January 6, 2022

BobcatMoog400x275Moog Inc. has announced it partnered with Doosan Bobcat to help build the world’s first all-electric compact track loader. The Bobcat T7X, which does not use hydraulic parts or oil, is a zero-emission and all-electric machine with the power and performance of a diesel hydraulic machine but without the noise, emissions and hydraulic leaks. The system is also built with the expectation of adding autonomous features down the road, the companies said.

Moog’s intelligent machine electrification system includes an integrated software framework, an electric machine controller, lift and tilt electric cylinders, electric traction motors, and power electronics. The T7X aims to be a major step forward for the productivity, safety, and sustainability of construction machinery.

“Bobcat had a vision for an all-electric machine,” said Joe Baldi, director of strategy and partnerships for Moog. “Our conversation began with Moog’s all-electric actuators, but ultimately our talks led to the intelligent machine electrification system. Working in partnership with Bobcat, we were able to bring that all-electric vision to life in six months.”

Doosan Bobcat announced that Sunbelt Rentals will invest in a fleet of the T7X compact track loaders, which will be made available in 2022 under a Bobcat and Sunbelt co-branding.

Moog also announced a new venture, called Moog Construction, which aims to bring the intelligent machine electrification system to market for customers looking to create zero-emission, connected and more automated machines. By integrating multiple subsystems, including power management, motion control, connectivity, and automation, Moog said customers can develop their own differentiated offerings to bring their vision for next-generation machines to life.

“Our vision is to be the leading provider of electrification and automation solutions,” said John Scannell, chairman and CEO of Moog. “This effort brings differentiated technology that will enable the construction industry to move to a more productive, safe, and sustainable future.”

Moog said the system is designed to be connected and automation ready. The system includes sensing and control capabilities needed for automation, while the integrated software framework comes with built-in tools to coordinate multiple axes of motion and precisely control torque, velocity, position, and force. Moog said this would enable customers to develop and deploy valuable automation functionality via software updates more easily and continuously.

For more details on Moog Construction, visit its website here.