New Factory-Fitted Machine Control Solutions Launched

JCB and Leica Geosystems are joining forces to offer factory-fitted 2D and 3D-ready semi-automated excavator control solutions.

(Heerbrugg, Switzerland, 20 March 2024) JCB and Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, today announced that they are joining forces to offer factory-fitted 2D and 3D-ready semi-automated excavator control solutions.

From March 2024, the solutions - known as INTELLIGRADE - will be available initially on the JCB 220X tracked excavator in the United Kingdom before being offered across the whole JCB X Series range in additional regions.

Leica Geosystems 2D and 3D-ready machine control solutions are available with semi-auto configuration to enhance productivity, accuracy, and safety by automating functions such as boom, bucket and tilt rotator control, and to reduce human error in construction operations.

Working to predetermined site plans, the 2D machine control system provides real-time guidance and accuracy for tasks such as grading and levelling, ensuring the excavator's bucket or blade achieves the desired slope or elevation. This solution is ideal for projects that involve simple terrain or require basic grading.

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Customers looking for even greater accuracy, more precision and additional semi-auto functionality on earthmoving applications can choose the 3D-ready option to retain the flexibility of upgrading to 3D in the future. To upgrade the factory solution to a 3D version, customers can contact their local Leica Geosystems sales office or dealer, who will support with calibration and installation at the JCB dealership or at the customer’s premises.

JCB Business Head – Excavators, Paul Swallow said: “We are committed to innovation with our X Series range and this introduction will mean new levels of efficiency and reduced operating costs. In addition, it gives operators greater levels of accuracy when using X Series machines, delivering consistently high standards on construction sites. It also reduces the need for additional surveyors on site, leading to enhanced levels of safety.

“Leica Geosystems is a leader in the field of 2D and 3D machine control and by integrating these products at the factory, it ensures they are perfectly set up and available to use from the outset. Customers can achieve all the benefits of semi-auto machine control without the disruption or complexity of retro-fitting in the field.”

Vice President Heavy Construction, Machine Control Field Solutions at Leica Geosystems, Tommi Kauppinen said: “By leveraging our respective strengths and expertise, we aim to create a seamless integration of easy-to-use machine control technology into JCB's excavators, empowering customers to work more efficiently and safer, and to achieve optimal results.”

For more information about the factory fit solution, visit: https://leica-geosystems.com/about-us/partners/jcb

Contact:
JCB

Nigel Chell,
JCB Press Office
Tel: 01889 593592
E-mail: nigel.chell@jcb.com
www.jcb.com

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right
With more than 200 years of history, Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, is the trusted supplier of premium sensors, software and services. Delivering value every day to professionals in surveying, construction, infrastructure, mining, mapping and other geospatial content-dependent industries, Leica Geosystems leads the industry with innovative solutions to empower our autonomous future.

Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications.

Our technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous — ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.

Hexagon’s Geosystems division provides a comprehensive portfolio of digital solutions that capture, measure, and visualise the physical world and enable data-driven transformation across industry ecosystems.

Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 24,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 5.2bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB.

Contact:
Leica Geosystems AG
part of Hexagon
Reka Vasszi
E-Mail: reka.vasszi@hexagon.com
leica-geosystems.com

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