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Auto-feed controller

Alerts are sent via J1939

Published 2018-07-30

Morbark, a manufacturer of forestry, biomass, tree care, sawmill, and wood recycling equipment, offers the iQ-View Smart Controller on its 3.0L gas engines for the BeeverTM M12R, M12D and M12RX models.

Morbark has equipped some of its machinery with the iQ-View controllers by IEC (Photo: Morbark)

The iQ-View, produced by Industrial Electronic Controls (IEC), is a display and controller that presents engine and machine parameters to the operator as well as controls the chipper’s auto-feed 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. Either screen can easily be selected for viewing.

With the simple push of a button, the chipper operator can select one of three preset speed settings — for brush, wood or factory setting — plus a custom setting, to maximize machine throughput and productivity, eliminating cumbersome and complicated speed changes. 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,” said Casey Gross from Morbark. “The settings are designed to optimize chipper efficiency, improve output and reduce downtime.” Simple yet extensive on-screen diagnostics allow the user to quickly troubleshoot system issues, minimizing downtime, and maximizing productivity on the job site. This reduces the need and expense for field tech support.

The unit features J1939 connectivity 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,” said Joe Benjamin, the CEO of IEC. “Engineering in our iQ-View Smart Controller gives them a significant market advantage.”

The bar graph shows annual totals and line graph shows the 5-year moving average (Photo: Sipri)

Host controller and display

The IQ-View features a 4,3-inch TFT display with LED backlight. The control unit comes with a heat module. The display has four tactile buttons on each side; throttle up, down and home buttons. There are also red and amber warning LEDs. Local I/O ports include on digital input and four configurable analog/digital inputs, one magnetic pick-up input, and five digital outputs (two are dedicated for 12-A valve control).

The 6-VDC to 36-VDC powered device provides a CAN interface and runs the J1939-21 application layer. Additionally, the IP66- (front) and IP67-rated (rear) unit features Ethernet and USB ports. The operating temperature is -40 °C to +85 °C.

Additional I/O functions 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 3.0L gas engines for the BeeverTM 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.