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AIS Manufacturability Services Deliver New J1939-based ISO 11783 Virtual Terminal Designs for Heavy Duty Applications and Off-Road & Off-Highway Vehicles

American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS), known for their expertise in developing pre-engineered and open architecture industrial, military displays and embedded systems, and graphical touch screen interface displays for a variety of applications, announces their comprehensive range of design for manufacturability services and integrated J1939-based ISO 11783 virtual terminal designs. AIS’s in-house design for manufacturability services and capabilities optimize all manufacturing functions including: fabrication, assembly, test, procurement, shipping, delivery, service, and repair. Their use of proven methodologies for design for manufacturability and concurrent engineering assures the best possible cost, quality, reliability, regulatory compliance, safety and time-to-market for heavy duty vehicle and machinery customers.

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ISOBUS and Virtual Terminal, ISO 11783 Operator Console, SAE J1939 CAN bus Display and Instrument, Gauge and Interface System (Photo: Business Wire)

Substantial Expertise in Design for Manufacturability, Standards Compliance and Turnkey Execution

Product design establishes feature sets, how well the features work, marketability and overall success of the product. It is estimated that the design of a product determines 80% of the cost and has a significant influence on quality as well. Missteps in the design planning, fabrication or the manufacturing process can result in non-compliance risks, penalties, lost sales opportunities and/or damage of reputation and credibility. Therefore it is critical to consider all manufacturing issues at the onset of the design stage. This will help shorten product development time, minimize development costs and ensure a smooth transition into production for quick time to market. It also requires a design and manufacturing partner such as AIS with substantial knowledge, virtual implement design capabilities and embedded control network expertise to avert any issues and execute flawlessly.

AIS with Over a Decade of Design for Manufacturability and Concurrent Engineering Experience

AIS has extensive experience in concurrent engineering, custom design and manufacture of integrated electronics, graphical displays and touch screen interfaces, CANopen, J1939 networks and embedded real-time control systems. They provide robust and reliable solutions suited for the harsh and heavy duty requirements of off-road and off-highway vehicle applications. Some special or heavy duty vehicle applications include: agricultural (tractors/trailers), forestry harvesters, forklift trucks, earthmoving graders and dozers, container handling machines, mining, aircraft towing and more.

Climatic, dynamic, and electrical environments from natural and vehicle-induced sources influence the performance and reliability of specialty vehicles and their electronic components. Nelson Tsay, President of AIS, adds, “Our customers depend on their mobile and industrial equipment to operate and function reliably in a wide range of heavy duty applications and extreme environments. Our design for manufacturability services and integrated J1939-based ISO 11783 virtual terminal designs ensure total customer success and satisfaction when working with AIS.”

The Benefits of Partnering with AIS on Design for Manufacturability Services

AIS offers their customers many partnership advantages for design for manufacturability, concurrent engineering services and integrated J1939-based ISO 11783 virtual terminals display designs:

  • Design for easy fabrication, processing, assembly and fixturing
  • Minimize tooling complexity by concurrently designing tooling
  • Specify optimal tolerances for a robust design
  • Select only quality parts from reliable sources and vendors
  • Reduce non-compliance risks, penalties, lost sales, lower market share and loss of reputation
  • Improve time to market through faster decision and design cycles
  • Increase productivity and enhance internal and external collaboration
  • Ensure consistent quality with standards that meet customer and market demand
  • Eliminate the hidden costs of poor standards or regulations management
  • Increase procurement efficiencies with one relationship, negotiation and transaction

AIS Integrated J1939-based ISO 11783 Virtual Terminals Meet All of the Following International Standards & Requirements

