Topcon Positioning Group announces a new modular GNSS receiver system — the MR-2. The system combines all current and planned constellation tracking with a comprehensive set of communication interfaces to service any precision application requiring high performance RTK (real-time kinematic) positioning and heading determination.
Mack Trucks has announced that WheresMyConcrete, a cloud-based and telematics-connected dispatching, analytics and customer service tool, is now available for Mack ready-mix customers seeking improved asset visibility, dispatch efficiency and real-time data identifying exactly where a concrete load is in the delivery process. Mack made the announcement during World of Concrete 2017.
Available on new Volvo wheel loaders ranging from L110H to L250H – Volvo Load Assist provides both real-time intelligence to the operator and documentation of work orders for the owner and their customers. Managed through Volvo Co-Pilot, the award-winning in-cab interface, Load Assist eliminates the guesswork associated with loading accurate tonnage, reducing occurrences of reweighing and reloading, as well as providing opportunity for the owner to expedite paperwork and improve operator training.
Takeuchi has launched a new telematics system, Takeuchi Fleet Management (TFM). This is Takeuchi’s first step in a multifaceted initiative to know their customers better. Now available at all local dealers, TFM hardware comes standard on select excavators and track loaders in the Takeuchi lineup.
At Bauma 2016 Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is launching a new approach to how it offers services and solutions to customers. The new method gives greater clarity on both the range of services and solutions offered, and the value they deliver for customers’ operations and businesses. Volvo CE will also use the show for the international unveiling of its revolutionary Volvo Co-Pilot onboard services display, and advanced ‘Assist’ machine services – Dig Assist (pictured), Load Assist, Compact Assist and the soon-to-be available Pave Assist.
Throughout 2016, Caterpillar will release updates to the VisionLink user interface making it faster and easier to use with today’s smartphones and tablets. Cat customers will continue to enjoy the value offered by more efficient management of their fleet:
- Tracking equipment location
- Monitoring equipment usage
- Monitoring and managing fuel consumption
- Identifying operators needing training
- Planning and scheduling maintenance
CASE Construction Equipment and Leica Geosystems have extended their partnership in North America to include the availability of off-machine precision construction tools through CASE dealers, including pipe lasers, rotating lasers, underground utility locators and automatic/electronic levels. In a related move, CASE has developed three levels of certification that enable each dealer to carry the expanded product offering, and provide better consultation and customer service on precision construction products and applications.
John Deere is launching a new telematics interface enabling customers to better optimize their machines, uptime and jobsites. The JDLink Dashboard provides intuitive, easy-to-use tools for contractors to manage their equipment that have active JDLink Ultimate, Express, or Locate subscriptions.
Information is power. The data provided by telematics systems, at its most basic level, helps equipment owners make better decisions about how they run their business. But taking that basic data and adding some critical thinking to it can reveal new insights into the productivity and efficiency of your fleet. In this article, Brad Stemper, solutions marketing manager for Case Construction Equipment, provides examples of how to better utilize your fleet for optimal productivity and efficiency.
The new JDLink ROI estimator by John Deere is proving how effective the telematics solution can be for today’s customer. The tool is designed to quantify the value of keeping machines connected using JDLink, and is part of a bigger effort to continually educate customers on technology and its benefits in improving productivity, uptime and lowering daily operating costs.
The John Deere 700K SmartGrade crawler dozer is improving jobsite accuracy and quality of work through its complete integration of the Topcon 3D-MC2 Grade Control System. The system is fully integrated into the machine cabin, structures and software – delivering precise grading performance while eliminating vulnerable external masts and cables.