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Top­con ma­chine con­trol tech­nol­ogy gives con­trac­tors ul­ti­mate flex­i­bil­ity to suit ev­ery job

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Ma­chine con­trol tech­nol­ogy uses a range of sys­tems that utilise laser, sonar, GNSS, to­tal sta­tions or a com­bi­na­tion of them to guide the op­er­a­tor to grade ac­cu­rately, ef­fi­ciently and cost ef­fec­tively. How­ever, watch out for get­ting stuck with a sys­tem that can’t be up­graded or swapped be­tween ma­chines.

Ev­ery job is dif­fer­ent and a sin­gle ma­chine con­trol sys­tem might not cut it for all of them. For ex­am­ple, grad­ing house pads can be done very ef­fec­tively with a 2D laser or sonar-based sys­tem, whereas grad­ing a road or larger project may need GNSS or a to­tal sta­tion if there is dense tree cov­er­age, over­bridges or even tun­nels.

Con­trac­tors should shop around to find the most flex­i­ble solution to suit their needs; one that will grow with their business and can utilise a range of tech­nol­ogy to suit the ap­pli­ca­tion and the tol­er­ance re­quired.

In­creas­ingly, new ma­chines are com­ing with in­te­grated sys­tems fit­ted in the fac­tory or by the ma­chine dealer in Aus­tralia, with most graders and now some mod­els of ex­ca­va­tors and doz­ers ar­riv­ing with ba­sic ma­chine con­trol tech­nol­ogy.

The lim­i­ta­tion with fac­tory-fit­ted sys­tems is that of­ten they are not up­grade­able, so if you need a more so­phis­ti­cated solution it can be dif­fi­cult with­out start­ing again with a dif­fer­ent op­tion.

“Top­con is the most flex­i­ble and eas­ily adapt­able brand on the mar­ket to­day,” says Joel Seddon, ma­chine sys­tems prod­uct man­ager for Top­con’s Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor Po­si­tion Part­ners. “Cus­tomers can eas­ily switch be­tween en­try-level sys­tems and the most so­phis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy we have to of­fer by swap­ping com­po­nents in or out, with­out hav­ing to start again with a whole new op­tion.”

Po­si­tion Part­ners also of­fers com­pre­hen­sive hire op­tions across the prod­uct range, al­low­ing con­trac­tors to use the sys­tem only when they need it with­out the cap­i­tal out­lay.

“An­other thing to con­sider is that the fac­to­ry­fit­ted op­tions will only work on that ma­chine,” Seddon con­tin­ues. “You can’t swap them be­tween ma­chines as you can with most Top­con sys­tems, so there is a lim­i­ta­tion if you are keen to stretch one sys­tem be­tween mul­ti­ple ma­chines.”

Top­con tech­nol­ogy is com­pat­i­ble across all ma­chine types, makes and mod­els, mak­ing it a highly flex­i­ble and cus­tomis­able solution. A GNSS ma­chine con­trol sys­tem can be adapted with a high pre­ci­sion laser re­ceiver that com­bined will de­liver mil­lime­tre ver­ti­cal pre­ci­sion for fine grad­ing tasks, a tech­nol­ogy unique to Top­con.

“Top­con’s key dif­fer­en­tia­tor is the adapt­abil­ity of its com­po­nents – you can make a 2D sys­tem 3D, or vice versa, swap a grader sys­tem to a dozer, grader, ex­ca­va­tor or even a skid steer,” Seddon says. “The fac­tory fit op­tions are a great way to in­crease a sin­gle ma­chine’s ca­pa­bil­ity to get to grade for ba­sic tasks, whereas a Top­con af­ter­mar­ket op­tion will help all your ma­chines get to grade, no mat­ter what chal­lenges the job holds.”

Cus­tomers can eas­ily switch be­tween en­try-level sys­tems and the most so­phis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy.

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