Trimble announced the launch of its family of next generation Grade Control Systems. The Trimble GCS family of grade control systems provides upgrade options that deliver earthmoving contractors with the flexibility to select a system that meets their daily needs. For example, a single control system such as the GCS300 can provide for low-cost entry into grade control, and over time can be upgraded to the GCS400 dual sensor system, or to the full 3D GCS900 Grade Control System.
The GCS family uses the industry standard Controller Area Network (CAN) as the “backbone” of the system to connect laser receivers, sonics, or GPS sensors and the control box to the machine hydraulics. The CAN environment provides for “plug-and-play” flexibility allowing the system to be upgraded from single sensor control to a full 3D solution.
The new Trimble GCS300, GCS500, GCS600 and GCS900 Grade Control Systems are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2005 through Trimble’s Construction dealer network.