Rototilt and Steelwrist announce alliance to provide fully automatic quick couplers

Published 21/4 at 10:59

As fully automatic quick couplers continue to grow in popularity with more manufacturers releasing solutions, interchangeability between different manufacturers has become an increasingly important topic.

Today Steelwrist and Rototilt have announced their goal to achieve global interchangeability between work tools with integrated oil couplings.

The aim of the alliance is based on ‘Symmetrical Quick Couplers’ (S-type), the well-known open industry standard which is the world’s fastest growing type of excavator quick coupler. The main aim of the symmetrical standard has been to safeguard interchangeability between manufacturers of quick couplers, tiltrotators, buckets and work tools. One reason for its success is that it is open and not controlled by one specific manufacturer.

“When we now launch and extend our ‘QuickChange’ range of full automatic quick couplers, it was only natural to build on the symmetrical standard, which we have followed since 20 years, that was already compact, relatively light weight and robust. With the addition of oil couplings and an electrical interface, it will be unrivalled on the international market,” says Anders Jonsson, CEO of Rototilt Group AB.

The underlying reasons of forming the Alliance was to increase safety, flexibility and efficiency for excavator owners, excavator operators and ground personnel, as work tool interchangeability is ensured between different manufacturers products. It will also strive for a competitive and open industry standard that is not controlled by a single producer and to make it cost efficient to retrofit adaptor brackets to be used as well as new buckets and work tools.

The bold ambition of the alliance is that it should be open to join for other manufacturers who have developed compatible solutions. “We clearly see that there is a need for the alliance as our SQ range has been booming since we launched almost three years ago. The main reason why we have been working to create the alliance is that we do not believe in locking customers into proprietary solutions that they must live with forever,” says Stefan Stockhaus, CEO of Steelwrist AB. More information will come later in the spring of 2020 and the target is to announce more details before Svenska Maskinmässan 4-6 June 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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