Grade with increased accuracy.
Grade Control Systems
Caterpillar is revolutionizing the way to move material with new technology solutions for earthmoving machines - solutions that provide greater accuracy, higher productivity, lower operating costs and greater profits. The AccuGrade System is designed and integrated into the machine and hydraulic systems to create an automated blade control system that allows operators to grade with increased accuracy. The system uses machine-mounted sensors to calculate precise blade slope and elevation information.
AccuGrade Laser uses a laser transmitter and receiver for precise grade control. A laser transmitter on the worksite creates a constant grade reference over the work area. A digital laser receiver mounted on the machine captures the laser signal. The system calculates the blade adjustments necessary to achieve grade, makes automatic elevation adjustments typically performed by the operator and provides automatic blade control. The operator simply steers the machine. Automated blade control lets you achieve grade faster and in fewer passes, reducing the need for traditional survey stakes or grade checkers. The system also calculates cut/fill requirements for manual blade control. Work is completed faster, more accurately and with less manpower. AccuGrade Laser is well suited for flat work such as concrete pads and driveways.
AccuGrade GPS computes the machine positioning information and compares the position of the blade relative to the design plan. Information is provided to the operator via an in-cab display showing blade elevation, necessary cut/fill to achieve grade, blade position on the design surface and a graphical view of the design plan with machine location. AccuGrade GPS puts all the information the operator needs to complete the job in the cab for a greater level of control. Vertical and horizontal guidance tools visually guide the operator to the desired grade. Automated features allow the hydraulic system to automatically control blade adjustments to move the blade to grade. The operator simply uses the light bars to guide the machine for consistent, accurate grades and slopes, increasing productivity with less fatigue. AccuGrade GPS is best used for cut and contour jobs.
Caterpillar is the first to integrate this system and its monitor into the machine’s dash for easy viewing during operation. The AccuGrade monitor is conveniently located, allowing the operator to view system information while keeping a straight line of sight to the blade corners.