Fitted to a Volvo EC140E excavator equipped with a Steelwrist tiltrotator, the system is said to have ‘greatly enhanced’ the autonomy and versatility of the firm’s operators, who are currently working on a civil engineering project near Dundee.
Plant operator Mark Anderson explained, “You need to get an image in your head of what the site will look like, and what the first task that you can undertake will be. Normally, it’s taking everything down to grade, which the Unicontrol system makes so much easier.
“You’re checking your datum and heights just to make sure everything’s right, and you’re walking around with a laser for maybe half a day, but as soon as you turn the system on, you’ve got your datum and you’re away – it’s unbelievable how much time it saves.”
Describing the need for companies to adopt machine control systems, SMT GB product manager John Lawrence added, “While there is no one solution to the challenges the construction industry currently faces, making use of a cost-effective and easy-to-use 3D machine control system will certainly alleviate some of the pressure that companies are facing.
“Unicontrol3D provides exactly what the industry has been looking for – a simple and user-friendly 3D machine control solution. Its adaptability is key to what makes a great product, with Unicontrol providing full support throughout the fleet, regardless of machine type or manufacturer.”
Designed to be retrofitted to machines, one of the advantages of the Unicontrol3D machine control system is its versatility, as it is not tied to any one machine within a customer’s fleet.
Customers can digitally create an entire project, and assign specific machines fitted with Unicontrol3D from their fleet. Unicontrol also provides insight data from the machines working on the project and, if required, allow for a customer to make adjustments to the project as it progresses.