Adaptation of an attachment to a carrier is a crucial part of the assembly. It should be designed to give the attachment the widest working range without risk of damage to the carrier. And it
should also be as light as possible, but durable.
This adaptation can be performed in countless different ways, existing in the market various types of couplers for this purpose.
New manufacturing methods and technical innovations in hydraulics and electronics have brought new opportunities for adaptation. Today the adaptation may be done with a solid steel
adapter plate or by a smart adaptation unit that can perform some carrier or attachment actions for the operator automatically.
Quick couplers (also called quick hitches), of any type, deserve special attention as they are widely used with construction equipment to allow the rapid change of buckets and hydraulic attachments on the machine. They remove the need to manually drive out and insert the mounting pins for attachments for each change.
Quick couplers essentially improve the speed and productivity in the demolition and recycling industry where many different attachments are used for different work and require frequent
Quick couplers are regulated by the international standard ISO 13031:2016 “Earth moving machinery – Quick couplers”.
In the European market today, there are different types of quick couplers used in demolition and recycling industry which offers different type of features and benefits. Example of key technical criteria to take into account when selecting a quick coupler are:
- Safety of locking system
- Building height
- Turn able 180 degree
- Lifting device
- Speed of change between hydraulic attachments
- Interchangeability with work tools
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