Topcon and Hitachi partner for new machine control system

TOPCON has partnered with Hitachi (HCMUK) to provide an ‘innovative’ and ‘sophisticated’ machine control promised to allow for more efficient workflow.

The collaboration will see HCMUK install the Topcon X53-x automated machine control system on its range of excavators.

The Topcon X-53x has been designed and developed with the hydraulic, automated control. This allows for automated depth control, with Topcon saying that such an addition means that digging to a design in flat, stepped or sloped applications is done ‘precisely’, even by a novice operator.

David Roberts, CEO of HCMUK, commented, “Our customers are increasingly looking for enhanced productivity and efficiency in their excavators and, with connected technology like ConSite, Hitachi has been proactive in providing solutions for some time now. By entering into this partnership with Topcon, we are taking our intelligent machine offering to the next level, allowing our customers to choose from a base kit to future proof their fleets, through to full automation as seen on the ZX225US-6.

“As well as the many benefits that this technology provides, our customers have the added peace of mind that it is installed by Hitachi-trained technicians at our state-of-the-art preparation centre in Newcastle – supplied as a complete package, ready to go to work upon delivery. We’re excited to work in partnership with Topcon to achieve a common goal of ensuring our customers get the products and support they need.”

Dave Bennett, managing director at Topcon Positioning GB, added, “The demand for intelligent machine control systems is continuing to grow across the UK and, at Topcon, we’re committed to always being one step ahead to ensure construction professionals have access to the best possible equipment – which is why it’s great to work with a company like Hitachi. The innovative X-53x is improving efficiency and accuracy for machine operators across Europe, and we’re looking forward to seeing how it can improve workflows for Hitachi’s customers.”