Ashley, Chairman Essex North Panel, has requested help with the following please:
Remap Essex North have been asked to make a remote stop device for an older Kubota Mini Tractor. The Tractor is used on a Therapy Farm run by a very experienced OT. Clients are occasionally allowed to drive the tractor once the supervisor is happy they are competent to do so and have had enough training. Currently if anything goes wrong or a dangerous situation arises the supervisor reaches over the drivers leg and pulls the stop control. Tractor is quite old and diesel powered stopping it is possible only by cutting the fuel achieved by pulling the stop lever, this is common to most older diesel farm equipment. We have been asked to make a remote stop device, the solution we have currently is a cord (extending dog lead?) attached to the control in such a way that pulling it will activate the stop control. However, this solution is not really what is required they really want a completely remote system that the driver is not aware of , I think this is a driver confidence issue. Remote we take to mean within 20-30M or so with safety person behind or out of direct sight of the driver whist still being able to assess the driving. Tractor is used on level ground albeit quite muddy at times. We have thought of solenoid valves and car key fobs but all have issues with failing safe. Has anybody made something like this? Perhaps a contact with a University or College could help we are open to any ideas or if you want more information do get in touch.