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Topcon adds new machine control system

Topcon debuts machine control system amid news for Aussie Volvo operators

Topcon Positioning Group has announced its latest addition – the MC-Max machine control solution – for mixed heavy equipment fleets.

The precision measurement designer and manufacturer had designed its new system to adapt to the machine control and data integration setups of existing equipment including dozers and excavators.

The news comes after the US-based manufacturer announced a collaboration research agreement with equipment giant Kubota aimed at the agricultural sector.

Topcon says the MC-Max increases processing power, speed, accuracy, versatility and reliability and has been based on both customer feedback and real-world applications.

“With MC-Max, we’ve created a solution that is flexible and can continue to grow as a contractor’s needs and capabilities expand,” says Topcon’s executive vice president Jamie Williamson.

“This new solution provides improved scalability and precision in the field and offers business owners real-time data integration, connectivity and resource management capabilities across their entire workflow.”

Topcon also says the MC-Max has a modern interface that is easy for operators to learn, while also highlighting the flexibility of mounting solutions and positioning technologies.

The company has also introduced the MC-X platform, which it says “ties together mixed fleets by interacting with multiple versions of 3D-MC, providing connectivity to Sitelink3D and taking advantage of the multi-constellation capabilities of GNSS antennas”.

Capable of sharing data, transferring files and tracking progress, the MC-X platform allows job sites to be monitored from any remote location.

In a separate announcement, Volvo Construction Equipment has said the semi-autonomous digging functionality offered by its Active Control on the Dig Assist suite of tools can now be used with Topcon’s 3D-MC software on certain excavator models.

For the Australian market, this applies to Volvo’s EC220E, EC250E, EC300E and EC350E crawler excavators, with a further rollout planned in 2022.

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