IN con­trol

Faster, more ver­sa­tile and in­tu­itive laser lev­el­ling and ma­chine con­trol sys­tems from Top­con and Po­si­tion Part­ners

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Awhop­ping 95 per­cent or more of new motor graders sold in Aus­tralia now come com­plete with some form of fac­tory-fit­ted ma­chine con­trol.

This demon­strates how widely ac­cepted and in­de­mand the tech­nol­ogy has be­come, with most of the ma­jor projects in this coun­try re­quir­ing ma­chine con­trol across a broad spec­trum of earth­work tasks.

We are now see­ing a huge in­crease in the amount of doz­ers and ex­ca­va­tors that are start­ing to be fit­ted with ba­sic ma­chine con­trol from the fac­tory, again demon­strat­ing a wider ac­cep­tance of the ben­e­fits of ma­chine con­trol through­out the earthmoving process.

If you’re not in the mar­ket for a new ma­chine and want to add the tech­nol­ogy to what you al­ready own, Top­con Po­si­tion­ing Group, via its ex­clu­sive Aus­tralian distrib­u­tor Po­si­tion Part­ners, has a wide range of pre­ci­sion laser lev­el­ling and ma­chine con­trol so­lu­tions for ev­ery make and model of ma­chine, for ev­ery ap­pli­ca­tion and for ev­ery bud­get.

LASER LEV­EL­LING

From the Top­con RL-H4C con­struc­tion laser, which is still the coun­try’s No.1 seller, to high-ac­cu­racy grade and pipe lasers, ma­chinemounted laser re­ceivers can be added to any ma­chine for a handy vis­ual guide that helps the op­er­a­tor grade faster and more ac­cu­rately.

2D MA­CHINE CON­TROL

The next step up in the range is 2D ma­chine con­trol tech­nol­ogy, which in­volves the use of sonic track­ing or laser-guided tech­nol­ogy to get to grade with the op­tion of ei­ther man­ual or au­to­matic op­er­a­tion.

Un­like many sys­tems on the mar­ket, Top­con com­po­nents can be up­graded or swapped for other tech­nol­ogy to suit the ap­pli­ca­tion. Po­si­tion Part­ners also of­fers rental agree­ments across the range so that cus­tomers can hire in­di­vid­ual com­po­nents or a full sys­tem to suit the project they’re work­ing on.

3D TECH­NOL­OGY

Lastly, for more com­plex jobs that in­volve mul­ti­ple ma­chines work­ing to the same de­sign, Top­con 3D tech­nol­ogy uses a com­bi­na­tion of

GPS, to­tal sta­tion and laser lev­el­ling so­lu­tions to give op­er­a­tors max­i­mum vis­i­bil­ity and con­trol over their work.

Re­cent ad­di­tions to much of the range are Top­con’s GX-55 or larger GX-75 con­trol box.

“Con­trac­tors have al­ways loved Top­con’s easy-to-read, in­tu­itive con­trol box and the new GX-55 and GX-75 are even bet­ter with three bright LED light bars that give a quick, vis­ual grade ref­er­ence,” Po­si­tion Part­ners ma­chine sys­tems prod­uct man­ager Joel Sed­don says.

“The con­trol boxes also have 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,” he adds.

“For many years, Top­con has set the stan­dard for laser lev­els and ma­chine con­trol — and the com­pany con­tin­ues to raise the bar with faster, more ver­sa­tile and in­tu­itive tech­nol­ogy,” Sed­don adds.

“Com­bined with Po­si­tion Part­ners’ ex­cep­tional back up ser­vice and sup­port, in­clud­ing Tokara telem­at­ics, con­trac­tors can be con­fi­dent in a so­lu­tion that will go the dis­tance for them on ev­ery job.”

Un­like many sys­tems on the mar­ket, Top­con com­po­nents can be up­graded or swapped for other tech­nol­ogy to suit the ap­pli­ca­tion

Left: The Top­con 3D-MCMAX con­stant in-ma­chine con­trol dis­play RIght: An ex­ca­va­tor fit­ted with Top­con’s X63 sys­tem

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