Individuals who regularly do a lot of skid steer, mini-excavator, and compact track loader tasks may fall in love with Trimble’s new suite of products that are specifically designed to enable them to perform a number of the things in the same manner as contractors who manage big equipment. They are armed with GPS machine control, but are packed with less hardware at a reduced cost.
“Customers have seen the boom in machine control on the high end, and now they’re saying they want the same kind of technology on small machines,” says Alan Sharp, Trimble’s business area director for strategic software. These individuals are usually involved in constructing side walks, parks, bicycle paths, custom houses, and other small sites that often come with complex topography, he adds. As announced at the company’s Dimension’s Conference in Las Vegas, Trimble is able to achieve their demands as well as needs through their two-pronged approach First is software.
“We are using a common 3D technology but configuring it in slightly different ways,” says Sharp. “We still use GPS or laser positioning technology but the software inside is now connected to our field surveying system.” It includes the EZ Level feature which replaces conventional laser transmitters with more state-of-the-art GPS or total stations when used in Trimble’s SCS900 system. This makes it easy to check elevations in instances where no design is available. Also, if the conventional GPS base station is beyond one’s budget, the company’s BaseAnywhere software allows them to set up a Trimble SPS585 smart antenna. The said antenna can be utilised as a base station anywhere on a particular site without employing survey points.
In addition to all these, Trimble redesigned its GCS900 grade control system to work on several skid steer loader attachments and then synchronise them with their equipment’s joystick controls.