Leica impresses in Kansas

News Roads & Bridges magazine October 19, 2006
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On a piece of farmland in the middle of Kansas, Leica Geosystems, Norcross, Ga., confirmed its strong position in the laser-guided equipment market by showing off a series of new enhancements to dealers and customers.

The freshest of them all was new features for the Sprinter M-Series Electronic Levels. New line-leveling applications cover the most common field-leveling procedures practiced by engineers and surveyors, including backsight and foresight, backsight, foresight and foresight, backsight and backsight, and intermediate sight and foresight. New on-board commands facilitate two-way communications between the instrument and a PDA or data collector.

“The new line-leveling functions will improve productivity in the field and will provide full elevation control in any construction site,” said Dan Dykhuis, director of construction sales and marketing for Leica Geosystems.

While digging dirt in Kansas, Leica Geosystems was still basking in the glow of a recent major acquisition. In September, the company and Hexagon announced the acquisition of Mikrofyn A/S in Denmark. The company is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of machine automation and laser leveling and alignment equipment for the building construction and civil engineering industries.

Mikrofyn’s product range consists of a portfolio of automatic and manual machine control systems for excavators, graders, dozers and paving machines, as well as a broad line of laser rotators, laser receivers and pipe lasers.

The Leica DigSmart 3D, introduced in April, and the improved MC200 Digger Excavator Guidance Solution also were among the products on hand in Kansas.

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