In today's episode, we return with another installment in our Mobile and Off-Highway Equipment series, focusing on the Controller Area Network, also known as CAN Bus.

With the electrification of vehicles today, even most of the engines we see worldwide, contain engine control units. An ECU is responsible for running all the information and functionality of an engine, and they can only do so through a Controller Area Network Bus or CAN Bus. Essentially, a communication device for technology.

As the drive towards better machine safety, machine performance, and machine capability continues, the movement remains driven by technological advancement.

New technology expands possibility.

But technology, more often than not, proves to be a double-edged sword. And in this instance, as machine builders and operators incorporate new technology into said machines, it's essential to remember that not all technology is the same. Not all technology speaks the same language.

When this factor comes into play, and different technologies are available, the question of, "Why choose one technology over another?" becomes critical.

  • Are there inherent drawbacks or limitations that come with the cost?
  • Can you find a partner that understands the technical benefits without ignoring the technology's weaknesses or limitations?

When the evolution of a large, expensive, and potentially dangerous piece of equipment is at play, and its equipment is relegated to new technology, the wrong choice can lead to serious consequences. This only proves more accurate when discussing an integral component, such as the CAN Bus in Mobile and Off-highway Equipment.

Here to have such a discussion with Tim is return guest Fritz Jaessing. He is the account manager at LOR Mobile Controls, Morrell Group's newest subsidiary.

Based in central Michigan, LOR Mobile Controls engineers and manufactures control equipment for OEM off-highway customers. Equipment such as radio remote controls, machine start panels, wiring harnesses, and, of course, controller area network buses.

If you find yourself wanting more upon finishing this episode, be sure to check out Fritz's other appearance on Evolution in Controls: LOR Mobile Controls Creates Reliable Radio Communication for Off-Highway Equipment Manufacturers and all of the other EIC episodes.

You can also learn more about LOR Mobile Controls on their website!

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