Trimble Australia announces that its Trimble GCSFlex Grade Control System is now fully upgradeable to the advanced Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System.
The announcement was made at bauma 2013, the 30th international fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles, and construction equipment.
Excavator contractors new to grade control can start with an easy-to-use GCSFlex and improve their productivity using the system’s innovative Wi-Fi enabled GNSS positioning and in-field designs. When more advanced features are needed, the contractor can seamlessly upgrade to the Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System and further leverage their GCSFlex investment.
The GCS900’s advanced functionality allows small contractors to work on larger, more complex construction projects that require 3D designs and machine connectivity. Upgrading to GCS900 can expand business opportunities for small- to medium-sized contractors by allowing them to work with the 3D design models and Connected Machine technology required when sub-contracting on larger construction projects.
Julian Dann, business area director for machine control explains that upgradeability lowers the risk for a contractor who is looking to adopt machine control for the first time by allowing them to start with a configuration that suits their needs today while still having the flexibility to implement more complex 3D designs and Connected Machine functionality in the future. The learning curve is also very small since the two systems leverage the same control box, positioning sensors, wiring and workflow.
Part of the Trimble Connected Site portfolio of solutions, Connected Machine technology wirelessly integrates grade control data communications, remote GNSS corrections and telematics, while optimising asset productivity and reducing operational costs. Contractors can remotely manage assets, training, support and projects from the office. Machine operators can stay up-to-date with the latest design files, work orders, and training without ever leaving the machine.