Machine Control/Ag

Hemisphere GNSS enters partnership with CPAC Systems AB

April 15, 2016By
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Hemisphere GNSS is significantly expanding its strategic partnership with CPAC Systems, Gothenburg, Sweden, owned by the Volvo Group. After signing a large contract, Hemisphere will now be the sole source of GNSS positioning and heading systems to CPAC Systems. Hemisphere’s technology is being used in the recently announced Co-Pilot series for Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) as part of Volvo... read more

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Free report offered on UAVs in precision agriculture

March 31, 2016By
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Numerous factors will impact the economics and logistics of how farmers and growers will use drones in 2016 and beyond, according to a new report offered by the Commercial UAV Expo. In “Above the Field with UAVs in Precision Agriculture,” author Jeremiah Karpowicz examines factors such as: Potential impact of new FAA regulations Capabilities created or augmented with new sensor... read more

Agriculture moving to customized nitrogen fertilization

March 30, 2016By
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Everyone involved in Canada’s agricultural sector is aware of the environmental issues associated with farming.To optimize performance and revenue while respecting the environment, for the past few years producers have been counting on a new ally: precision agriculture. read more

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Septentrio Americas delivers machine control receivers for world’s largest iron ore mine

March 16, 2016By
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Vale’s new S11D mine is the largest iron ore project in the world. It will produce more than 90 million tons of iron ore annually when it becomes operational in the second half of 2016. Vale is leveraging technology from Septentrio and other mining companies to implement a highly automated truckless transport system that will substantially reduce fuel consumption and... read more

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Topcon announces robotic-based system for concrete paving

March 1, 2016By
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Topcon Positioning Group is offering a local positioning system (LPS) for concrete paving. The LPS Paving System is designed to provide a stringless paving solution in conditions when GNSS signals are blocked or unavailable. It uses multiple Topcon PS series robotic total stations — tracking two prisms mounted to the concrete paver — for steering and elevation control. “This robotic-based system does not encounter... read more

Leica Ultra locator finds underground utility lines

February 16, 2016By
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Leica Geosystems has released the Leica Ultra underground service locating system for site engineers and underground utility specialists who need to trace buried utility lines accurately for safe underground excavations and utility surveys. The locating systems helps users attain the highest accuracy to avoid costly mistakes, such as cutting utility lines or delaying project schedules during excavation work. By providing a wide... read more

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Topcon releases 3D dozer machine control system

February 16, 2016By
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Topcon Positioning Group has released a new 3D dozer machine control system — 3D-MCMAX. The system is driven by dual IMUs (inertial measurement unit) designed to increase on-grade performance where speed and blade response is maximized, while eliminating the need for a mast on the blade. The system uses Topcon 3D-MC2 technology with the dual IMU sensors and new, unique algorithms... read more

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Trimble expands machine control system for wheel loaders

February 12, 2016By
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Trimble has introduced version 12.81 of its Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System. The new version further expands the mix of machines supported to now include wheel loaders, demonstrating Trimble’s continued commitment to meet the contractor’s needs for construction technology across a mixed fleet and for all phases of the project life cycle. “Trimble GCS900 version 12.81 means big productivity gains... read more

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