Patent Number: 8,793,096

Title: System and method for power and data delivery on a machine

Abstract: A power and data delivery system includes a conductor for transferring both power and data, a plurality of device connectors, which each define at least one of a power link and a communication link, and a plurality of smart connectors connecting the conductor with the device connectors. Each of the smart connectors includes a memory having a device testing algorithm stored thereon, and a processor configured to execute the device testing algorithm. The device testing algorithms, which are executed simultaneously, are configured to evaluate a plurality of characteristics, including a current and voltage, associated with one or both of the power link and the communication link.

Inventors: Lammers; Bryan Gerard (Peoria Heights, IL)

Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.

International Classification: G06F 19/00 (20110101); G08B 1/08 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/29/12018