Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, and Doosan, a global industry leader in the engineering, manufacturing and marketing of compact and heavy construction equipment, announced the release of a Leica-ready factory kit for the Doosan DX255LC-5 crawler excavator with the new semi-automated excavator functionality.
To meet the increasing demand for machine guidance systems from excavator customers, Doosan is introducing a new ready kit for the Leica iXE2 2D and iXE3 3D excavator machine control solution, which enables tilt bucket or tilt rotator automation for the 25.5-tonne DX255LC-5.
Thanks to the collaboration between the two companies, the factory kit enables customers to order Doosan's wheeled and crawler excavators pre-configured to be ready for the installation of Leica 2D and 3D machine control systems. Also, the kit includes all the components needed to install the new semi-automatic functionality for the DX255LC-5 excavator directly from the factory through Doosan Smart Solutions.
"Under our motto of 'Powered by Innovation', Doosan is keen on expanding our smart solution offerings. I am glad that our close partnership with Leica Geosystems, a leading innovator in smart construction, resulted in the new ready kit for the Leica 2D and 3D machine control systems, which surely will help our customers achieve better productivity and job efficiency," said Charlie Hyunchul Park, Doosan Europe CEO.
The kits include all the components (main brackets, wires and sensors) required to make sure equipment is ready for the installation of the machine control solution and the semi-auto functionality, which gives customers the flexibility to install the complete system at a later date.
The Leica-ready kit is fitted on customer machines in the Doosan Customization Centre in Belgium. As a result, lead times on machines can be reduced and the process also lowers workload. It is also possible to modify existing orders up to just a few days before the machines are shipped to the customer.
Machine guidance systems give operators easy access to design surfaces, grades and alignments on a display inside the excavator cab. The systems use GNSS, GPS, laser, sonic or total station technology to accurately position the blade or bucket in real time, which is designed to significantly reduce material overages and improve the contractor's productivity and efficiency.
The site plan and grade information can be displayed in the cab, allowing operators to complete jobs faster with minimal supervision, obtaining higher precision finishing with a reduced number of passes.
"The automation journey into several areas in earthmoving equipment has been an active area of research and development over the past three decades in the industry,” said Magnus Thibblin, Leica Geosystems Machine Control President. “Starting with the world's first stringless paving solution, to 3D GNSS automatic dozer solutions, Leica Geosystems has been driving the change in the heavy construction industry.
“Today, we can offer semi-automatic systems for excavators, including tilt and tilt rotator bucket automation, Automatic Tool Recognition and CoPilot functions to help operators working with less fatigue and in higher comfort,” he continued. “The new semi-automatic functionality for excavators enables the operator to execute complex tasks, reduce manual controls, increase productivity, speed and accuracy of the work, even for less experienced operators, resulting in less over digging and reduced operational costs.”