Over the course of Fieldays 2021 some of the latest innovations in next generation construction technology was on show. Synergy had plenty of product demos to elevate awareness around these new and exciting solutions in New Zealand.
The positive atmosphere around the live demonstrations was encouraging, and showed that Kiwis are curious to learn more about the latest technology that can maximise efficiency in construction and agriculture.
Topcon’s X-53x with the LN-150 Robotic Total Station
The latest generation X-53x excavator system on display connected to the Yanmar SV100, and focused on demonstrating the capabilities of the new LN-150 self-levelling robotic total station by Topcon.
The beauty of the LN-150 is that it doesn’t rely on satellite tracking or base stations. Instead, it uses optical angles and distancing to measure the prism on top of the cab of the excavator, in combination with IMU sensors within the excavator system, which gives the machine it’s heading and position down to the bucket.
This opens up the possibilities in regard to the location of your site, where access to satellites and sky view might be obstructed – working under a building, or a thick bush canopy, for instance.
And there was Topcon’s additional pre-release of the slew sensor, which allows you to slew an offset boom excavator more accurately, giving the bucket position left and right. This development has been highly anticipated by the market.
On that note, Synergy says a huge thank you to their friends at TransDiesel who supplied them with both the Yanmar excavator, and the Volvo 145 to show off the Steelwrist Tiltrotator. The interactive displays wouldn’t be possible without their help.
The Steelwrist Tiltrotator
Another show-stopper Synergy had on display was the Steelwrist Tiltrotator. With this amazing piece of technology, they could show the audience some of the latest possibilities in earthmoving efficiency. The crowd was amazed by the angles that could be achieved, and the smooth operation of the system.
Synergy also demonstrated a number of attachments, including a sweeper, bucket, grapple and pallet fork, which only scratches the surface of what Steelwrist has available. Using different attachments is also incredibly simple, with the machine doing most of the work for you – as you can see in the video below.
It wasn’t surprising that the Steelwrist display brought in a big audience of eager viewers, considering what it’s capable of, and how mesmerising it can be to watch. It was awesome to hear how excited people were to see this innovative piece of technology, and how it opened their minds up to what was becoming possible in construction.
The MC-X Machine Control System
Also on display was the brand new SharpGradeR skid steer attachment, fitted to the John Deere 333g Compact Track Loader, kindly provided by AgrowQuip.
This was connected to Topcon’s MC-X machine control system – the latest release for Dozers, with the Grader system only a few months away.
The Next-Gen MC-X system uses multi-constellation GNSS to offer the latest technology and the best performance using the new GR-i3 GNSS receivers. The system is interchangeable between machines, meaning you could move the control screen as well as the GNSS receivers from your excavator to your dozer, considerably lowering the cost of investment.
Topcon’s MX-C machine control uses a new mastless dozer system with new IMU sensors and the up to date Version 15 of 3DMC machine control software, enabling smooth operation and increasing operator visibility. The modular platform also lets you update the system as new and improved options are available, allowing you to stay on top of the latest updates to the technology.