Next Generation Machine Control

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Updated: October 19, 2016
Topcon Positioning Group

Topcon Positioning Group has been busy in recent months, releasing a host of new solutions for a wide range of machine types and applications and four new solutions just for excavators.

As with all Topcon systems, every product is compatible with all makes and models of machines to offer users maximum flexibility when choosing either an aftermarket, retrofit option or a change to a factory-fitted solution.

New for many Topcon 3D machine control solutions is an updated control box, the Topcon GX-55, along with a faster, more versatile GNSS receiver, the MC-i4.

“Contractors have always loved Topcon’s easy-to-read, intuitive control box and the new GX-55 is even better with three bright LED light bars that give a quick, visual-grade reference,” said Joel Seddon, Machine Systems Product Manager for Topcon’s Australian distributor, Position Partners.

“The light bars have always been a very popular add-on for 3D technology, so it’s great to see that Topcon has integrated them into the control box as well.

“The GX-55 also has a brighter screen that is fully visible in direct sunlight, audible grade sounds that can be customised and four large buttons designed to make navigating the system easy for operator hands, not office hands.”

The MC-i4 modular GNSS receiver is where a lot of the real machine control smarts come in, Mr Seddon explained. The new, improved model is optimised for connection to RTK networks and SiteLink3D site management solutions, with built-in digital UHF radio and 4G modem. It also features LongLink Bluetooth for reliable long range connections to total station-controlled machines without the use of radios, and direct CAN connection to Caterpillar dozers and M Series graders.

 

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For excavators, Topcon has released its first ever LPS solution, Topcon X-53i LPS, which utilises a total station for millimetre grade precision without the need for GNSS positioning. This makes the X-53i LPS solution ideal for underground applications, or GNSS obstructed areas such as dense tree canopy or near high-rise structures.

“Contractors can easily switch between GNSS and total station positioning with the X-53i solution, making it a versatile option that can be used for every application,” Mr Seddon said. “Position Partners offers flexible hire options so users can get the right system for the job without the capital outlay.”

Topcon’s new X-53 option is ideal for contractors that want a full 3D system that can be swapped between different machine types, such as graders and dozers, for fully automatic machine control utilising the proven MC-R3 GNSS receiver at its core.

The new X-52 system is Topcon’s latest 2D machine control option for excavators, complete with the new GX-55 control box.

Ideal for smaller projects that don’t require GNSS positioning and full site visibility, the X-52 delivers accurate elevation control using laser receiver and tilt sensor technology. It is also fully upgradeable to Topcon’s 3D solutions, helping to future-proof the investment.

For dozers, Topcon has released an extension of its popular 3D-MC2 solution, 3D-MCMAX. Promising even faster and smoother grading, the new system combines Topcon’s unique MC2 sensor with dual Inertial Measurement Unit technology to deliver faster blade response and minimal blade vibration even at high speeds.

With all GNSS antennas mounted to the body of the machine, Topcon’s 3D-MCMAX gives the operator unobstructed visibility and the ability to work at high speed on any surface, under objects or while in reverse.

 

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Not to mention removing the need for the operator climbing on the blade daily to remove the GNSS antenna, so a large safety improvement in that regard.

“We think 3D-MCMAX will be very popular with Australian contractors,” Mr Seddon said. “3D-MC2 enables dozers to perform like graders, giving users the flexibility to get more out of one machine and this new version promises to be even better and more responsive!”

“For many years, Topcon has set the standard for machine control and continues to raise the bar with faster, more versatile and intuitive technology,” Mr Seddon said.

“This new range and the easy-to-use, slimline control box will be very popular with Australian contractors. The next generation of Topcon machine control technology is here!” Mr Seddon said.

For more information about the new Topcon solutions, visit www.positionpartners.com.au or call 1300 867 266.