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Leica Geosystems Showcases Machine Automation Technology at Open House

Leica Geosystems has opened a new Center of Excellence for machine automation and other construction products in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Leica Geosystems recently hosted an Open House to showcase the latest development in machine automation and other construction industry products. The Open House took place August 17-18, 2005, at a demonstration area in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Leica Geosystems has opened a new Center of Excellence for machine automation and other construction products in Grand Rapids. The new 23,000 sq. ft. facility is staffed by more than 40 employees.

The all-new MC1200 utilizes ultra-sonic and electronic sensors to control a motor grader's moldboard to the exact elevation, slope and roll without leaving the cab. It includes Leica Geosystems' patented side-shift feature that follows the string line, curb or last pass, resulting in fewer passes and increased production.

The new GradeStar V5.0 is a fifth-generation system that provides 3D control for graders and dozers. The new version is based on the industry-standard Controller Area Network and utilizes the WinXP operating system. It features a new consolidated sensor module, which serves as a central communication hub between positioning sensors and GradeStar interface. It can work with Leica total stations or GPS positioning sensors for maximum flexibility and unmatched grade accuracy.

Pro-Control is a proven performer for 2D automatic control of dozers, graders and other machines, using a laser as the base reference for precise elevation control when 3D modeling is not required. The MC200 Digger allows excavator operators to stay in the cab and dig to a precise depth simply by observing the LCD panel that displays every move of the bucket and gives a digital readout. Basic Hydraulic is a simple laser-based system for 2D elevation control of most earthmoving machines.

Source: Leica Geosystems, Sept. 12, 2005

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