DICKEY-john's FLEX4 Control System
March 13, 2012
Auburn, IL - DICKEY-john Corporation, based in
The Flex4 material control system offers many enhancements over the current DICKEY-john Control Point and competitor ice control systems. The four-channel system offers an auxiliary control channel for either granular or liquid control allowing quick changeover from de-icing to anti-icing applications and eliminating the time required to get out of the vehicle and change hydraulic hose connections. The Flex4 was designed with year-round use capabilities to further expand beyond the winter months. Roadside weed control and spreading rock on roadside edges can be easily metered with appropriate units of measurement. The system also includes the flexibility to control a variety of electric or hydraulic-driven attachments with the ability to manually adjust the speed from the cab.
Truck Fleet Management software consisting of PC software and a wireless modem with integrated GPS installed in each truck captures critical vehicle location and spread data. This allows for easy expense calculations of each truck or fleet including material, fuel, labor, and equipment costs. GPS coordinates of truck spreading routes are stored in the system and can be viewed in map format via the PC software.
Pat Fuchs, Product Manager at DICKEY-john commented, “Flex4 control system is a complete control solution offering several new enhancements not currently available to the Public Works industry today. The system is designed with a user-friendly operator interface for year-round usage and is an invaluable tool to help city, county, and state agencies monitor truck fleets; thereby keeping equipment and material costs within budget limits and accountable to tax payers.”
Additional features include:
- A CAN BUS design that utilizes a remote-mount control ECU providing a platform that supports customization for future capability expansion
- An optional video camera that displays rear view of the truck allows monitoring of material dispensed and avoidance of potential accidents
- Accepts up to 19 optional sensor inputs for monitoring vehicle performance
Flex4 will be featured at the APWA Congress show, held in
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