Topcon reveals new earth-moving equipment technology

MC-Mobile combines machine control and survey technology to let compact equipment operators measure, design and build jobs with the same system

Digital solutions provider Topcon Positioning Systems has unveiled MC-Mobile, a new 3-in-1 solution that brings machine control to small earth moving projects and compact equipment such as mini-excavators.

Through local positioning system (LPS) functionality, layout can be accomplished with the LN-150 tool for positioning information, a prism and tablet. MC-Mobile allows contractors to move from layout, to design, to the machine utilising the same hardware and software solutions.

It also provides the ability to self-perform construction layout, create designs in the field and build to exact specifications and accuracies.

In April 2020, Topcon’s Carsten Frantzen said that machine automation that can provide on-site real-time data, speed up construction and reduce costs will significantly lower project challenges.

“Measurement, design and building with machine control guidance can be accomplished with one system by taking the same tablet display used for measuring, placing it in the cab of the machine, and having a visual to deliver results with unparalleled accuracy. This helps contractors be more productive, reducing labor, time, and rework, and therefore increasing profits,” said Ulrich Hermanski, CMO and Executive Vice President for Topcon Positioning Systems.

MC-Mobile was presented at Bauma 2022 alongside two new solutions for paving, the Virtual Ski solution for 3D cold milling machines, and an LPS solution for urban environments and bridge decks.

Both of these solutions are expected to complement the existing road building and paving system offerings for applications such as asphalt, concrete and curb and gutter work, as well as software and web-based services to assist with site management and logistics for projects and fleets.

In June 2021, Topcon said its robotic-based solutions can enhance curb and gutter paving performance and, in October 2022, Caterpillar expanded its Tilt Rotate System range to work with mini excavators.

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