Muncie Power Omni-System Plus

Muncie upgrades snow, ice control

March 25, 2020
New Omni-System, Omni-System Plus designed to meet variety of applications, help optimize fleet utilization

Muncie Power Products’ Snow and Ice Division recently launched the new Omni-System and Omni-System Plus.

The new Plus system is equipped with the latest technologies to meet a variety of snow and ice applications, including V-body and tailgate spreaders, anti-ice systems, tow plow setups and directional spinner systems. With the capability of interchanging bodies on the fly with the Omni-System Plus controller, fleet managers are able to optimize fleet utilization.  

The Omni-System Plus Controller is equipped with a capacitive 7-inch touch display, powered with NXP’s IMX-6 high-performance processor. The larger touchscreen and processor provide vivid, easy-to-read graphics for snow and ice operation, allowing the driver to keep their focus on the road.

Additionally, the controller is equipped with STM processor technology based on the ARM cortex M4. The hardware overhaul allows Muncie Power to roll out additional features such as camera inputs, video playback for operator training purposes, and more. 

“The hardware upgrade has easily increased our processing power by four times,” said Kevin Wijesekera, embedded engineering manager.

Building upon the Omni-System Plus predecessor, the new controller also is equipped with remote diagnostic capabilities. Being an emergency vehicle, the remote diagnostic support application allows Muncie Power to provide immediate technical support without being on-site.

“Muncie Power gathered feedback from our customer base and looked at numerous design paths,” said Kevin Woehler, group manager for technology solutions. “We ultimately decided to maintain the tactile controls for optimum operator safety. While the full touch solutions are novel, Muncie Power’s tactical approach keeps the operator’s eyes on the road.

“The diagnostic application on the controller provides unparalleled customer support. Our engineering team has the ability to observe all critical system information and remotely support our customers when they launch the application from the controller. From resetting a passcode, to increasing actuator speeds, or diagnosing an issue, we can tune in and help immediately.”

The new standard Omni-System is a mid-level solution for snow and ice control vehicles, the company said. 

Providing the ultimate balance of performance, economy, convenience and safety, the new controller is intuitive and extremely easy to set up and operate. Utilizing CAN BUS communication between the in-cab controls and hydraulic valves, minimal conductors are required to be routed external to the cab. “Due to the corrosive nature of deicing agents, eliminating wires, and wire bundles, is critical to reliable and failsafe operation,” said Randy Fowler, sales director for the technology sales group.

Building upon the Omni-System predecessor, the new controller maintains a similar tactile and easy-to-use layout, yet includes a number of developments, Muncie added.

“The new controller will be paired with an enhanced hydraulic setup, which will support flow sharing among functions and optimum motion control. Users will notice more responsive and smoother operation,” Woehler said.

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