Komatsu debuts intelligent machine control excavator

The PC210LCi-11 is designed to increase jobsite efficiency. (Photo: Komastu)
Komatsu America Corp. has launched the PC210LCi-11 intelligent machine control hydraulic excavator.
This second-generation PC210LCi leverages the proven track record and success of the pioneering PC210LCi-10, while adding machine-control joystick functionality.
The technology offers up to a 63 percent improvement in excavating efficiency over a standard PC210LC-11 and traditional stake-plus-grade-checker methods, the company said.
The extra efficiency can save time and money by  minimizing the need and expense of grading dozers and grade checkers. It also minimizes the costs associated with over-excavating, including extra materials, fuel and time. It saves time wasted waiting on grade checkers and over-excavation to finish jobs and potentially collect on-time or finish-early project bonuses.
Key features of intelligent machine control technology include:

Full 3D GNSS Capabilities: Not limited like 2D only systems, the PC210LCi-11 features full 3D capabilities, allowing it to dig to grade everywhere on the jobsite a 3D GNSS dozer can.
Work Equipment Automation: GNSS technology tied into machine hydraulics to allow actual automation of work equipment functions — not just the indication/manual-only operation typical of aftermarket offerings.
Machine Control Function Enabled Joysticks: Frequently used machine control functions are now located on the operator’s control lever for increased convenience and comfort.
Stroke Sensing Hydraulic Cylinders: No delay position readout with our proven, robust technology, validated in thousands of machines worldwide.
Intelligent Guidance: Advanced features such as facing angle compass and minimum distance bucket control are delivered in a simple and intuitive manner, with a class-leading 12.1” touchscreen display.
Factory Integrated:  Intelligent Machine Control technology factory installed, integrated into the base machine, and validated to the Komatsu quality standards.

“The excavator is productive and precise enough to be a fixture on jobsites from basement and foundation pads to utility work,” said Sebastian Witkowski, product marketing manager for Komatsu America.

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