JLG Industries, Inc., a global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and telehandlers, has introduced its newest offering to the access industry: the all-electric DaVinci™ AE1932 scissor lift. Featuring zero hydraulics to help eliminate job site leaks and zero emissions to help control job site pollution, this 19-foot (5.79 m) scissor lift is purpose-built for applications where stringent environmental regulations must be met.
Every component on the DaVinci scissor is fully optimized — including the control, lift, drive, and steering systems — to reduce the machine’s energy consumption by up to 70% as compared to a traditional scissor lift. This reduced energy consumption allows for the use of a single, lithium-ion battery.
“The DaVinci AE1932 scissor lift represents the next generation of electrification,” said Shashank Bhatia, senior director of engineering for MEWPs at JLG. “While there is no shortage of battery-powered or electric scissor lifts on the market today, these other models continue to include hydraulic cylinders for actuation, which require hydraulic oil for operation, leaving the possibility open for messy leaks on sensitive job sites. JLG continues to push the envelope in innovation around the entire construction ecosystem, from our rental partners to job sites. This new JLG® all-electric machine unlocks new possibilities and applications where these types of machines could not be used in the past due to concerns surrounding leaks.”
DaVinci lifts use a distributed architecture where each system (lift, drive, and steer) is connected independently, helping reduce voltage drops and latency, while enabling the control system on the scissor to connect and communicate directly with each system.
Because the control system is fully connected to the entire machine, the DaVinci scissor can transmit data back to operators, fleet managers and service technicians via Bluetooth and cellular networks. This sets the stage for new features like the DaVinciGo app. This app provides real-time machine health and battery status information and the ability for service technicians to perform remote diagnostics and push over-the-air software updates.
The drive system on the all-electric DaVinci lift has permanent magnets which generate torque and create motion to spin the motor. It is estimated that permanent magnet performance can increase the efficiency of a motor by up to 20-30% on average. Motors with permanent magnets have a long life and require zero serviceability.
For smooth operation, the independent controllers of the DaVinci lift’s steering system are designed to help reduce tire scrubbing on job sites, which helps control tire wear and limits damage to sensitive flooring.
The AE1932’s intuitive steering system allows DaVinci lift operators to easily maneuver the machine into and around, narrow-access and space-restricted areas to get work done where it’s needed.
The lift system on the new DaVinci scissor lift is designed with an electromechanical lift actuator, replacing the hydraulic cylinder design of traditional electric scissor lifts. Since there are no hydraulics, the AE1932 does not leak, which means it can be used without diapers.
“The simplified design makes the AE1932 noticeably different when working at height,” said Rafael Nunez, senior product manager of scissor and vertical lifts at JLG. “Traditional battery-powered lifts have hoses routed throughout the scissor stack, whereas the DaVinci lift has no hoses for a clean, modern appearance with significantly reduced maintenance and service requirements.”
Furthermore, the DaVinci scissor lift system is engineered to recover energy as the platform descends, sending it back to the battery to help maximize use between charges.
DaVinci lifts can be fully charged in as little as 3 1/2 hours, increasing its utilization throughout the workday as compared to traditional electric powered lifts that require up to three times longer to charge.
For additional productivity gains, the system can also be opportunity charged in five minutes or less for 100 ft (30.48 m) of drive, plus enough torque for loading.
The DaVinci lift’s lithium-ion battery can last up to 10 years, which means that the battery should not need to be replaced, and requires no maintenance throughout the entire design-life of the scissor lift.
In addition, the DaVinci lift features an advanced battery management system that monitors the machine’s charge and usage, while providing detailed diagnostic information about the battery and charge systems via the DavinciGo App.
The all-electric DaVinci AE1932 scissor lift answers the industry’s expectation for performance and productivity in 19-foot (5.79 m) scissor lifts, including an indoor/outdoor 606-lb (275 kg) capacity rating.
The DaVinci AE1932 lift has a four mph (6.44 km/h) travel speed, which is up to 2x faster than a traditional scissor lift. This enables the machine to move quickly around job sites.
Another productivity enhancing feature is progressive elevated drive speed, a JLG industry first. This function slows the unit down as its elevated, instead of defaulting to 0.5 mph (0.80 km/h) like a standard scissor lift.
The machine has a compact footprint, weighs 3,450 lb (1,564.89 kg) and 25% gradeability.
DaVinci lifts also comply with the latest ANSI and CSA industry standards, featuring a load sensing system, self-closing gate, and the JLG QuikFold rail system. It comes standard with JLG Mobile Control, allowing users to drive, steer, and load the scissor lift from any iOS or Android mobile device.
“With its productivity features for end-users, the DaVinci AE1932 scissor lift sets a new benchmark in the industry for both performance and maintenance,” adds Nunez.