Omnibus Precision Power Control System Makes Operator’s Job Easier

Upgraded control system from Vac-Con puts all function in operator’s hand.
Omnibus Precision Power Control System Makes Operator’s Job Easier
Phil Curnalia, left, product improvement specialist with Vac-Con, explains the operation of the Omnibus Precision Power Control System with 2016 WWETT Show attendees. One control operates all of the vacuum and water system functions of combination machines and hydroexcavators, allowing the operator to use only as much power as needed, saving time and fuel while allowing precise movements.

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Efficiency means profit in the hydroexcavation industry. Not only must equipment be fuel-efficient, it also must be easy to operate. The ability for one person to operate the system is an added bonus that can potentially free up man-hours for additional work.

For one person to perform hydroexcavation jobs, though, total control has to be at that operator’s fingertips. That’s exactly what Vac-Con is offering with the Omnibus Precision Power Control System, on display at the 2016 Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show.

POWER OVER ALL FUNCTIONS

The system gives the operator control authority over all vacuum, water and engine functions from one centralized location. One simple control operates all of the vacuum and water system functions of Vac-Con combination machines and hydroexcavators, allowing the operator to use only as much power as needed, saving time and fuel while allowing precise movements of the hydraulic components.

“This is a system that gives you that convenience factor,” says Phil Curnalia, product improvement specialist with Vac-Con. “Because all the controls and displays are in one location, the operator doesn’t have to move. That enables them to get the job done as quick and efficient as possible.”

UPGRADED SYSTEMS

The Precision Power system is Vac-Con’s second generation of its Omnibus Control System, which made its debut approximately seven years ago. It uses an upgraded electrical system (CANbus) that improves hydraulic performance and optimizes hydrostatic vacuum efficiencies, which include lower engine rpm and increased vacuum performance. Curnalia says the changes were necessitated by changes in the way the control system is powered.

“The Omnibus controls the power of the hydroexcavator’s engine to operate and maintain presets,” he says. “Newer units are designed to operate more efficiently without sacrificing power and work capability, so it makes sense that the control system takes those efficiencies into account.”

The system includes an easy-to-use, full-color operator display that contains all necessary operator functions on a single screen, along with a dedicated diagnostics page, chassis page and virtual circuit breaker. All vacuum and water system functions are controlled on a single, central-joystick-style controller for one-hand operation.

The system also includes telematics, and provides the user with data on fuel usage, GPS coordinates and fleet tracking capability. Stats are recorded and are available instantly, helping operators maintain efficiencies during the job.

“Every quality hydroexcavation business needs to keep detailed job records, and this system makes that effortless,” says Curnalia. “The ability to make adjustments while still performing the job is a valuable feature as well, which can lead to substantial time and money savings in the long run.”

DEBUTING AT THE SHOW

Vac-Con is a longtime regular exhibitor at WWETT, and according to Curnalia, the company decided to roll out its upgraded Omnibus Precision Power Control System especially at the 2016 show.

“This is easily the biggest show of the year for us, and always gives us a great opportunity to see a lot of our core customers,” he says. “The 2016 show was fantastic yet again.”

For next year, Curnalia says Vac-Con plans to continue down the efficiency road, finding additional ways for customers to work faster and smarter.

“We are looking at ways to increase fuel savings on our hydroexcavation models, and increase automation to become more efficient,” he says. “That idea is the name of the game now: working smarter, not harder.” 904/284-4200; www.vac-con.com.



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