Trimble has announced that the latest version of its Trimble GCS900 grade control system now supports trimmer machines often used in new road construction projects.

Trimble reinforces its dedication to meet the contractor’s needs for productivity technology across numerous development projects and all phases of the construction life cycle by expanding the GCS900 grade control system heavy equipment machine mix to include trimmers.

By leveraging the same core software and hardware components across 3D machine configurations, Trimble has also made machine control solutions cost-effective and easy-to-use across the entire fleet of heavy equipment.

Highway contractors can use key Trimble machine control components for more applications and on more machines, enabling new and existing users to realise a rapid and high return on their investment in technology.

The new configuration for trimmers also enables contractors to employ total station-based machine control technology across their fleet. The Trimble SPS Series Universal Total Station is ideal for high accuracy work or for operating in areas with limited or no GPS coverage. Using GCS900 grade control system, contractors can now port their machine control system components between excavators, dozers, graders, paving, soil compactors, trimmers, and milling machines.

For new road projects, Trimble GCS900 grade control system now offers improved efficiency on subsurface grading using trimmer machines. Trimmer machines are often used in place of motor graders to perform bulk earthworks and fine grading of surface material in preparation for compaction and paving of new surface concrete or asphalt roads.

Using Trimble GCS900 grade control system on a trimmer, a heavy and highway contractor can benefit from significant material savings and increased new road smoothness. The contractor can automatically control the drum cutting depth to design grade, meaning that they are less likely to overcut existing surface and less likely to require additional costly asphalt or concrete material in the re-paving process.
Automatic control of the cutting implement and auto-guidance of the machine to a road alignment can also help to improve operator experience, reduce operator fatigue over long runs, and can significantly increase the graded surface quality.

Controlling the cutting depth can also help to reduce the number of passes required of the trimmer, the need for additional grading or re-trimming work, and wear on the trimmer machine and blade. More efficient use of the trimmer enables the machine to be relocated to the next site quicker, saving time and reducing cost.

Trimble GCS900 grade control system for trimmer machines is available now through Trimble’s worldwide Heavy and Highway Construction Distribution Channel.

Trimble is represented in Australia by Trimble Australia