The introduction of microcomputer technology into the industrial and consumer marketplaces has contributed to a significant growth in product efficiency, utility, reliability, and performance. Combining the intelligence of the microcomputer with the muscle of hydraulics has now greatly enhanced the creativeness of mobile equipment design. Significant strides have already been made with hydraulic excavator applications. Additional excavator advancements are in progress with a number of lattice boom and hydraulic crane developments soon to be accomplished. These current and proposed applications provide the basis for the topic of discussion.