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Electronic Control for Farm and Construction Machinery is Essential

Unstoppable Wave of Automation and ICT
Although the problem of an insufficient workforce is one affecting all industries, the serious shortfall of personnel in farming and construction industries is troubling. The harsh labor conditions of these industries that are connected to serious cases of industrial accidents are one of the reasons for the decreasing number of new workers. Additional causes include population aging, and the current difficulty of securing experienced and technically skilled personnel.

Amid these conditions, there is a growing desire to implement automation and ICT (information and communications technology) in the farm and construction industries in order to improve the safety of production sites, and the stable productivity. Although control of farm and construction machinery is generally performed by use of hydraulics, the introduction of automation and ICT requires conversion with electronic control of devices equipped to the machinery. As electronic control advances, it will be necessary for farm and construction machinery to comply with functional safety standards such as SIL (safety integrity level) compliance.

It is indeed a massive turning point for the industries. It’s difficult to select products for equipping to machinery that are appropriate for electronic control and also ensure compliance with future safety standards.

IDEC provides a massive lineup of products for special vehicles, such as joysticks and rocker switches that are compatible with electronic control and have a proven track record of results from their introduction in the European market where safety measures are fairly advanced.

Electronic control that takes future safety measures into account
Unstoppable Wave of Automation and ICT
Although the problem of an insufficient workforce is one affecting all industries, the serious shortfall of personnel in farming and construction industries is troubling. The harsh labor conditions of these industries that are connected to serious cases of industrial accidents are one of the reasons for the decreasing number of new workers. Additional causes include population aging, and the current difficulty of securing experienced and technically skilled personnel.

Amid these conditions, there is a growing desire to implement automation and ICT (information and communications technology) in the farm and construction industries in order to improve the safety of production sites, and the stable productivity. Although control of farm and construction machinery is generally performed by use of hydraulics, the introduction of automation and ICT requires conversion with electronic control of devices equipped to the machinery. As electronic control advances, it will be necessary for farm and construction machinery to comply with functional safety standards such as SIL (safety integrity level) compliance.

It is indeed a massive turning point for the industries. It’s difficult to select products for equipping to machinery that are appropriate for electronic control and also ensure compliance with future safety standards.

IDEC provides a massive lineup of products for special vehicles, such as joysticks and rocker switches that are compatible with electronic control and have a proven track record of results from their introduction in the European market where safety measures are fairly advanced.

Electronic control that takes future safety measures into account

IDEC products compatible with conversion to electronic control can duplicate redundant operation signals  to ensure that operation continues safely because a malfunction, sudden stopping, or similar problem cannot occur even if system operation is hindered in some manner. Inclusion of this redundancy function enables equipping to SIL-compliant equipment in order to provide compliance with future functional safety standards in Japan also. A large amount of these products have already been introduced into the European market where safety measures for farm and construction machinery are tougher than the US.

IDEC offers a wide range of products including CAN J1939 communication-compatible joysticks, thumb controls with long service life, ergonomics-based rocker switches to provide full support of converting your farm or construction machinery to electronic control.

IDEC offers a massive lineup of products compatible with conversion to electronic control

IDEC can provide numerous joysticks and switches that are not only compatible with conversion to electronic control, but that also have excellent robustness, durability, and earthquake resistance so that you can chose the optimal product for your specific needs. Please feel free to contact IDEC at any time and let us recommend interface solutions for you.