GPS Use In Excavators: What’s it all about?
We’ve seen amazing technological advancements in a number of areas across the construction industry over the last decade. These advancements usually help us save time and money on the worksite and offer us better certainty. That’s true at least for the introduction of GPS technology being used in excavators.
GPS technology is being used in excavators to save time and money on-site
GPS technology gives your operator better control and better certainty over where they’re placing blades and edges as they dig. This increased confidence and better accuracy streamlines the digging process, making it quicker to dig to the exact measurements.
GPS technology in our excavators allows us to get within a millimetre’s accuracy, so we can grade accurately while taking fewer passes at the earth or soil.
There are so many different benefits to using this technology but they all tie into time savings and cost savings. Whether it means hiring an operator for less time, using less fuel, or just getting the job completed faster.
How does it work?
There are a couple of different ways to configure GPS technology in your excavator. Most excavators these days are using GPS-based grade control systems. These provide the operator with a detailed look at the positioning and orientation of the excavator’s bucket.
Then, the site plan can be integrated into the GPS’ mapping, so the operator can see where their bucket is in relation to the site plan’s, all at a glance. These usually come with in-cab displays that simplify the task at hand to streamline how the operator digs.
As well as the GPS mapping and the positioning of the bucket, these GPS excavators come with built-in sensors as well.
Bucket sensors, boom sensors and touchscreen controls make completing precise digs really simple in these excavators.
Are these industry standard now?
Excavators fit out with GPS technology have been around for about a decade now. They’re a fairly popular option in the construction industry and are highly regarded for the quality of work they produce.
While these GPS excavators are standard in big construction projects like commercial infrastructure and industrial projects, GPS technology is rarely used in smaller backyard jobs and residential projects.
What are the benefits of GPS use in excavators?
There are a range of benefits associated with GPS excavators. These mostly translate to time and cost savings, but if you value precision and accuracy on-site, you’ll appreciate this technology.