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Trimble technology improves slipform paving operations


February 5, 2013
By Aggregates and Roadbuilding

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February 5, 2013, Las Vegas, Nev. — Trimble announced a
new configuration of the Trimble® PCS900 Paving Control System to improve
paving operations for slipform pavers. Leveraging Trimble total stations,
on-machine positioning sensors and office software, the new 3D control system
allows contractors to pave an accurate concrete road or surface while
eliminating stringline and minimizing material waste.

February 5, 2013, Las Vegas, Nev. — Trimble announced a
new configuration of the Trimble® PCS900 Paving Control System to improve
paving operations for slipform pavers. Leveraging Trimble total stations,
on-machine positioning sensors and office software, the new 3D control system
allows contractors to pave an accurate concrete road or surface while
eliminating stringline and minimizing material waste.

 

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3D Control
Eliminates Stringline and Material Waste

 

Trimble PCS900 Paving Control System for Slipform Pavers
is an automatic 3D control system that gives paver operators better control.
The paver operator loads a 3D road or surface design onto the machine display
and PCS900 uses automatic steering and grade control to keep the slipform paver
on design. The result is a more accurate and consistent concrete surface with
better rideability results that can meet today’s smoothness specifications and
increase the contractor’s smoothness bonus.

 

3D control of the slipform paver eliminates the time and
cost of setting out stringline, allowing concrete paving operations to start
sooner. During the paving process, haul trucks can drive material directly to
the paver without negotiating stringlines. This can lead to increased safety,
early project completion, shorter traffic closures and on-time bonuses. With an
accurate 3D design model and precise control of the paver, the paving
contractor can complete the project with a better material yield and minimal
material wastage.

 

Integrated Paving
Solutions from Trimble

 

Integrated paving solutions from Trimble lead to a more
efficient job site where the risk of wasting expensive and unforgiving concrete
material is reduced. When coupled with the TrimFleet™ TrimView™ system to track
ready mix concrete delivery trucks, Trimble Paving Solutions offer a complete
start to finish workflow leveraging Trimble technology from order fulfillment
at the batch plant to final placement by the paver.

 

Paving contractors can leverage key Trimble equipment for
concrete paving projects — allowing both new and existing users to realize a
higher and more rapid return on their investment in Trimble technology. With
expansion of the 3D machine control mix to include concrete pavers, contractors
can now reuse their Business Center – HCE office software, Trimble SPS Series
Universal Total Stations and Trimble on-machine components for slipform paving
operations.

 

Availability

 

The Trimble PCS900 Paving Control System for Slipform
Pavers can be mounted on new or used concrete pavers, including those from
GOMACO and Guntert & Zimmerman. It is expected to be available through
Trimble’s SITECH® technology dealer network in North America in the second
quarter of 2013.