Engcon and Trimble collaborate on automatic tilt function
Engcon now offers a tiltrotator feature that automatically keeps an excavator bucket at the correct angle.
Developed with Trimble, Engcon's new offering means the excavator operator need focus only on maintaining the bucket at the correct height and rotation. This increases the operator's efficiency and, ultimately, profitability.
The automatic tilt function is expected to be ready for delivery in the U.S. and Canada in mid-November.
"The construction market's demands for productivity, profitability and automation are increasing, and by combining tiltrotator and excavator systems in an automatic tilt function, we will see not only a reaction to market requirements but also increased operator comfort," says Fredrik Eklind, Trimble's Product Manager, Machine Control, Civil Engineering & Construction.
Engcon and Trimble have worked together for years integrating products and features to the benefit of both companies' customers. "The collaboration with Engcon has gone well and the automatic tilt function is a successful project," says Eklind.
Engcon and Trimble: more opportunities
Another feature benefiting the customer by the collaboration of Engcon and Trimble is that Engcon's DC2 control system is available for download directly in Trimble's Android display via Trimble App Central. This means that it will be possible to obtain remote support directly through the large Trimble display and the digging system's internet connection. With this, DC2 is no longer reliant on the type of phone the customer has.
"This is a big step toward becoming platform-independent, and Trimble has been very responsive to the development work," says Peter Huczkowsky, who is responsible for the development of Engcon's control systems, and is Engcon's project manager on this undertaking.
In recent years, customers have been able to use Engcon's Positioning System (ePS) together with Trimble's excavation system Earthwork. This has meant that the operator is guided while the exact position of the bucket is shown on the screen located in the cab.