INTELLIGENT loaders and excavators may be moving from Saturday morning cartoons to the real-world before you think.
Komatsu, general manager construction solutions, Todd Connolly said, while all Komatsu machines were capable of being remotely monitored through Komtrax, the company was also using telematics for automation.
“Komatsu is a pioneer in semi-automation as a first step towards full automation of complex earthmoving activities,” he said.
“Such as digging, excavating, levelling and grading to high levels of precision.
͞”In the past 18 months, we’ve introduced our integrated intelligent machine control concept.
“Allowing machines such as excavators and bulldozers to excavate, bulk out and trim in high-precision complex three dimensional designs.”
Mr Connolly said the intelligent machine-control system (iMC) is factory-integrated into select machines.
“This results in significant improvements in efficiency and productivity compared with conventional construction processes,” he said.
“Customers who’ve used this technology are seeing massive benefits from it.”
Mr Connolly said a newly rolled-out concept, SmartConstruction, had the potential to change the face of earthmoving.
The concept covers project development, site process, machine control and inter-connectivity, as well as the ability to review project progress, he said.
“Komatsu has integrated these technologies through the introduction of our drone-based survey and site management technology,” he said.
“We are unique in our ability to offer a complete suite of fully integrated, end-to-end range of cutting edge telematics-based products, services and solutions.