Collaboration pays off for Kobelco

KOBELCO has teamed up with Engcon and Leica Geosystems to produce the manufacturer’s first tiltrotator-compatible excavator.

Unveiled at bauma, the machine combines 3D Machine Control technology from Leica Geosystems with tiltrotator technology from Engcon. The three firms worked together to develop a system that can control the excavator’s boom movement, position, tilt and rotation angle of the bucket with one single lever.

The ‘flexibility’ of the system means operators can choose to automatically use a combination of these movements to provide ‘maximum control’.

Krister Blomgren, CEO of Engcon said, “This innovative technology could not have been developed without strong creativity and co-operation between our companies and the overall process has been an exciting one. Our technology is getting more and more attention from operators as they realise its efficiency benefits and it’s great seeing it on display at a huge event like bauma.”

Kobelco’s automatic excavator and tiltrotator system is planned for release in Europe during the first quarter of 2020.