  • ISO/TS 16949:2009: Quality management systems — Particular requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2008 for automotive production and relevant service part organizations
  • ISO 13849-1:2006: Safety of machinery — Safety-related parts of control systems — Part 1: General principles for design
  • ISO 11783-9:2012: Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry — Serial control and communications data network — Part 9: Tractor ECU
  • ISO 15765-4:2011: Road vehicles — Diagnostic communication over Controller Area Network (DoCAN) — Part 4: Requirements for emissions-related systems
  • ISO 7637-2:2011: Road vehicles — Electrical disturbances from conduction and coupling — Part 2: Electrical transient conduction along supply lines only
  • ISO 14982-12:2009: Agricultural and forestry machinery. Electromagnetic compatibility. Test methods and acceptance criteria
  • ISO 11786, Agricultural tractors and machinery — Tractor-mounted sensor interface — Specifications
  • ISO 16154, Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry — Installation of lighting, light signaling and marking devices for travel on public roadways
  • SAE J1939 Networks: Industrial protocols like Modbus, Profibus, CANOpen
  • SAE J1455: Environmental practices for electronic equipment design in heavy-duty vehicle applications
  • SAE J1113: Electromagnetic compatibility measurement procedure for vehicle components — part 13: immunity to electrostatic discharge
  • NMEA 2000, abbreviated to NMEA2k or N2K and standardized as IEC 61162-3
  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC): EMC Directive 2004/108/EC

AIS is Well-Versed and Experienced with All of The Various Regulations and Standards

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 40 Protection of Environment

Regulations are codified annually in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Title 40: Protection of Environment is the section of the CFR that deals with EPA’s mission of protecting human health and the environment. Section 86.1806-04 On-Board Diagnostics, Part 86 control of emissions from new and in-use highway vehicles and engines regulations.

On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) System

The OBD system shall provide for standardized access and conform to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) standards and/or the International Standards Organization (ISO) standards. On-board diagnostics, or OBD, is an automotive term referring to a vehicle’s self-diagnostic and reporting capability. OBD systems give the vehicle owner or repair technician access to the status of the various vehicle sub-systems. OBD implementations use a standardized digital communications port to provide real-time data in addition to a standardized series of diagnostic trouble codes, or DTCs, which allow one to rapidly identify and remedy malfunctions within the vehicle.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J1939

SAE J1939 is a high-level protocol that defines how communication between nodes or electronic control units and diagnostics occur on a vehicle bus. It was originally developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in the US for car and heavy duty truck applications. Currently the J1939 standard is used worldwide by on and off highway heavy duty truck and machinery companies. J1939 is commonly used for communications throughout a vehicle or machine. Heavy-duty vehicles may conform to the specifications of the SAE J1939 series of standards (SAE J1939-11, J1939-13, J1939-21, J1939-31, J1939-71, J1939-73, and J1939-81). Companies that use J1939 include, VOLVO Trucks, MACK, John Deere, Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel, Nissan Diesel, Kubota, Freightliner, Dongfeng, Sinotruck, Daimler Trucks, Navistar, Chery Auto, SAIC MOTOR, SINO Truck, China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Corp., Ltd, Dong Feng Motor, King Long and Shannxi Automobile.

ISO 11783-9:2012: Tractors And Machinery For Agriculture And Forestry Serial Control And Communications Data Network

ISO 11783 as a whole specifies a serial data network for control and communications on forestry or agricultural tractors and mounted, semi-mounted, towed or self-propelled implements. Its purpose is to standardize the method and format of transfer of data between sensor, actuators, control elements and information-storage and display units, whether mounted on, or part of, the tractor or implement. ISO 11783-9:2012 describes the Tractor ECU, the control functions that provides the gateway between the network’s tractors and implement buses, as well as performing other functions.

About AIS

Headquartered in Irvine, California, USA, American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) offers in-house electronic and mechanical design, software development, manufacturing, production and quality control services. Offering one of the widest ranges of industrial computing solutions, AIS solutions are available in a multitude of configurations for industrial, oil & gas, military and marine applications. The company is fully committed to empowering, improving and delivering turnkey HMI, monitoring and display solutions for OEM, ODM and end-user customers. AIS is an ISO 9001:2008 certified supplier and manufacturer of rugged computers and displays, and received completion of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registration from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). For more information, visit:, email: or contact: 1-888-485-6688.

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