By Heather Burlingame, Senior Production Editor | September 28, 2010

CaterpillarThe company has improved hardware and all-new architecture for its Product Link system, a management tool that allows customers to collect and track multiple types of information about their assets, ranging from machine location and hour-meter readings, to component health and productivity data. Product Link gathers information from a machine's on-board system and transmits it wirelessly to Cat's network-operations center. Information is then delivered to the customer via Caterpillar's online application, Cat Equipment Manager.