A new automated machine guidance system for excavators, the Leica Geosystems MC200 Digger, allows the operator to dig rapidly and accurately from inside the cab and minimizes the need for workers in the trench. The LCD display panel in the cab indicates the exact bucket position in real time relative to the desired finished grade. A rotating laser in combination with the laser catcher provides a constant grade regardless of the height of the excavator. The angle sensors are shock resistant and can be left in place when using a rock-breaking attachment. The bucket sensor is waterproof and can be used in dredging and underwater applications.
Machine guidance system reduces need for workers in trench
April 10, 2005