Sauer-Danfoss’ New Electronic Foot Pedal

Posted on March 14, 2012

Sauer-Danfoss has introduced the new Plus+1 Compliant KEP3 electronic foot pedal, a bi-directional, over-center rocker pedal used to drive vehicles equipped with hydrostatic transmissions and/or electronically controlled engines. The KEP3 model expands the Sauer-Danfoss foot pedal product range, joining the existing uni-directional KEP foot pedal.

The new foot pedal is targeted for vehicle applications with a high duty cycle of direction changes, such as warehouse trucks, piggyback fork trucks and other material handling equipment, said Joseph P. Maher, product marketing manager The KEP3 electronic foot pedal typically delivers commands to the electronic transmission or the engine controller, where the output signal of the foot pedal is proportional to the angle of the foot pedal actuation.

The KEP3 model has 14 degrees angular rotation fore and aft and features a sensor — specifically designed for heavy equipment applications — that uses Hall Effect technology. This special sensor provides two different types of redundant signals to fit a variety of control strategies. The redundant sensors feature independent isolated circuits and protection against electrical misconnection.

Part of the Plus+1 family of mobile machine management products, both the KEP3 bi-directional and KEP uni-directional foot pedals are designed to integrate with other Sauer-Danfoss Plus+1 products.