Komatsu introduces excavator 3D machine guidance

The 3D Machine Guidance kit provides an accessible way to add 2D and 3D machine guidance to any crawler or wheeled excavator.
Earthmoving & soil compaction / April 17, 2024 1 minute Read
By Guy Woodford
Komatsu is launching 3D machine guidance and payload functions for crawler and wheeled excavators (image courtesy Komatsu)

Drawing on a decade of experience and a deep understanding of the intelligent Machine Control system, Komatsu now offers Smart Construction 3D Machine Guidance kit as a simple and flexible technological enhancement for a broad range of standard Komatsu machines and mixed fleets.

The 3D Machine Guidance kit provides an accessible way to add 2D and 3D machine guidance to any crawler or wheeled excavator from 13 tonnes up to 120 tonnes.

The kit can be customised with various optional additions such as a tilt bucket and couplers kit, a two-piece boom kit, a super long front kit, and a SATEL radio kit. These options allow the kit better to accommodate each customer's machine configurations and operating conditions.

Developed by Komatsu for Smart Construction to the same strict standards as their renowned yellow machines, the 3D Machine Guidance kit hardware components provide customers with guaranteed reliable quality and performance.

Consistent with Komatsu's ongoing dedication to improving job site safety, a 3D safety zone feature has been integrated into the system. This allows customers to create and import avoidance zones. The feature serves as a preventive strategy, sending alerts to operators when they are near hazards such as powerlines, underground utilities, walkways, or public roads.

The 3D Machine Guidance kit's automatic file conversion is compatible with the most common design file formats. This ensures a seamless integration with customers' existing 3D systems from different manufacturers.

In addition to the standard machine guidance functionality, the 3D Machine Guidance kit has an integrated payload meter option for Komatsu machines. This feature allows for dynamic material weighing, eliminating the need for manual checks and interruptions. This boosts productivity by ensuring each truck is loaded to its optimal capacity without risking overload.

Besides being a standard 3D GNSS system, the kit is integrated into the Smart Construction suite as a first step towards optimising the earthmoving process (DX). It works as an IoT tool automatically collecting terrain and payload data, which can be visualised and analysed using Smart Construction solutions and expert advice.

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