Grading Systems Give Excavator Operators A Helping Hand
Long gone are the days when the operator’s skill and experience were the only factors that decided on how good a grade an excavation job will achieve. Fast forward to 2017 and the reality of things is quite different. Over the years technology has been developed in both 2D and 3D options to help the operators take up seemingly difficult excavation jobs with tricky slopes and execute them with a grade that’s almost perfect. Lets take a look into how the new technology is changing how excavation jobs are executed and the improved end results that are made possible.
Various companies across the globe have been popping up in the last few years and have changed the way how hardware and software in a hydraulic machine interacts. Various companies have come up with 2D and 3D operation system that can help the operator get a better visual of the placement of the bucket, the required excavation grade and an overall better picture of the way things are happening on the ground with every move of the bucket. Sensors are placed to give the operator a virtual picture of the job at hand and its progress.
The new softwares come with both assisting and controlling options. When switched to an indicate mode of functioning the software gives only an indication of the relative positions of the variables in question and the details of the relative progress of the job at hand. The automatic control option on the other hand transfers all the control of the machine to the software and makes the whole process automated. Studies show that automated machines provide upto 25% more efficiency and time saving which can prove to be very beneficial to the company. Operators however are still reluctant to completely let go of control to a programmed software.
One rather unnoticed benefit of control systems is that it puts the operator in a position of complete control with regards to the quality and progress of the job instead of depending on the person on ground. Additionally having people on the ground while the machines are being operated at the site is unsafe. Corollary being that control systems make the job site much safer and more efficient as compared to those run exclusively by human operators without any software interference or control. While companies are favouring automated systems, operators are still skeptical of completely automated systems.
Internationally companies have tied up with the software manufacturers to install such control systems at delivery. Buyers that are two minds about opting for 2D or 3D control systems are given options of going with 2D systems and then upgrading it to the 3D ones if they feel the need for it. Additionally being given options of having indicator and compete control systems is supporting the cause of having operators putting in more faith in the systems. Additionally while the control systems require a delicate calibration they are robust and fortified to meed the harsh ground conditions.
Grading systems are yet to make their large scale debut in India and how the industry takes to these marvels is yet to be seen amongst other things.