Trimble announces the LOADRITE Payload Management for Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for Excavators integration. This integration will help increase productivity and efficiency for excavator operations, allowing contractors to track bucket-by-bucket payload, and monitor mass haul progress from the same Trimble Earthworks display. The versatile system can be installed on any hydraulic excavator that has Trimble Earthworks, and offers an easy transition between grade control and payload management, maximizing the contractor’s investment.
“With the introduction, Trimble will have the only aftermarket, mixed fleet solution that integrates grade control with payload management,” said Scott Crozier, General Manager for Trimble’s Civil Engineering and Construction Division. “This technology makes the Trimble Earthworks platform extensible to more applications, and more flexible than ever before.”
Combining machine control and payload management on the Trimble Earthworks platform can increase the versatility and productivity of the excavator, empowering the operator to not only grade to within a given specification, but also maximize every truck haul to get the job done quicker.
Earthworks for Excavators Grade Control Platform
The Trimble Earthworks for Excavators Grade Control Platform features intuitive, easy-to-learn software that runs on an Android operating system. Contractors can take advantage of the first integrated 3-D aftermarket grade control automatics for excavators. Excavators can work semi-automatically, allowing operators to create smooth, flat or sloped surfaces more easily.
LOADRITE Payload Management
Trimble LOADRITE onboard weighing systems ensure optimal loading to maximize every truck haul to get the job done quicker. With the ability to accurately measure the weight of each bucket and calculate the total weight loaded onto each truck, the system enables operators to increase productivity and efficiency for excavating, creating more efficient mass haul.
Trimble announces the release of the Trimble Earthworks GO! Grade Control Platform, a 2-D grade control solution for compact machine grading attachments. Trimble Earthworks GO! enables high-accuracy grading in an easy-to-use, portable platform. It is the only Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) compact machine control solution available today that runs on Android or iOS smartphones.
“Trimble is proud to once again introduce groundbreaking construction technology,” said Crozier. “Trimble Earthworks GO! is the first BYOD compact machine control solution on the market. It makes grade control technology affordable and easy to use for contractors.”
Trimble Earthworks GO! can be used by contractors involved in general construction, site preparation and utility work for grading flat and simple slopes. The system leverages laser technology to provide dynamic, real-time position information that allows the operator to grade or cut profiles quickly and accurately.
The platform requires little training time and can increase an operator’s productivity up to 20 percent. At the core of the system is the Earthworks GO! software that guides the user through installation, setup and operating modes. The software was specifically designed for local small site contractors and owner-operators, featuring unparalleled ease-of-use. iOS and Android compatibility allows operators to use their smartphone as the primary machine interface.
Trimble Earthworks GO! is the easiest system on the market to install. Trimble’s proprietary GO! Box enables full sensing technology with no mounting hardware needed. Contractors can save machine profiles to the GO! Box to ensure the grading attachment only needs to be set up once. This innovative capability makes it quick and easy to move the system between machines.
Version 5.0 of Trimble Business Center, which merges two products, Trimble Business Center and Business Center – HCE, to provide both surveying and civil construction customers with a complete office software solution is now available to customers. Combining both products into one platform provides a larger set of tools for customers to leverage for more services and value for their clients.
The combined software enables data interoperability between survey and construction workflows for more efficiency, time savings and data quality – a competitive advantage that empowers customers.
“Trimble is continually improving our products to better serve our customers,” said Alistair Wells, Business Manager of Trimble Civil Software. “This integration simplifies workflows and licensing for our customers, saving them time and money by providing a complete office software solution across the project lifecycle.”
Trimble Business Center version 5.0 now includes support for mobile mapping and terrestrial scanning data from systems such as the Trimble MX9 mobile mapping system and the Trimble TX series terrestrial scanners. In addition, high-quality flight data from Delair unmanned aerial systems (UAS) can be combined with other sensor data for the rapid creation of vivid orthomosaics and highly accurate surface models. Survey and construction professionals can now easily integrate these multi-sensor data types together within the single software environment, streamlining their workflows and increasing productivity.
