THE FINNISH TECHNOLOGY TO KEEP YOUR DRIVEWAY SNOW FREE
While snowstorms are unpredictable and it’s impossible to know what each snow season will bring, proper preparation is essential for reducing the effects of a harsh winter season. Ensuring roads remain clear during snowstorms is critical to keep residents safe and commerce flowing during the winter months.
HillTip AB is a technological manufacturer specialized in equipment for light pickups, SUVs and trucks. The Finnish climate and many years of experience has made HillTip AB experts in developing the most efficient and durable products for snow-and-ice control.
Lifestyle tailored towards snow and cold weather
Snowy season can be a stressful time, especially when snowstorms have the ability to take over entire municipalities. Why are some countries more prepared than others when the big storms come?
Finland is a country that stands apart in terms of handling snow. As snow and cold weather is so commonplace in northern Europe, Finland has adapted much of its society to always being ready to respond to the snow. Finnish lifestyle is tailored towards the frequent cold weather.
One aspect of life that keeps Finland ahead during the winter is that cold weather and snow is taken for granted as if it were just another day, since it is so common. School isn’t cancelled because of sub-zero temperatures and people can still be seen outside. In contrast, weather-related school closings are a constant source of anxiety in a number of major European cities. For much of southern Europe, all it takes is “any snow” to shut schools down. The real difference is the preparedness.
All Finnish car owners are required by law to equip their cars with winter tyres, which can either be all-weather tyres, or studded tyres. Drivers have to be on the alert as soon as the weather turns wintry. Visibility diminishes down to next to nil, roads are slippery, braking distances are longer and driving in deep snow gives drivers less control over their vehicle.
Finland has a longstanding industrial tradition as far as snow and ice control is concerned. They also have a reputation for machine construction and have a responsible approach to everything that they undertake. This combination has led to specialization and innovation in the manufacture of quality engineering and technological products.
HillTip AB, the expertise and innovation for snow removal
Benefiting from this strong innovational environment, HillTip AB was founded by two brothers Tom and Frank Mäenpää in 2004. At that time, the company was purely an import company, but it soon began to manufacture and develop its own machines and tools.
The reason was the necessity to design machinery to suit the European conditions. When a journalist from the Ammattiautot magazine asked the Hilltip Business Developer Manager, Frank Mäenpää, where the success of the company lay, he answered that they are designing and developing products to meet European needs, and that weight is the most significant difference between products made in North America. Lighter equipment is needed here.
The product selection includes snowplows, spreaders, de-icing sprayers, fertilizers, sweepers, pressure washers as well as tracking systems. All HillTip’s extensive product range is made in Pietarsaari.
Light snowplows to pave the way
The range of HillTip snowplows are designed to be attached to the front end of different vehicles, from pickups, to tractors and small trucks. Their versatility helps users quickly clear their driveways and roads during snow events.
HillTip AB is a leading technology manufacturer of high-quality road maintenance equipment, paving ways worldwide.
The HillTip Straight blade snowplow is the first plow of its kind built in Europe. The HillTip Quick Hitch mounts makes this easy on-and-off snowplow compatible with most pickups and SUVs on the market.
The curved, powder-coated snow blade is made of high-strength steel, which in this case is key to its light yet durable snowplow. The cutting edge is adjustable and the trip edge is in two segments, giving the best snowplow protection on the market.
An essential part of production is also car-specific fittings for connecting devices to cars. The goal is that as much of the technology required by the accessories as possible is on the device itself, making it possible to minimize car changes.
For example, the hydraulics required by the plow and the necessary lamps are integrated into the device itself. All that is needed is the proper power supply and function control. Cleaners and solvent dispensers, which can also be combined, use a control device that can accurately recorded. The device stores information about where and how much of the solution or dry matter has been applied.
HillTip’s own design and production control is based on the use of CAN bus technology. HillTip has adopted the CAN Bus technology in its equipment in order to standardize and secure communications.
The introduction of the CAN bus technology in the automotive industry was driven by the growing number of components for driver convenience, which needed to be connected such as: climate control, seat and mirror adjustment, electric windows, anti-theft systems, central light and locking mechanisms.
The idea behind CAN bus technology is to allow the car parts to communicate with each other without a host computer. This technology allows car users, dealers and manufacturers to make changes to the vehicle without changing any mechanical parts.
HillTip will continue on this path of developing new features for current products and new products that will help the users and contractors to become more cost effective.
They are currently developing a new solution, which uses the RA-Mini actuator as the perfect fit for a robust application. More details are to be unveiled soon as it is just about to be launched.