Equipment World recently announced its 2015 Innovation Award Winners. Among the winners were an excavator that goes into semi-automatic mode when you get close to the target surface and a pickup truck body. In our next two pieces, we'll devote our attention to discussing Komatsu's new excavator and Ford's pickup truck.
In our first post, we take a look at the Komatsu PC210LCi-10. Here are some facts:
- In late 2014, Komatsu America introduced its PC210LCi-10.
- The company said the Komatsu PC210LCi-10 will help cut down on construction time and make over-excavation a thing of the past.
- Comparing the Komatsu PC210LCi-10's performance to a standard PC210LC-10 excavator, the company reports a 63-percent reduction in construction time in field tests.
- As Komatsu explains, the machine takes over control only when an operator nears the target surface, as defined by downloaded project files.
"When the bucket reaches the target design surface, the automation limits it from going below grade, even allowing semi-automatic tracing of the target design surface," says Jason Anetsberger, Komatsu America's project marketing manager for intelligent machine controls.
In all other areas, the operators are in complete control, and they have the option of using manual controls at any time, Anetsberger makes clear. He explains that "The fundamental design challenge was how to smartly add automation to increase the efficiency of the machine without limiting the productivity of an experienced operator."
Peter Robson, Komatsu's director of intelligent machine controls, says that productivity gains will depend on the operator, who retains control over the project's speed.
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This excavator can make over-excavating a thing of the past.