Typical Chassis

The DMF Remote Control system can be installed on virtually any truck with air brakes and that has a manual or Allison automatic transmission.

Remote Control COMMON USES:

Material Handler / Cross Tie Loader
A single operator on a boom truck can load and unload material onto the bed and move the truck short distances to the next loading site without ever leaving the operator’s chair. **Note: Not for cranes that require continuous 360-degree rotation.

Mobile Welding Truck
Mobile welding plants often have to move short distances from weld to weld. The DMF remote control system is a great solution that allows the operator to control the truck from a vantage point where positioning is made easier by being near the welding head. Automatic transmissions and full reversing gearboxes are also often used to enhance performance in this type of application.

Remote Control

The DMF Remote Control System is a productivity-enhancing addition to any truck which allows its user to drive a hi-rail vehicle on track from a location other than the driver’s seat. From the remote station the operator has control over all the truck functions needed to move the vehicle forward and backward on rail without leaving the workstation. Functions available at the remote station include service brake, spring brake release, engine throttle, clutch operation, forward / reverse gear selection, transmission range, PTO control, air horn, and engine restart.

Most functions are electric or “electric-over-pneumatic” using 12V electrical signals to operate truck equipment either directly or via a bank of air valves located in the cab. Air from the valve bank is used to actuate functions either directly or by means of several cylinders installed on the chassis. A proportional hand-operated air valve is used for service brake application allowing for finer direct control and brake feathering.

We now offer a wireless option to allow for continuous rotation!  Please call DMF for more information.



Safety: The DMF remote system is designed with a “positive control” which requires constant user action to move the vehicle forward or backward. Gear selection and release of the parking (spring) brake is performed via a single spring-loaded joystick. If the lever is released, the gear selector returns to neutral and the parking brake is applied. There is also a large red ‘Emergency Stop’ button on the control box which, when depressed, cuts all electrical power and air to the system putting the truck in a safe configuration (neutral, parking brake applied, PTO disengaged).

Control Box: The complete controls are mounted in a single box with a durable hard cover and lockable hasp to protect components from the elements and tampering. All control signals pass though a single multi-conductor cable and two flexible airlines. The box can be mounted on a pedestal wherever it is needed for the truck operator.