|What is IQAN?
IQAN is the next generation of vehicle automation; it is literally a computer
built for mobile machines.
Based on CAN bus technology, signals from various sensors and controls can be
tied together onto 2 signal wires and fed back to the main controller, thereby
minimizing wiring and potential fault paths. This is especially useful for cranes
that utilize rotary swivels or mobile equipment with multiple sensors on the
boom tip. The system is also expandable, an ever-important feature in today's
fast paced high tech world; with only a little re-programming new modules can
be readily added to provide extra controls or sensors to meet your needs as
required. One unique feature of CAN bus is remote diagnostics; this can be in
the form of a laptop computer, a palm pilot, or even a cell phone via modem.
Now you can find out what the problem might be before the customer does, whether
it's a broken wire, a clogged filter, or a faulty component.
The key to IQANs success over the competition is ease of programming. Other systems can
say they have a CAN bus system, but none have the ability to program the units so easily.
With the uniquely designed IQAN software, adjustments are only a click away, saving you both
time and money.
A unique feature of this system is the MDM user interface panel. Operating under the CAN bus
architecture, the IQAN system
allows the operator to 'see' how the system is operating, and
will let you know when there is a failure before it becomes a problem. Pressure and temperature
monitoring, position feedback, fault diagnosis, engine speed control and so much more are all
possible thanks to the unique capabilities of IQAN. It has a graphics visual display, text messaging,
and can also serve as a calibration tool so that adjustments can be made right on the control panel.
A unique range of controls are offered for this system. A vast array of 0-5V analog levers can be
used, including single or multiple axis joysticks, foot pedals, there is also an electronic gas pedal
controller to speed the engine up when required. Or you can go with the more advanced CAN bus based
units for the more demanding applications; under the CAN bus system, a unique protocol for engines
(J1939) can be readily accessed for engine speed control, thereby meeting the new emission regulations
of today and down the road.
Sensors are the key to any integrated system, and with the IQAN systems' pressure and temperature
sensors you have the ultimate in design flexibility.
Like many of us know, cost also plays an important role in any machine design. With that,
Parker has recently come up with the TOC2 and TOC8 mobile controllers; dedicated valve drivers
to interface with standard 0-5V joysticks and controls to offer you a complete range of
alternatives. Basic adjustments are made simply with the turn of a screwdriver, but also with the
ability to be programmed via software for the real demanding applications for the ultimate in
All IQAN systems have met rigorous IEC tests for temperature, humidity, shock, and noise immunity.