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