This version includes intelligent new tools for the creation of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information System (GIS) deliverables, corridor inspection reports and tunnel as-built analysis from complex 3-D point clouds. The addition of automated feature extraction, powered by Trimble eCognition software, dramatically reduces the time to extract features, such as trees, poles and signs, from point cloud data. New multi-slice capabilities, combined with cutting plane workflows, allow users to quickly extract cross sections from point clouds at intervals along a linear geometry, further streamlining corridor redesign and maintenance reporting.
The new Trimble Macro Language (TML) allows survey and construction professionals to customize data computations and add new CAD and GIS workflows to fit specific local requirements. By extending out-of-the-box software capabilities, customers can further increase operational efficiency, reducing the time to create client deliverables.
“Trimble Business Center continues to be an integration hub for our customers’ data, streamlining workflows to create client deliverables with confidence,” said Tim Lemmon, Marketing Director of Trimble Geospatial. “The new version further optimizes field-to-office workflows by integrating new data types for our customers, and the introduction of automated feature extraction enables them to more effectively analyze and extract valuable information for a broad array of applications.”
Trimble introduces the new SPS785 GNSS Smart Antenna, and dynamic tilt functionality for the SPS986 GNSS Smart Antenna. These releases expand the Trimble Site Positioning Systems portfolio with a new, more affordable receiver and added functionality for the SPS986.
SPS785 GNSS Smart Antenna
The new SPS785 GNSS Smart Antenna is a fully capable GNSS receiver that is priced for a faster return on investment. It features Trimble’s high-quality GNSS accuracy at a lower price point.
The SPS785 has full satellite coverage with the combination of GPS and all GNSS constellations. A seamless workflow with the Trimble Siteworks Positioning Systems means that everyone on the jobsite can use the same data and work on the same platform.
For added protection, the SPS785’s radio antenna fits inside the range pole. The lightweight and compact design enables contractors to work longer with less fatigue.
SPS986 GNSS Smart Antenna Wwith Dynamic Tilt
The SPS986 is specifically designed for rugged jobsite measurement applications, and is now available with a dynamic tilt upgrade. The dynamic tilt feature allows for faster data collection to enable construction surveyors to create larger digital terrain models faster and with improved accuracy. It is designed to capture higher accuracy measurements on steeper slopes from a moving vehicle and more accurate volume measurements to save time and money on material planning.
The dynamic tilt measurement mode also auto-measures antenna height. From inside the vehicle, contractors can set the height of the antenna and quickly interrogate surface models using the real-time 3-D surface display in Trimble Siteworks field software.
“This vehicle-mounted solution is simple to install and easy-to-use,” said Crozier. “Supervisors, inspectors, grade checkers, site engineers and construction surveyors will appreciate the ability to accurately measure sloped surfaces while driving the site with SPS986 and Trimble Siteworks. They can now do more with the same tool.”
Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform version 1.7 with support for motor graders and automatic guidance for tiltrotator attachments is now available. Trimble Earthworks for Motor Graders is a GNSS-based, 3-D grade control solution designed to make fine grading more accurate, faster and easier than ever before. In addition, Trimble Earthworks now gives excavator operators using tiltrotators the advantage of automatic machine control, which can result in increased productivity.
“The introduction of the motor grader into the Trimble Earthworks platform completes the family of earthmoving machines,” said Crozier. “Now contractors can realize even faster ROI, more uptime and increased portability across their fleet of heavy equipment.”
Earthworks for Motor Graders
Trimble Earthworks for Motor Graders leverages Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensor technology in
combination with GNSS, resulting in increased accuracy and stability in fine grading applications. Operators will enjoy the same intuitive, easy-to-use and learn Trimble Earthworks software available for excavators and dozers. Contractors can take advantage of the increased hardware portability available across their fleet for an even quicker return on their machine control investment.
Automatic Guidance for Tiltrotator Attachments
When tiltrotators are used with Trimble Earthworks for Excavators, the bucket position and orientation are always visible regardless of bucket rotation. The operator can see the height and the rotation relative to the design, so the attachment can be more efficient. Now, Trimble Earthworks can automate the tilt functions of a tiltrotator to enable operators of all skill levels to be significantly more productive when using these attachments.
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