iDig introduces a solar-powered automated excavator guidance system

By Jenny LescohierApril 06, 2022

iDig is a solar-powered, automated excavator guidance system designed to reduce fuel consumption by eliminating the need for manual grade-checking

iDig arms small construction and excavation businesses in the race to find sustainable solutions through what it claims is an affordable, transferable, solar-powered excavator guidance system.

Small companies and individual machine operators - an important and often overlooked demographic in sustainable development - now have at their disposal a new tool called iDig.

The solar-powered, automated excavator guidance system is designed to reduce fuel consumption by eliminating the need for manual grade-checking.

According to iDig, there’s no need for frequent starts and stops and the resulting heavy carbon footprint. While the concept of automated machine guidance isn’t new, what distinguishes iDig’s technology is its accessibility. The simple, lightweight piece of solar tech is the most affordable system of its kind, the company said, adding that it pays for itself within three to nine months.

iDig enables companies with smaller budgets to take part in the Green Tech Revolution. While most small businesses can’t afford the latest electric excavator or auto-driving machine, iDig offers a solution that reduces carbon emissions for independant machine owners around the world.

It’s also easily transferrable for multi-machine use, eliminating operators’ temptation to scrap useful machines and invest in the latest equipment. While most excavators will one day come factory-equipped with precision digging technology, iDig is for now helping machine owners work better with what they already have.

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