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Topcon’s P-32 asphalt paving system built for easier 2D control


February 5, 2013
By Aggregates and Roadbuilding

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p_32topconFebruary
5, 2013, Livermore, Calif. – Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) introduces the
new P-32 asphalt paving control system featuring the new GC-35 full-color,
graphical display control box. The new system also includes Topcon’s Sonic
Tracker®, slope sensor and is fully compatible with its Smoothtrac® sonic
averaging system.

p_32topconFebruary
5, 2013, Livermore, Calif. – Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) introduces the
new P-32 asphalt paving control system featuring the new GC-35 full-color,
graphical display control box. The new system also includes Topcon’s Sonic
Tracker®, slope sensor and is fully compatible with its Smoothtrac® sonic
averaging system.

 

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The P-32
system is designed to allow for control of both sides of the paver by one
operator. “The operator can view elevation and slope values of the screed from
a single box, a time-saving feature made possible by refining existing,
time-tested machine control technologies from Topcon and combining them with
the new GC-35 control box,” said Tony Vanneman, TPS construction product
marketing manager.

 

The GC-35
box has a 3.5-inch, full-color LED display designed for use in bright or low
light, making it easy to read during paving projects, day or night.

 

“With
large graphics and text, an easy-to-navigate menu, a configurable display
layout and an incredibly fast processor, the operator can quickly determine
options and make selections to create smooth and accurate cross-slope
transitions and improve overall paving control,” Vanneman said.

 

Water-
and dustproof with an IP67 rating, the new GC-35 box is built to handle harsh
conditions encountered in the field. In addition to its durability, it’s
designed to stay up-to-date with firmware updates made quickly and easily
through a USB connection. It is also backward compatible to Topcon System 5
paving control systems.

 

“All
aspects of the P-32 design are meant to be long-lasting with improved
performance for the operator such as the positioning of the cables – mounted on
the side of the box instead of below the box to keep the cables out of the
moving parts of the paver,” Vanneman said. “With its overall operator interface
and its rugged exterior, the system is built job site-ready for the toughest
challenges of asphalt paving.”