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Trimble Advances Next-Generation 3D Grade Control Technology

September 10, 2005
Highly flexible 3D grade control system allows contractors to equip their entire fleet.



Trimble, Sunnyvale, Calif., introduced a new version of its next-generation 3D Grade Control System. The enhanced Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System has the flexibility to be used on dozers, motor graders, excavators and scrapers. The GCS900 allows contractors to use a common platform across their entire fleet for all phases of earthmoving and to significantly improve their productivity-from mass excavation to finished grading.

The Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System is a cutting-edge 3D earthmoving grade control system that puts design surfaces, grades and alignments inside the cab. The expanded GCS900 Grade Control System provides the contractor with the option to select from GPS, GPS and laser, or advanced total station technology to accurately position the blade or bucket in real-time. This significantly reduces material overages and dramatically improves the contractor's productivity and profitability.

The Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System allows contractors to use a common platform across their entire fleet, while at the same time selecting the best option for the machine and the application or task. Designed for earthmoving contractors using a range of machines, the highly flexible GCS900 system can be installed on excavators for mass excavation, dozers or scrapers for bulk earthworks, or motor graders for finished grading. And with its CAN-based design, the GCS900 can be moved easily from machine to machine, as needed.

The Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System can be installed in a variety of configurations for different machine types:
For dozers it can be configured as:

  • A dual antenna GPS system
  • A dual antenna GPS system with laser augmentation

    For motor graders it can be configured as:

  • A robotic total station based system
  • A dual antenna GPS system
  • A single or dual antenna GPS system with laser augmentation

    For excavators it can be configured as a dual antenna GPS system

    For scrapers it can be configured as a single or dual antenna GPS system

    Using the Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System, contractors can reduce rework, improve material yields and lower their operating costs-improving their productivity and profitability. The Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System can be purchased as a standalone system or as an upgrade from a Trimble conventional Grade Control System.

    The Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System Version 6.0 is available now from Trimble's Construction Division dealer network.

    Source: Trimble, September 9, 2005

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