Komatsu Australia unveiled its Intelligent Machine Control (iMC) technology which has been factory-installed in a range of dozer and excavator models.
The iMC range incorporates a 3D global navigation satellite system designed to let operators focus on moving material efficiently without having to worry about over-excavation or damage to the target surface.
Aaron Marsh, Komatsu Australia’s technology solution expert team manager, said issues such as growing demand for skilled operators, demand for increased productivity, finite resources and project management pressures were key factors behind the development of the technology.
“iMC allows contractors to complete bulk dozing and excavation, along with grading and final trim operations faster and to closer tolerances, with fewer passes to achieve finish grades or excavation profiles,” he said.
“It also allows far more efficient machine use and less rework – just dig or grade it once, then move on.”
He added the 3D design data is stored within an iMC machine, enabling operators to reduce the time required for staking, survey and final inspection while also providing the opportunity to perform multiple tasks simultaneously.
The iMC-equipped machines are the PC210LCi-10 excavator and D61EXi-23, D65EXi-18, D85EXi-18 and D155AXi-8 dozers.
The new range is part of the company’s SmartConstruction concept, which also includes drones and remote site management solutions.
The autonomous drones – or unmanned aerial vehicles – use 3D mapping for survey and site management purposes that can be integrated into the iMC technology.
“This technology delivers a quick, reliable and accurate survey for all earthmoving, quarry and mining applications, adding value to our integrated iMC operations,” Marsh said.