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Trimble Introduces New Control System for Dozers

SUNNYVALE/USA, May 27, 2015 – Trimble, American expert for location-based solutions for machinery in various industries, claims to improve productivity and performance of dozers massively. Its sensors are much more sensitive than any human operator can be and allow up to 40% faster grading, says Trimble.

Liebherr dozer at work fitted with the Trimble system

New Control Sytem claims to increase the overall performance of dozers by 35-40%. | Photo: Trimble

Construction equipment provider Trimble has introduced an improved control system to improve the performance of its dozers and compactors. Founded in 1978 in Sunnyvale, California, Trimble offers a variety of products for the construction sector. Trimble's Heavy Civil Construction Division is a leading innovator of productivity solutions for the heavy and highway contractor, claims the company.

New Control Systems

Trimble has introduced a new technology (GCS900 version 12.7) featuring Grade Max Plus, which increases the performance of dozers by allowing the operator to grade faster and consistently with higher accuracy. The system uses a sensor to detect the current rate of acceleration and changes in orientation. It also increases the rate at which the system drives the valves on the dozer for smoother, more consistent control and rapid recovery of the dozer blade, so operators can grade higher quality surfaces at even faster speeds.  

“With the release of the latest version of the system we are taking machine control to a new level,” says Ryan Kunisch, marketing director for Trimble Heavy Civil Construction. “This new technology (“Grade Max Plus”) allows contractors to grade 35- 40 % faster on average, depending on the dozer type and the material being used.”

Wireless Data Share

Another offering by Trimble (CCS900 version 12.7) allows operators to share mapping data between compactors on the same site in real-time. The machines communicate using a Wi-Fi network via the Trimble SNM940 Connected Site Gateway telematics device.

Wireless data share allows each compactor to see the work being done by other compactors in real-time, so operators know which areas have been compacted and which areas still need to be completed. The real-time display of this information in the cab enables the operator to achieve more consistent compaction while also reducing the amount of under- and over-compacted areas. Besides improving surface quality, the new offering can also save time and fuel. The mapping information is synchronized back to the office for progress monitoring and compaction documentation and reporting, using company’s asset management and project monitoring software.

Both of the new control systems are expected to be available in the second quarter of the year through Trimble’s worldwide Technology Dealer Channel.

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