Komatsu introduces intelligent digging technology

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Komatsu is launching a new hydraulic excavator equipped with intelligent digging technology.

The PC210LCi?11 includes a control function that gives the operator peace of mind regarding the risk of digging too deep or damaging the target surface – the bucket is automatically limited and thus prevented from digging further than required, and the control function maintains grade automatically, with real?time bucket edge positioning in relation to the machine and the job surface. Status is instantly displayed on the color, multi?function, 12.1in control box monitor in the operator’s cab.  

The machine control system also includes stroke-sensing hydraulic cylinders for the boom, arm and bucket, newly developed by Komatsu for precise real-time bucket edge positioning. The inertial measuring unit gives precise machine orientation and determines machine angle from gyro and accelerometer data. High performance antennae send satellite signals to a GNSS receiver that processes them and provides real-time position of the machine. 

The PC210LCi?11 has an operating weight range of between 22.120kg and 23.580kg, depending on the configuration. Equipped with a Stage IV Komatsu SAA6D107E-3 engine, the machine has a power output of 123kW at 2,000rpm.

Mal McCoy, product manager at Komatsu Europe, said, “The LCi?10 excavator has already proved to be a ‘game changer’ in how job sites are managed, with efficiency and productivity increased and resource costs lowered.

“The new PC210LCi?11 now raises the bar even higher, thanks to improved performance and the addition of the Auto Tilt Bucket. It’s the only hydraulic excavator currently on the market capable of semi?auto operation.”

June 16, 2017

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