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New functionality and options in Topcon machine control

By Eric Van Rees - 16th April 2020 - 08:19

Tilt rotation support for automatic excavation, bring-your-own device, mobile apps included

Topcon Positioning Group announces advances to its portfolio of machine control solutions that are designed to provide contractors with better performance and profitability in earthmoving applications. The new solutions include tilt rotator functionality for the Automatic Excavator system, mobile and bring your own device (BYOD) display options, among other additions.

Tilt and rotation for Automatic Excavator
Advanced tilt rotator functionality will allow Automatic Excavator operators to easily swivel or tilt the bucket with automatic boom control for faster and more efficient excavation.

“If excavator operators are in situations such as at the top of the slope, grading a long incline and not totally perpendicularly lined up, positioning the cutting edge of the bucket to the surface is now more easily attainable with the tilt rotator functionality,” said Murray Lodge, senior VP of construction. “Operators can excavate more quickly, moving the excavator fewer times, with less wear and tear on the chassis – all with the proven hydraulic, automated control the system offers. It is also extremely beneficial when navigating around manholes, trenches, and generally tight spaces.”

Lodge said, “We have had tilt rotation functionality for a number of years, but in previous systems. Now, it will be available for the Automatic Excavator as well. Operators are ready for this tool and once they see the new capabilities it will bring, they will not want to work without it.”

Bring your own device – MC Mobile
Another additional resource in the small excavator and compact track loader machine control offering includes bring your own device options that can work as a substitute for control boxes in some applications. This solution incorporates the same hardware for Topcon 3D machine control with an indicate-only option running on Android devices with a free app — Pocket-MC, which is part of the new MC Mobile system family.

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