Smart Machines, Automation & Robotics
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
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Are You Prepared for the Infrastructure Investment Bill?
As a result of the Infrastructure Investment Bill, the construction industry is expected to see an increase in spending with more projects and job opportunities. With an increase in work, there’s a need for construction firms to find tools that can help create efficiencies in the payment and invoicing processes as well as improve subcontractor and supplier relationships. 
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
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