Po­si­tion Part­ners of­fer iDig 2D ex­ca­va­tor con­trol

Po­si­tion Part­ners to of­fer iDig 2D ex­ca­va­tor con­trol

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Po­si­tion Part­ners has an­nounced it will be of­fer­ing the iDig line of 2D ma­chine con­trol sys­tems for ex­ca­va­tors.

The iDig ma­chine con­trol sys­tem uses real-time in­di­ca­tions of depth, dis­tance and slope to keep arm and bucket move­ments on track. The sys­tem en­ables op­er­a­tors to do ev­ery­thing from within the cab, re­mov­ing the need for a grade checker or sur­veyor and also re­duc­ing fuel waste.

The iDig sys­tem re­quires no weld­ing, us­ing sen­sors that are fit­ted di­rectly to the boom us­ing a 3M ad­he­sive so­lu­tion. No wiring along the arm is needed as the sen­sors in­ter­act with the cab con­trol box by ra­dio and the sys­tem runs on so­lar power, so no charg­ing is re­quired. The set-up al­lows the iDig sys­tem to be trans­ferred from one ma­chine to an­other with min­i­mal in­ter­rup­tion, which also in­creases its cost-ef­fec­tive­ness.

Once an ini­tial bucket start point has been en­tered, po­si­tion data from the sen­sors is dis­played in-cab on a 7-inch touch­screen and coloured LED in­di­ca­tor lights let the op­er­a­tor know when they’re ap­proach­ing tar­get.

Po­si­tion Part­ners says the iDig sys­tem is unique in that it has been built from the ground up for 2D po­si­tion­ing, which also in­creases the ver­sa­til­ity.

“iDig has been built specif­i­cally as a 2D sys­tem for 2D ap­pli­ca­tions on any job sites,” Po­si­tion Part­ners ma­chine sys­tems prod­uct manager

Joel Sed­don says. “It is not a 3D sys­tem with 3D tech­nol­ogy sim­ply taken out of it – so it’s very in­tu­itive and ex­tremely sim­ple to use thanks to the large icons, 800x480 pixel res­o­lu­tion, and highly re­spon­sive 7-inch touch screen.

“When placed on a mini or large ex­ca­va­tor, the iDig ma­chine con­trol sys­tem en­ables you to carry the bench­mark with you, in­clud­ing height and slope guid­ance, across an en­tire job site; it negates the need for a grade checker or stand­alone laser re­ceiver on your ma­chine.”

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