Open Connect™ – Tiltrotator control system
Open Connect™ is a complete control system solution for machine manufacturers and machine dealers who want to standardize their machines and make them ready for tiltrotator control. The system is based on our world-leading control system platform and on more than 20 years of experience in tiltrotator control.
Ergonomic joysticks for tiltrotator control
To best control all the functions of a tiltrotator, multifunctional joystick are required. Multifunctional joysticks are normally not offered in an excavator. Our ergonomic multifunctional L8 grip is specially designed for this purpose and enables simultaneous control of all functions of the tiltrotator, while allowing control of additional optional functions. The grip can be adapted and configured easily via our web configurator.
In an excavator there are often several systems that you want to be able to communicate with via the joystick grips. Therefore we have developed our QIO™ – CAN I/O Converter which makes it easy to convert the joystick grips CAN-bus signals into several different commonly used signal types or functions.
Control of the machine’s AUX hydraulics
With Open Connect™, we calculate and proportionally control the excavator’s hydraulic valve used to supply the tiltrotator with oil. The control of this valve is very critical to the tiltrotator operator experience. With Open Connect™, our long experience in proportional control and auto-calibration function, we guarantee the best operator experience the market has to offer. How this valve is controlled can vary on different machines and our system can handle several different technical solutions.
Open tiltrotator interface
The basis for Open Connect™ is the open interface to a tiltrotator, which is compatible with the MiC 4.0 Bus. The MiC 4.0 Bus is developed within “MiC 4.0 – Machines in Construction, Cluster 7 – Attachments”.
With this interface, machine manufacturers or machine dealers no longer have to install and manage several different tiltrotator-specific control systems. They can now choose to standardize with an open system where they can ensure uniform installations and operator experiences for their machines, while simplifying the management of spare parts and support.
Open Connect™ offers great configuration possibilities where you can do everything from fine-tuning the valve control to saving several different settings profiles for different drivers or work tools. All these settings as well as diagnostics etc. are available in different user levels via several different HMI solutions. We adapt and use the solution that best suits your needs and machines.
Wireless work tool recognition
Open Connect™ also includes support for wireless work tool recognition, which means that if a work tool is equipped with a ToolRec Module (TRM), the system will automatically identify which bucket or work tool is being used by the excavator at any given time. This identification is then passed on to the Machine Control Systems (MCS) via an open CAN bus protocol. The correct dimensions are automatically updated in the MCS, preventing potential error sources and minimizing the risk of using the wrong work tool, leading to costly rework.
Joystick control of wheels or tracks
Work with an excavator equipped with a tiltrotator can be further optimized with Open Connect™. The system can be complemented with support for joystick control of the excavator’s wheels or tracks. This means that the operator does not have to release the joystick grips when moving the machine. The operator can easily continue digging while the machine is moved.
We offer complete solutions with electronics, software and hydraulic valves to safely control the wheels or tracks.
Sharing of sensor data and automation
Most tiltrotators today are equipped with sensors that detect the work tool’s position. With our open CAN-bus protocol, this sensor data is made available to machine control systems (MCS), providing the MCS with precise and correct information of the work tool’s position, even when rotated or tilted.
Using our open interface some machine control systems even support automatic control of the tiltrotator via the MCS. This combined with the sharing of the ToolRec data mentioned in the previous chapter “Wireless work tool recognition”, makes for a powerful combination.
Powerful wireless service tool
Open Connect™ comes with a user-friendly service app. We have collected advanced system settings and simplified them into something that is easy to understand and configure for the technician. The control system and hydraulic settings are fine-tuned in the workshop for new installations. Software updates and firmwares are easily managed. The flexibility of the service tool allows easy access to the machine in the field via Bluetooth.
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