All Smart Machines/Automation/Robotics Articles

Trimble advances paver autonomy with steering and screed width control
Trimble Roadworks 2.10 automatically steers Vögele asphalt pavers and controls screed width to match the 3D design
John Deere upgrades GP motor graders with exclusive automation
Functions such as turning the grader around at the end of a pass or close control without using the inching pedal aim to make new or experienced more productive
Small Caterpillar dozer tech helps make smoother cuts and full blade loads with less track slip
Next Generation Cat D1, D2 and D3 get operator-assist technologies that make them more efficient at elemental dozer work, as well as remote-control capability
Trimble invests in robotic layout of civil engineering
Startup Civ Robotics’ CivDot robot uses Trimble’s GNSS positioning technology and surveying software to improve productivity and safety on infrastructure layout
VIDEO: HP’s got a robot that prints designs on sites much faster than hand layout
Skanska users say the speed and accuracy of HP’s Siteprint give layout experts more time for quality control
Komatsu Smart Construction Retrofit kits offer entry-level 3D guidance
Available on most Komatsu excavators, the low-cost guidance kit gives operators in the field and managers in the office access to 3D design and payload data 
Three contractors explain the why and how of machine control
CONEXPO-CON/AGG Tech Talks examine considerations involved in the decision to invest in machine control for construction fleets
Hilti upgrades Jaibot, its semi-autonomous drilling robot
The mobile unit can now align with digital plans and automatically adapt planned drill holes to pre-defined installation zones, among other improvements
Autonomy and robotics benefit construction workers
Experts say technology is bringing forth a second industrial revolution, but the effects won’t mean fewer jobs for people, just different ones
Why don’t more contractors adopt machine control?
The debate over the benefits of retrofit vs. factory-fit continues, contributing to the currently untapped potential of what this technology can bring to construction
Equipment operators at the heart of Cat’s evolving tech approach
Automation, connectivity and electrification are at the core of Cat’s technology initiatives, which emphasize simplifying operation for the people behind the controls
iDig introduces a solar-powered automated excavator guidance system
Smaller contractors now have an affordable, sustainable option for machine control that can be used on equipment they already have
Astec furthers automation for asphalt industry through acquistion of MINDS
The plant automation control system and cloud data management platform aims to make automation more accessible to the asphalt industry
Robotic lifts lend a helping hand when labor is scarce
JLG’s Rob Messina talks about the company’s development of remote-controlled and autonomous access equipment
Autonomous excavator system rivals human performance
University of Maryland research project aims to alleviate the skilled labor shortage as well as challenges to working in toxic environments with its robotic machines
The final frontier: NASA to fund Moon-based construction
The $6-million investment will help develop technology for the lunar space station
Leica partners with SANY to expand machine control adoption
The goal of the collaboration is to simplify adoption and support of machine control technology on excavators and motor graders
Honda tests autonomous work vehicle at Black & Veatch construction site
The fully electric Honda AWV towed and transported construction materials, water and other supplies at a large-scale solar energy construction project in New Mexico
2D vs. 3D machine control: Which is right for your construction business?
Case Live event lays out various machine control options and what to consider when weighing whether to invest in a solution for your fleet
John Deere adds 470G to SmartGrade excavator lineup
SmartGrade excavators offer four grade management options, including SmartGrade, SmartGrade-Ready with 2D, 3D Grade Guidance and 2D Grade Guidance
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