Engcon & Volvo deliver on global collaboration

The first Engcon eML (engcon Machine Link) and Volvo Smart Connect-compatible machines resulting from Engcon and Volvo Construction Equipment's 2020-agreed collaboration will be delivered to customers during the first quarter of 2021.
Loading, Hauling & Excavation / February 23, 2021
By Guy Woodford
The first Engcon eML (engcon Machine Link) and Volvo Smart Connect-compatible machines resulting from Engcon and Volvo Construction Equipment's 2020-agreed collaboration will be delivered to customers during Q1 2021

The companies say that the updated EC250 E and EC300 E excavators will have Engcon's tiltrotator and safe quick hitches fitted as integral parts of the models.

eML (engcon Machine Link) is Engcon's solution which, together with Volvo Smart Connect, enables Engcon's tiltrotator to become an integral part of the machine. Via a smart interface, Engcon's control system can communicate with the machine's computer to control the tiltrotator and integration with Volvo's own developed machine control system Dig Assist.

Volvo Smart Connect is Volvo's solution for an open interface for collaborative tool manufacturers, enabling an Engcon tiltrotator with a DC2 control system to be installed and integrated with a compatible and prepared Volvo excavator.

"With this intelligent solution, Engcon's tiltrotator can become a fully integrated part of the machine, and the benefits are many: time savings during installation, retained CE marking and direct integration with Volvo Dig Assist, to name just a few. Customers can enjoy a fully integrated solution where value and customer experience are totally in focus," explains Fredrik Eklind, product owner at Engcon Control Systems.

eML is the solution that enables Engcon's control system, DC2, to communicate and share information with an OEM's machine computer and machine control system. By communicating via CANbus (Controller Area Network), data can be both sent and received securely and quickly – all with a simple electrical installation.

"It is the result of a close collaboration and the integration of several advanced solutions, the tiltrotator, the machine and machine control system, which enables this improved overall experience with the common customer in focus", says Eklind.

The integration has extended so far that with the next Dig Assist update, the customer will clearly see that it is an Engcon product connected via the tiltrotator in Dig Assist's graphical interface using Engcon's signature colour. Other smart features with added customer value are linked to the exchange of information between Volvo Dig Assist and Engcon's DC2 control system and are realised with this update.

"Machine control is a significant tool for today's operators, as is the tiltrotator, a combination where both parties exchange information that allows the customer to get all the benefits from both tools," Eklind explains. 

Engcon's eML and the Volvo Smart Connect project have resulted in the first compatible machines reaching the workshops and Volvo, destined for Engcon's future customers during Q1 2021.

"The project and the close collaboration between Volvo and Engcon will continue. The ambition is that in 2021 we will see more of Volvo's machine models launched with the Volvo Smart Connect option and that together we will continue the development of intelligent and integrated solutions," concludes Eklind.

 

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