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Lift With The Shift - IVT 2010



In the past, the controls on industrial vehicles changed little. Switches were expected to handle the load of whatever they were switching, and hydraulic valves were directly controlled by levers. In recent years, however, as in the automotive field, there has been a move towards the use of electronic control units, which has led to the development of many exciting new possibilities.

Aside from the ergonomic and haptic arguments, universal switches controlling the vehicle movements must be suitable for modern ECUs, so the control equipment has to perform with low signal levels. To switch only a few milliamps can cause critical problems for mechanical switches, as they are designed for switching much higher currents. This has led to the development of many products using reed contacts and... 

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