July 2013

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  • Advantages of Topcon's 3D Millimeter GPS+ System
    Advantages of Topcon's 3D Millimeter GPS+ System

    Posted: 7/22/2013
    All construction jobs require a degree of accuracy but for some, like roadwork, paving, mining or airport work; the positioning accuracy needs to be precise down to the millimeter. The 3D millimeter GPS+ system from Topcon combines laser and GPS technology in one system that is ideal for fine tolerance work such as paving. This technology is patented by Topcon and provides grading accuracy that is up to 300% more accurate than existing 3D GPS machine systems.

    The Topcon millimeter GPS systems consist of three component parts that work together to produce a high level of GPS vertical accuracy. The centerpiece of this system is the PZL-1 zone laser transmitter which transmits a laser wall that is 33 feet tall and can spread to have a diameter of 2000 feet. It is also possible to link up to four of these transmitters together at a time to increase the working range to over 130 feet in elevation with a diameter of up to 8000 feet. These transmitters can handle multiple machines and man rovers at once with no limit.

    The other components of Topcon's 3D millimeter GPS+ system include a PZS-1 positioning zone sensor for mobile rovers and a PZS-MC positioning zone sensor for machine control systems. The PZS-1 processes the vertical information transmitted by the PZL-1 and determines the precise elevation without a moveable mast or grade rod. Data from the PZS-1 is transmitted wirelessly to the mobile rover. The PZS-MC zone sensor can be mounted to a grader or dozer in place of the machine-mounted GPS antenna to pick up transmissions from the PZL-1 transmitter. The PZL-1 can handle multiple machines equipped with the PZS-MC sensor with smart Lazer Zone technology that can distinguish between the signals from the different transmitters for continuous, high-precision measurements.

    The 3D millimeter GPS+ system has many benefits that help increase productivity on the job site. One major benefit is that this system is up to 300% more accurate than standard GPS systems. The G3 technology of Topcon's system combines signals from GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite systems for excellent visibility and performance even with minimal satellite coverage. Another advantage of this system is that it is a relatively low investment as this single system is useful for rough and finish grading. The millimeter GPS+ system also helps lower costs with the ability to grade to tighter tolerances and prevent material overruns.

    The 3D millimeter GPS+ system from Topcon is available through Positioning Solutions Company for motor graders, dozers, dirt trimmers, pavers, and milling machines. Contact PSC to learn more about the advantages of the millimeter GPS system or to request a quote.
  • Telematics: Top 10 Mistakes When Buying an Asset Management Solution
    Telematics: Top 10 Mistakes When Buying an Asset Management Solution

    Asset Management:: Top 10 Mistakes Buyers Make When Purchasing Telematics

    Posted: 7/11/2013
    Asset management is a hot topic these days in the construction and trucking industries. There are a seemingly endless number of companies providing asset management solutions, and an even wider range of telematic options available. If you avoid these ten mistakes, you will be more satisfied with the asset management tool you purchase, and your company will be more profitable because of it.
    Companies use telematics to run their businesses more efficiently by tracking and managing equipment utilization, tracking vehicles, managing fuel consumption, scheduling service and maintenance and even theft prevention. Unfortunately, many buyers make mistakes when purchasing a solution that can cost their companies thousands of dollars in the long run and reduce the returns that telematics can provide.

    Too often, a telematic solution is chosen by ONE department within a company; even though in most cases several departments can benefit by using the same telematic device. Often the department buyer is interested only in a single feature? anti-theft capability for example. The correct asset management solution could maximize the company?s profits by finding a unit that can also tracks fuel consumption, mileage, fleet utilization, maintenance scheduling, interstate tax cost savings and more. By being aware that other departments could benefit from the same telematic solution, you can purchase units for your fleets that will show cost savings across departments and exponentially increase the cost savings for the entire company.

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  • Komatsu's Intelligent Machine Control Compatible with Topcon Products
    Komatsu's Intelligent Machine Control Compatible with Topcon Products

    Posted: 7/5/2013
    Komatsu has recently unveiled their newest technology, an intelligent machine control system, at the Bauma 2013 International Fair in Munich this past April. This system was featured on the new D61EXi/PXi-23 dozer and a prototype of the PC210LCi-10 excavator for display at the fair. The intelligent machine control system features automatic blade control, integration of Komatsu Komtrax wireless system, and a factory standard Plug and Play provision which allows integration with Topcon 2D and 3D blade control systems as well as Topcon Sitelink 3D.

    The new intelligent machine control system developed by Komatsu has a renovated GNSS (global navigation satellite system) receiver and control box along with an improved GNSS antenna that was moved from the blade to the top of the cab. This system allows the D61EXi/PXi-23 dozer to handle finish grading and rough dozing with improved efficiency. Unlike conventional machine control systems, Komatsu can produce highly accurate measurements in real-time that are not affected by the movements of the blade. Its integration with Topcon's Sitelink 3D management system also allows real-time data and work progress to be sent between the office and the dozer remotely for quick communication and unified jobsite management.

    The Komatsu D61EXi/PXi-23 dozer with intelligent machine control was developed by Komatsu in collaboration with Topcon Corporation and is set to be released in North America in June before becoming available to other regions throughout the world. Positioning Solutions Company carries Topcon Sitelink 3D software as well as 2D and 3D blade control systems that are compatible with Komatsu's intelligent machine control system. Its revolutionary technology provides maximum efficiency, productivity, and accuracy through every machine process while ultimately reducing operational costs.