Easy to Operate
Leica machine control systems are designed for accuracy and ease of operation. Screens and controls are designed to be intuitive for operators to learn and operate. Entry level guidance system use simple audio/visual cues for the operator to adjust the machine to the desired grade. More advanced 2D and 3D systems provide complete blade control on dozers, graders, box blades/scrapers, etc. allowing the operator to concentrate on driving the machine while the Leica machine control system achieves the desired grade. The technology is easy to learn and easy to use. Once an operator is trained, operating a machine equipped with Leica machine control is far less fatiguing than operating similar equipment without guidance. Additionally, while it may take operators months if not years to become truly skilled at operating a dozer, grader or other earth-moving equipment, even a relatively unskilled operator is capable of producing sub-inch grade accuracy and high productivity when provided with equipment that is equipped with Leica machine control.
Easy to Upgrade
Leica designed their machine control systems to allow contractors to start out at the level of control and automation that fits their budget and needs. Entry level systems utilize a laser base station and a sensor/mast in addition to a control panel in the cab to provide audio/visual cues to the operator to control the machine to the desired grade or depth. From there, components can be added to the existing system to allow for complete automated grade control based on a predetermined site map that’s loaded into the control panel. The original investment in hardware and components is still used as the system is upgraded.