Trimble made a number of announcements highlighting product expansions and announced a new partnership during its Trimble Dimensions 2016 user conference held in Las Vegas last week.
Trimble’s GCS900 grade control system can now be used with Engcon tiltrotator excavator attachments. When the tiltrotators are used with the system, the bucket position and orientation are always visible regardless of bucket rotation. The operator can see the height and the rotation.
“When operators receive accurate guidance in the cab about the tilt and rotation position of the bucket, excavations to designs can be performed faster and more productively,” said Scott Crozier, marketing director for Trimble’s Civil Engineering and Construction Division.
The company also announced that the GCS900 system is now available with xFill technology to sustain Real Time Kinematic (RTK) positions during correction outages. xFill uses proprietary technology, delivered via satellite, to “fill in” for RTK connections in the event of temporary radio or Internet connection outages. The technology will continue to extend RTK fixed positions with a gradual decrease in accuracy for a period of up to 5 minutes in construction applications.
In addition, Trimble introduced DPS900 Machine Control System for Dynamic Compaction, a dedicated, 3D system for dynamic compaction applications such as airports, roads and large structures. The system increases worker safety, the company says, by eliminating the need for surveyors to work in close proximity to large machines. The number of drops per location and the depth of the hole can be accurately and automatically tracked and recorded using the system, reducing errors from the manual reporting method used today.
Small site and utility contractors were also targeted, as Trimble introduced office software, site positioning, and machine-control solutions designed for their specific needs.
Now, SketchUp files for layout and visualization can be exported to Trimble SCS900 Site Controller Software using the new Trimble Site Contractor extension for use in site-positioning applications.
Trimble site positioning systems have also made improvements for smaller contractors. Trimble SCS900 Site Controller Software has introduced two new capabilities, EZ Level and BaseAnywhere. EZ Level replaces traditional laser transmitters with GNSS or total stations for elevation checking when no design is available. BaseAnywhere allows contractors to set up their Trimble SPS585 GNSS Smart Antenna as a base station anywhere on the site, with no survey control necessary, making it much simpler and faster for a non-surveyor to use GNSS, according to Trimble. Also, corrections can now be streamed to the SPS585 using BaseAnywhere and Wi-Fi. No radio is needed to receive GNSS corrections on site.
Trimble GCS900 can now be installed on many skid steer grading attachments from a variety of manufacturers. The installation includes integration to the machine’s joystick controls, so contractors can take full advantage of the technology.
Finally, Trimble and XCMG Excavator Machinery Business Division (XCMG), based in China, announced a commitment to work together to integrate Trimble machine control solutions with XCMG excavators.