Picture from teh cab of an excavator showing the android controls and the machine's bucket

Engcon and Trimble collaborate to improve excavator functionality

Published:  08 November, 2018

Excavator specialists Engcon and Trimble have jointly developed a new feature that automatically keeps the bucket or beam at the correct tilt angle.

This allows the operator to just keep the equipment at the correct height and rotation for improved efficiency.

Tiltrotator manufacturer Engcon and control system maker Trimble have worked to integrate each other's products and features for many years.

In the past, customers have been able to use Engcon’s Positioning System (ePS) with Earthworks, Trimble’s Grade Control technology platform. The driver can see the exact position of the bucket shown on the screen in the excavator cabin.

‘The collaboration with Engcon has worked very well and the work on the automatic tilt function is a very successful project,’ said  Fredrik Eklind, Product Manager in the Machine Control, Civil Engineering and Construction Division at Trimble.

‘The market's demands for higher productivity, profitability and automation in construction are increasing and by combining both tiltrotator and excavator systems in an automatic tilt function, we will see not only a response to meeting market requirements but also increased operator comfort.’

Engcon's DC2 control system will be made available for download directly in Trimble’s Android display via Trimble’s App Central. This means that users have access to remote support directly through the large Trimble display and the digging system's internet connection. The DC2 operates completely independently of the type of phone the customer has.

‘This is a big step towards becoming platform-independent and Trimble have been very responsive to the development work,’ said Peter Huczkowsky who is responsible for the development of Engcon's control systems and manager of the Trimble project.

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