Volvo Construction Equipment and Swedish tiltrotator manufacturer Engcon have formed a global supply partnership in which Volvo CE is offering integrated Engcon tiltrotators on its EC250 E and EC300 E excavators. Deliveries are anticipated in the first quarter of this year.
The partnership offers an integrated excavator tiltrotator using Engcon's Machine Link (eML) and Volvo Smart Connect, says Engcon.
Engcon's DC2 control system will communicate with Volvo's Dig Assist machine control system; the Engcon product can be viewed in future Dig Assist software updates. By communicating via CANbus (Controller Area Network), Engcon says information can be both sent and received securely and quickly.
“The project and the close collaboration between Volvo and Engcon will continue," says Fredrik Eklind, product owner, Engcon Control Systems. "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."
In related news, Engcon competitor Steelwrist says it has extended its 10-year-plus agreement with Volvo CE, with the launch of factory-mounted SQ Auto Connect quick couplers on Volvo crawler and wheeled 13- to 35-ton excavators. The launch also includes work tool adapters in matching sizes.