder design of traditional electric scissor lifts, he explains. This means that since there are no hydraulics, the AE1932 does not leak, meaning that it can be used without diapers.

“The simplified design makes the AE1932 noticeably different when working at height. Traditional battery-powered lifts have hoses routed throughout the scissor stack, whereas the DaVinci scissor lift has no hoses for a clean, modern appearance with significantly reduced maintenance and service requirements.”

Further, the DaVinci scissor lift system is engineered to recover energy as the platform descends, sending it back to the battery to help maximise use between charges.

DaVinci scissor lifts can be fully charged in as little as three and a half hours, increasing its use throughout the workday as compared to traditional electric powered lifts that require up to three times longer to charge.

For additional productivity gains, the system can also be opportunity charged in five minutes or less for 30.48 m of drive, plus enough torque for loading.

He comments that the DaVinci scissor lift’s lithium-ion battery can last up to 10 years, which means that the battery should not need to be replaced, and requires no maintenance, throughout the entire design-life of the scissor lift.

When it comes to the DaVinci scissor lift features, it has an advanced battery management system that monitors the machine’s charge and use, while providing detailed diagnostic information about the battery and charge systems through the DavinciGo application.

The all-electric DaVinci AE1932 scissor lift answers the industry’s expectation for performance and productivity in 5.79 m scissor lifts, including an indoor/outdoor 275 kg capacity rating.

He adds that the DaVinci scissor lift has a 0.80 km travel speed, which is up to two times faster than a traditional scissor lift. This enables the machine to move quickly around job sites.

“With its productivity features for end-users, the DaVinci scissor lift sets a new benchmark in the industry for both performance and maintenance,” concludes Bhatia.