Machine Control Offers Flexibility Across Entire Fleets – No Matter the Iron

Feb. 3, 2022

Machine control can be implemented on a single machine, an entire fleet, or a combination of these. Simple systems may just monitor and enable a single machine, while more sophisticated platforms may allow networking of jobsites around the world — allowing managers to oversee projects dispersed over large territories in real time.

Options for machine control vary based on need. For example, a contractor who only needs to know the height or depth of bucket, blade, or screed may opt for a 2D system. These relatively inexpensive systems may use sonic sensors or rotating lasers and laser sensors to provide height and depth information.

Someone who needs height information along with the position of a machine on a jobsite may choose a 3D system. If an operator only needs to be told where to dig, a guidance (or indicate-only) system may be enough. If, however, they prefer a blade or bucket to follow the contour of a design surface by itself, a fully controlled (or automatic) system may be more appropriate.

Other items to consider depend on jobsite conditions. If a job is under open skies where satellite access is a possibility, correction services, GPS, or GNSS are options that can provide position information. If the jobsite is obstructed by trees, buildings, tunnels or other structures, a robotic total station or LPS system may be a better alternative.

MC-Max From Topcon – Iron Truly is Iron 

MC-Max is a new machine control solution from Topcon. Based on the MC-X machine control platform and backed by Sitelink3D — MC-Max is a real-time, cloud-based data management ecosystem — and is a scalable solution for mixed-fleet heavy equipment environments. It is designed to adapt to owners’ machine control and data integration needs as fleets and workflows expand.

MC-Max increases processing power, speed, accuracy, versatility and reliability; and can be installed on a full range of dozers and excavators, using the same basic modular components. Modern, redesigned user and product interfaces were developed based on real-world applications and feedback and provide a simplified and immersive user experience that allows operators to learn the system easily.

The MC-Max solution offers flexible mounting solutions, as well as optional automatic blade and bucket control for a variety of machines. The system also provides a full battery of positioning technologies ranging from slope control to laser, multi-constellation GNSS, robotic total station and Millimeter GPS systems.

MC-Max also provides project managers a real-time view of machine positions, activities and onsite progress, and is compatible with a wide range of site communications systems.

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