Komatsu Launches First Excavator To Pack Its Latest Machine Control Technology

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Komatsu PC210LCi
The operator controls the arm while the iMC system controls the boom and bucket for the Komatsu PC210LCi-11 semiautomatic excavator.

Komatsu has launched an updated version of the PC210LCi-11, its smallest excavator equipped with intelligent Machine Control (iMC), the company's fully-integrated system for semi-automatic grading functions.

The update brings the new, second-generation version of iMC to the machine, making it the first Komatsu excavator to hit the market with iMC 2.0 on board. Komatsu unveiled iMC 2.0 at ConExpo 2020 where it was featured as part of a preview of the D71PXi-24 dozer.

The PC210LCi-11 weighs between 51,397 and 53,3882 pounds and is designed for precise digging as called for on such tasks as footings, retention ponds and utility work, the company says. The mid-sized excavator runs on a 165-horsepower Komatsu engine and has bucket capacities of .66 to 1.57 cubic yards.

The factory-integrated iMC 2.0 system prevents over-digging and keeps operators on grade. Komatsu bills it as a way “to quickly lessen the skill gap between new and experienced operators.” The company says it also increases productivity.

Komatsu PC210LCi-11 excavatorThe 3D GNSS machine guidance and sensor technology automatically controls the bucket’s angle to the design surface. This allows operators to perform finish grading by only controlling the excavator’s arm, while the boom automatically adjusts bucket height.

An auto-tilt bucket control automatically aligns the bucket parallel to the slope, which means the operator doesn’t have to align the excavator with the target surface.

The system is controlled by a 12-inch touchscreen display. The sensors and stroke-sensing hydraulic cylinders provide real-time position display.

Komatsu PC210LCi-11 excavatorStandard equipment on the PC210LCi-11 includes three-speed travel with auto shift, AM/FM radio, automatic engine-warmup system, automatic air conditioner and heater, auto idle, programmable auto idle shutdown, heated high-back air suspension seat, rearview camera, ROPS cab and working lights on boom and front.

To watch a video on the iMC system, see below: