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Hitachi join forces with Topcon

Hitachi and Topcon

New partnership created to provide innovative automated machine control for Hitachi excavators

HITACHI Construction Machinery UK (HCMUK) have announced a new partnership with Topcon Positioning GB to provide automated machine control technology.

The partnership will see HCMUK install the Topcon X53-x automated machine control system on their range of excavators, giving customers access to sophisticated technology that allows for a more efficient workflow by minimizing the risk of over-digging while improving productivity and helping to save time, money and materials.

The Topcon X53-x uses some of the same components as Topcon’s original machine control system, but has been designed and developed with the addition of hydraulic, automated control. The system provides automated depth control, which means digging in a design, flat, stepped or sloped application can be done precisely, even by a novice operator.

David Roberts, chief executive of HCMUK, commented: ‘Our customers are increasingly looking for enhanced productivity and efficiency in their excavators and, with connected technology such as ConSite, Hitachi have been proactive in providing solutions for some time now.

‘By entering into this partnership with Topcon, we are taking our intelligent machine offering to the next level, allowing our customers to choose from a base kit to future-proof their fleets, through to full automation as seen on the ZX225US-6.

‘As well as the many benefits that this technology provides, our customers have the added peace of mind that it is installed by Hitachi-trained technicians at our state-of-the-art preparation centre in Newcastle – supplied as a complete package, ready to go to work upon delivery.’

Dave Bennett, managing director at Topcon Positioning GB, said: ‘The demand for intelligent machine control systems is continuing to grow across the UK and, at Topcon, we’re committed to always being one step ahead to ensure construction professionals have access to the best-possible equipment – which is why it’s great to work with a company like Hitachi.

‘The innovative X53-x is improving efficiency and accuracy for machine operators across Europe, and we’re looking forward to seeing how it can improve workflows for Hitachi’s customers.’

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