Hilltip’s New StrikeSmart PLUS Controller Uses Real-Time Data to Guide, Automate Spreaders and Sprayers


Hilltip has updated its innovative HTrack system with the new StrikeSmart PLUS controller, available for the company’s line of winter maintenance spreaders and sprayers. Featuring an easy-to-use 8.7-inch touchscreen, the new control system monitors real-time weather forecasts and surface conditions and then recommends the ideal materials and spread rates for effective ice management. It also automates equipment settings to ensure the proper material rates are applied. As a result, this exclusive technology allows winter maintenance professionals to control ice with an unprecedented level of confidence, efficiency and precision.

The StrikeSmart PLUS controller works in conjunction with Hilltip’s TempStriker sensor, which continually monitors variables like temperature, humidity and surface conditions. It also assesses up-to-the-minute weather forecasts tailored to the driver’s location. The system analyzes the combined data and recommends the appropriate application rate for the job according to current and forecasted conditions. It can also suggest the most effective materials to use, such as granular salt, sand, pre-wetted salt or liquid brine.

If the recommended rates are accepted, the spreader and/or sprayer will automatically adjust its settings according to vehicle speed to achieve the target rate precisely and consistently across the property being managed. As a result, drivers can focus on safe driving without the distraction of modifying equipment settings. Efficiency is also maximized by eliminating over- and under-applying material.

“Many winter maintenance professionals aren’t confident in which materials to spread and at what rates, especially when it comes to liquids,” said Craig Sandmann, North American Sales/Operations for Hilltip. “Our StrikeSmart PLUS controller eliminates the guesswork with automated, science-based recommendations using real-time weather forecasting and road condition monitoring. This game-changing technology is like having a digital road scout, ensuring you always apply the right amount of material for the current situation.”

The SprayStriker PLUS controller is optional for Hilltip’s line of IceStriker spreaders and SprayStriker sprayers.

Headquartered in Pietarsaari, Finland, Hilltip is a leading manufacturer of road maintenance equipment in Europe. With equipment designed and built in an area that averages at least six months of snowfall every year, Hilltip is known for its extreme durability and advanced technologies. With the acquisition of Industrial Metal Products (Industrial Truck Beds) in 2022, Hilltip now has a manufacturing, sales and service location in Fort Wayne, Ind. to better cater to the North American market. For more information, contact Hilltip Corp. at 260-447-7900 or visit the website at www.hilltipna.com.

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