MAR 10, 2011

Hetronic Radio Remote Control Division Featured at 2011 ConExpo-CON/AGG Tradeshow in Las Vegas

To Host: Methode's User Interface, Sensor Solutions Groups & Rugged Telematics Alliance

Harwood Heights, IL, March 10, 2011 - Methode Electronics, Inc. (MEI) announces that Hetronic, a Methode company, will present the latest in Safety Radio Remote Controls at booth B-912 during the 2011 ConExpo-CON/AGG in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 22nd - 26th. Additionally, Hetronic will host the Rugged Telematics Alliance, where Methode will showcase their biometric fingerprint reader as part of the telematics ecosystem.

Hetronic is committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable Radio Remote Controls (RRCs) to diverse applications, including locomotive, construction, material handling and heavy lift transportation. Designed to withstand some of the most challenging work environments in the world, Hetronic RRCs control any kind of machinery, virtually anywhere, in an array of industries. Hetronic will be showcasing a variety of new innovations at the show.

Methode Electronics, Inc. serves the transportation, medical device, white goods, and other markets, providing solutions ranging from simple touch-activated controls, to biometric identification and authentication, to complex multi-function consoles with high resolution touch screens, to non-contact torque sensors deployed in transmissions, steering, and heavy lifting applications.

The Rugged Telematics Alliance is a group of seven companies committed to providing Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), and other enterprises in the Heavy Vehicle & Equipment space, with turnkey telematics solutions that will generate visibility, efficiency and cost savings. The member companies having capabilities in all four key technology disciplines necessary for a robust telematics solution are:

  • Hardware - MOREY manufactures the ruggedized hardware platform that supports the CAN (controller area network) and is built to withstand the harsh environments of the heavy equipment and industrial industries. Methode Electronics' ruggedized biometric fingerprint reader provides reliable and accurate verification, available in any environment, to ensure that project managers know exactly who is operating equipment at all times and that all operators are authorized. Ruggedized tri-mode communication is provided through an industrial-grade antenna from Hirschman that supports satellite, cellular and GPS communications.
  • Software - LHP Telematics (www.LHPtelematics.com) produces an OEM-based embedded software platform capable of custom CAN and sensor configurations. This ensures proper data capture and the delivery of desired data to a user's back office systems.
  • Back Office Applications - AXEDA (www.axeda.com) offers a robust, scalable back-office management platform, which provides configuration tools to customize to the user’s business and ensure that data can be rendered in the desired format and in the context of existing business systems.
  • Communications - ORBCOMM (www.orbcomm.com) and Telenor (www.telenor.com) provide communications, offering the unique opportunity to select a combination of terrestrial and satellite offerings and provide a mixture of high bandwidth data and global connectivity. Working together, the two providers ensure that equipment is never out of reach regardless of location.

Representatives of Hetronic, Methode and the Rugged Telematics Alliance will be at the CONEXPO - CON/AGG conference in Las Vegas, NV, from March 22-26. Please come visit us at the Hetronic Radio Remote Control Booth #B912 and experience first-hand the latest in new products and technology. To learn more visit www.Methode.com, www.Hetronic.com or www.ruggedta.com

Methode Electronics is a leading developer of custom-engineered and application-specific products and solutions utilizing the latest technologies. From biometric identification utilizing the unique characteristics of human skin structure; to magnetic signature sensing of mechanical and electrical properties; to the revolutionary solid-state touch sensitive switches used in today's appliances and automobiles, Methode's extensive toolbox of technical solutions help our customers differentiate their products. Our regional design and customer support centers, coupled with manufacturing campuses in the Americas, Europe, and Asia allow Methode to bring a total business solution to customers worldwide. We leverage the talents of our 2,800 employees to serve a diversified group of customers in four market areas: User Interfaces, Sensor and Switches, Power and Data. Methode helps customers win in their end markets by providing an unmatched combination of customer focus, differentiated technology, problem solving and world class manufacturing.

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