JLG’s DaVinci AE1932 scissor lift sets new industry benchmark

JLG DaVinci

JLG Industries’ all-electric DaVinci AE1932 scissor lift, which features zero hydraulics, is now available. 

As the lift does not use hydraulics, the DaVinci AE1932 is able to help eliminate jobsite leaks, while its battery power supply produces zero emissions to help control jobsite pollution. 

The 5.79-metre scissor lift is purpose-built for applications where stringent environmental regulations must be met. 

The machine has a compact footprint, weighs 1,564.89 kg and 25 per cent gradeability. 

Every component on the DaVinci scissor lift is optimized — including the control, lift, drive and steering systems — to reduce the machine’s energy consumption by up to 70 per cent, compared to a traditional scissor lift. The 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 mobile elevated work platforms 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 jobsites. 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.”

Distributed architecture 

JLG DaVinci

The DaVinci lifts use a distributed architecture where each system — lift, drive and steer — is connected independently, helping to reduce voltage drops and latency, while enabling the control system on the scissor to connect and communicate directly with each system. 

Since the control system is fully connected to the entire machine, the DaVinci scissor is able to 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, which delivers real-time machine health and battery status information. This provides the ability for service technicians to perform remote diagnostics and push over-the-air software updates.

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The drive system on the all-electric DaVinci lift is built with permanent magnets, which generate torque and create motion to spin the motor. According to JLG, it is estimated that permanent magnet performance can increase the efficiency of a motor by up to 20 to 30 per cent, on average. As well, motors with permanent magnets have a long life and do not require serviceability. 

Lift System

The DaVinci lift system is designed with an electromechanical lift actuator, which replaces the hydraulic cylinder design of traditional electric scissor lifts. As the lift does not include 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. The recaptured energy is stored in the battery to help maximize use between charges. 

Reduced tire scrubbing

For smooth operation of the lift, the independent controllers of the DaVinci’s steering system are designed to help reduce tire scrubbing on jobsites, which helps control tire wear and limit damage to sensitive flooring. 

As well, the AE1932’s intuitive steering system allows DaVinci lift operators to easily manoeuvrer the machine into and around, narrow-access and space-restricted areas to complete work where it’s needed. 

Quick charging

DaVinci lifts can be fully charged in as little as three and a half hours, increasing its utilization throughout the workday. 

In comparison, traditional electric lifts require up to three times longer to charge. 

For additional productivity gains, the system can also be quickly charged in 5 minutes or less for about 30.48 metres of drive, plus enough torque for loading.

The DaVinci’s lithium-ion battery can last up to 10-years, according to JLG, which means the battery should not need to be replaced, or require maintenance, throughout the entire design-life of the scissor lift.

The DaVinci lift also features an advanced battery management system to monitor the machine’s charge and usage, while providing diagnostic information about the battery and charge systems via the DavinciGo App.

DaVinci specs

The AE1932 scissor lift includes an indoor/outdoor 275 kg capacity rating. The DaVinci also has a 6.44 km per hour travel speed, which is up to twice as fast as a traditional scissor lift. This enables the machine to move quickly around jobsites. 

A first for JLG, the lift includes progressive elevated drive speed to enhance productivity. This function slows the unit down as its elevated, instead of 0.8 km per hour like a standard scissor lift. 

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,” Nunez said.

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