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Trimble SmartScale to be available on Hitachi wheel loaders

Trimble and Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc. (HCMA)announced today the availability of Trimble LOADRITE L3180 SmartScale as an option on Hitachi Wheel Loaders in the U.S.

The LOADRITE L3180 SmartScale uses weighing intelligence and solid state sensors for more accurate, precise and faster loading. It also connects machines and devices for the collection and syncing of data via the built-in WiFi to InsightHQ reporting portal. InsightHQ consolidates live, operational information from Trimble LOADRITE devices on loaders, excavators and conveyors across the site, to provide near real-time productivity and performance reports for extraction, processing and load-out operations. 

Reengineered from the ground up, Trimble's innovative, next-generation loader scale platform features smarter weighing, smarter data management and a smarter operator interface. Intelligence in the weighing software and new hardware gives operators of all skill levels the ability to load faster and more productively than ever before.

"The Trimble-Hitachi collaboration is a demonstration of our customer focus and dedication to bringing Hitachi wheel loader customers the latest construction technology," said Al Quinn, vice president, Operations, HCMA. "Combining the strength of Hitachi's world-leading wheel loader technology with the accuracy and usability of Trimble LOADRITE scales enables customers to improve loadout productivity and efficiency."

"Leveraging the collaboration between Trimble and Hitachi for advanced construction technology, this new program brings Trimble technology and Hitachi machinery together, helping the customer maximize productivity from their wheel loader," said Johan Smet, general manager of Trimble's Aggregates Division. "Together, Trimble and Hitachi make it easier for contractors and aggregate producers by streamlining the order process for Hitachi machines with Trimble weighing systems."

The L3180 offers more precise weighing than previous generation LOADRITE scales, in a wide range of conditions including adjusting for rough terrain, operator technique and machine movement using new weighing intelligence. The system also features digital CAN-bus sensors for noise immunity and ground slope compensation as standard.

The L3180 now offers in-cab key performance indicators (KPIs), including ton/hour, tons and truck count to enable operators to monitor performance and achieve daily targets. When using Trimble's cloud-based InsightHQ quarry reporting portal, personnel can gain access to site production and operator performance KPIs on desktop or mobile devices. Data is presented in dashboard or graphical formats, including a new loadout performance heatmap, powered by built-in GPS. The system caches data locally and then syncs it with InsightHQ.

The L3180 features a 5.7" touchscreen display, which is twice the size of previous generation scales. Colorful graphics, cleaner interface design and the new touchscreen allow for faster menu navigation and interaction. New loading information detail including customer and product for each job can be customized on the interface by each operator to match their workflow and make it easier to see the right information for maximum productivity.


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