Excavator control

27 February 2008

Topcon has launched the 2DXI and 2DXE 2-Dexcavator control systems. The former can be used for cutting slopes, excavating trenches for utilities as well as digging footings and basements, a spokesman for the company said. He added the system can be quickly and easily upgraded to full 3D GPS+ control.

The 2DXi system includes the GX-60 touch screen graphical display and four 360¢ª tilt sensors which are all connected via a CANBUS configuration. An optional LS-B10W laser receiver can be added to provide a constant elevation benchmark for the machine when it moves to a new position. The 2DXi can be upgraded with a password to a 3DXi-GPS+ indicate control system, allowing the user to receive multi-constellation signals – GPS and GLONASS – for maximum signal reception in all conditions, the spokesman said.

The new 2DXe system is ideal for large or small excavators and backhoes for use in applications where basic indicate control is all that is needed, he added.

Murray Lodge, TPS director of sales-construction, said, “Topcon's 2DXi and 2DXe systems represent a giant leap in excavator grade indication. The systems are built to withstand the harshest construction environments and designed to be user friendly and flexible enough to apply to even the most difficult jobs.”

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