Thursday 30th Mar, 2017

Trimble announces machine control system for wheel loaders

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Trimble has launched version 12.81 of its Trimble® GCS900 Grade Control System. This new version further expands the mix of machines supported to now include wheel loaders, demonstrating Trimble’s continued commitment to meet the contractor’s needs for construction technology across a mixed fleet and for all phases of the project life cycle.

The Trimble GCS900 version 12.81 release includes a new 3D configuration for wheel loaders, broadening the range of machine types supported. Contractors can realise a higher and more rapid return on their investment in technology by using Trimble machine control components on a variety of machines and for more applications.

“Trimble GCS900 version 12.81 means big productivity gains for contractors who operate wheel loaders,” said Ryan Kunisch, marketing director for Trimble’s Civil Engineering and Construction Division. “We have seen up to a 40 percent increase in productivity for material placement and grading activities and typically a 25 percent reduction in undercutting when the GCS900 system is used.”

The new configuration for wheel loaders allows contractors to realise productivity gains in both fine and rough grading applications. Operators can precisely control the amount of material being graded, improve fine grading accuracy and time, and reduce the potential for undercutting the surface during material placement or removal.

Using a wheel loader equipped with GCS900, contractors can track material weight with a Trimble LOADRITE® weighing system. In addition, material placement and grade can be monitored by adding a VisionLink® Project Monitoring subscription for a more accurate and complete picture of project progress.