Most machinery used on industrial and construction sites is single-purpose, light-duty and gas-powered. This includes welders, electrical generators, stump grinders and concrete mixers. This portable equipment is noisy to operate, generally inefficient and difficult to move around on rugged sites. It has limited power and wears out quickly. This IPRO project is exploring ways in which the power-take-off (PTO) systems on industrial tractors and skid-steer loaders can be used to provide power for these types of applications. This should reduce the initial cost of this equipment, provide adequate power even for large jobs, reduce noise for the equipment operators and allow the equipment to be moved easily anywhere on site.
The purpose of the IPRO team is to investigate potential applications for PTO-mounted devices on industrial and construction sites. The students will be looking at existing equipment and the ways such equipment could be powered by industrial tractors and skid-steer loaders and other hydraulically powered equipment available on these types of projects.
The team will investigate the types of equipment used on construction and industrial job sites and the product offerings currently available for these purposes. The team will then brainstorm how this equipment could be redesigned to be used on the PTO or skid-steer and whether it would be advantageous. This can include a methodical consideration of user-centered design factors, technical feasibility and business viability of any concepts that are developed.