In the eternal quest to improve upon safety, efficiency, comfort, productivity and return on investment, and to meet some legislative requirements (see Tier 4 emissions), the mobile equipment world has embraced numerous advances afforded by technology.
All around CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE you will find components, equipment and exhibits which provide wonderful examples of the advances made for the greater good in the world of construction equipment. OEMs, dealers, renters, operators, service technicians and owners will all be able to point out technologies which have helped them to better handle the daily challenges they face. And some of those advances have added to the controls network requirements, particularly as they relate to bandwidth and real-time determinism. While CAN networks have become increasingly common in mobile equipment over the last 10 to 15 years, there is now a growing interest in alternative control network technology which offers much better performance.