Leica confirms 3D machine control compatibility option for Cat NGH excavators

LEICA Geosystems has announced the commercial availability of the Leica MC1 3D machine control system with Caterpillar factory-installed NGH sensors.

The first customers of this new compatibility option have already experienced the ‘streamlined’ installation process of the Leica MC1 system into Caterpillar’s existing Grade 2D Assist excavator system.

Leica explained that the ‘enhanced interoperability’ between the Leica MC1 3D machine control solution and Caterpillar’s NGH sensors offers various benefits. Unlike traditional solutions that require sensor replacements, this technical solution allows the Leica MC1 software to work with the existing Cat Grade 2D Assist system without any additional hardware modifications.

While the Cat Grade 2D Assist system is said to excel in accurate grading and levelling in two dimensions (horizontal plane), the Leica MC1 3D machine control system extends this into the vertical plane. With 3D machine control, operators can now create, cut, and verify designs not only horizontally but also at various depths and slopes.

This capability, Leica added, ensures ‘precise and efficient’ earthmoving and construction tasks.

Marcel Schleiss, owner of Schleiss AG in Switzerland, who has already benefited from this offer, said, “We have eagerly anticipated this new compatibility offer for some time. We are delighted to collaborate with top-notch suppliers of construction technology, as well as with the exceptionally supportive teams at both Leica Geosystems and the Cat dealer, Avesco.”

Fabian Stadelmann, excavator operator at Schleiss AG, added, “As an excavator operator, I’ve experienced first-hand how the combination of Cat Grade 2D Assist and Leica MC1 3D machine control empowers us to deliver superior results. It not only optimises our productivity but also minimises material waste, ultimately contributing to more cost-effective and successful construction projects.”

The Leica MC1 3D machine control system is available through authorised Leica Geosystems dealers. Customers can inquire about minimum compatibility requirements for 3D machine control solutions for Caterpillar Next Gen 2D excavators at their local Cat dealer.