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Joystick controls: Terex updates its Genie SmartLink

GRANTHAM/UNITED KINGDOM, April 15, 2015 – Like Airbus pilots, operators can now move up and down with a precise joystick thanks to the new controls on Genie’s scissor lifts.

Terex subsidy Genie upgraded the system in 2014 with a simplified user interface and new controls. The upgraded version of the Genie SmartLink is fully integrated as standard on all ten European models of Genie electric scissor lifts produced in Coventry UK and Genie Runabout products  made in Redmond, WA, USA. For earlier Genie SmartLink equipped units, a retrofit kit including software update, controller overlay replacement, upgrade decal kit and replacement manuals is available to order without the need to replace existing platform or ground control units.

Positive user feedback

Genie says it has been getting an enthusiastic response from equipment owners and operators. “Feedback from end-users has been excellent. The SmartLink upgrade features proportional joystick lift and drive controls instead of 2 speed push-buttons. Movements with the joystick are more precise and smoother, making elevation or drive easier and faster,” said Roger Wickens, Group Technical Manager of Lavendon. Equipment technicians are equally impressed with the upgraded SmartLink system, adds Wickens: “Our customers appreciate the system’s simplified screen overview. On-board diagnostics are easy and advanced trouble-shooting at ground level is convenient thanks to the Ethernet cable feature that connects to any laptop computer.”
In Israel, for Avi Arditi, Technical Service Manager for Authorized Genie Distributors AMIR, the SmartLink upgrade delivers several other benefits. “We love the colour-coded connection system which makes installation much simpler. Troubleshooting is also more efficient. If a cable comes loose, an on-screen message immediately identifies the corresponding cable. Thanks to the automatic calibration system, machines can now be calibrated with zero load, which is a great time-saver.”