John Deere offers three new option levels of its JDLink monitoring system. The Advanced, Ultimate and Direct levels are available for field or factory installation on 46 models of John Deere construction equipment. The original JDLink Standard level automatically collects, transmits and manages machine data, which can be viewed at a single password-protected website. The data allows customers to check machine operation times, track machine locations and set restrictions on when machines are allowed to run. The system hardware is connected directly into the electrical system of the machine.
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Topcon Positioning Systems
The Topcon Image Master Modeler Software from Topcon Positioning Systems allows users to generate 3D models quickly from digital images. Models can be used for measuring, mapping, images and interpretation in a wide variety of applications. Using digital camera images, the software produces models with accuracies up to 0.4mm. It also produces 3D coordinate points and surfaces by measurements made in two or more digital photographic images taken from different positions.
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Qualcomm's GlobalTracs Lite system is an asset management tool that provides operational and location information with management applications. It offers proactive theft-prevention and recovery features, including a back-up battery to alert if the power is cut. Assisted-GPS technology enables visibility inside buildings and locations without clear view of the sky. The system also features updated engine-hour data that shows when the equipment is running, which helps to identify underutilized equipment that can be redeployed to increase productivity.
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The ZXLink Machine Monitoring Systems from Hitachi are designed for users to control their fleet operations. The company now offers three option levels including Standard, Advanced and Ultimate. The basic ZXLink Standard level automatically collects, transmits and manages machine data. The Advanced option provides all the Standard level features plus a percentage breakdown of machine-idling hours versus working hours. The Ultimate feature allows users to access machine pressures, temperatures and speeds that are captured and displayed in an understandable format that can be downloaded onto a spreadsheet for further analysis.
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Komatsu America introduces its Komtrax technology, which sends equipment operating information to a secure website using wireless technology. Features such as hour meter, location, cautions and maintenance alerts are relayed to the web application for analysis. The Komtrax fleet monitoring system is designed to increase machine availability, reduce the risk of machine theft, allow for remote diagnostics by the distributor, and provide information to drive business efficiency and productivity.
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JLG's ClearSky connected-asset system is designed for aerial work platforms. ClearSky provides a two-way communication link to the machine control system using satellite and cellular technology to gather information. The telematics control unit and associated hardware can be factory installed or retrofitted to existing equipment. Additional features include on-demand diagnostics and troubleshooting; preventive maintenance alerts based on real-world operating conditions that help reduce unexpected failures; machine maintenance history; operating system integration; geo fencing; and GPS location.
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