Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24who has been a dozer operator for a few years, and with the iMC technology he can perform almost as well as an operator who has been doing it for 20 years. The technology definitely makes them a better operator. Someone who has been doing it for 20 years can visualize what he is building, even without grade stakes. He can tell which way the site needs to drain, etc.” A D61i performs those tasks for the operator. Older, seasoned operators have also embraced the Komatsu technology, Smith added. “With the Komatsu machines they know where they are and where the grade is at all times, which is something all operators want to know.” SiteWORX recently took delivery of the PC490i and “we are already seeing great benefits from it,” Smith said. “We do most of our mass excavation with an excavator loading off-road trucks, and that was one area lacking in grade-control technology. When an excavator is sitting on a 2-foot or 20-foot cut, the operator wants to know where the grade is. Aftermarket systems help, but you still have the hardware you have to bolt on and off, and the systems are kind of glitchy. On Komatsu’s iMC excavator, all the components are integrated into the machine and the operator knows if he’s right on grade as he loads trucks.” In excavation, the biggest problem has always been overcutting or undercutting, he noted. “The PC490i will not let you go below the proposed grade, and it aids the operator in being on grade for those final passes where we have struggled. It doesn’t slow productivity; the operator runs the machine exactly as he would before.” Just as the D61i dozers have eliminated the need for someone to place stakes, the PC490i is eliminating the need for a grade-checker, and there’s no need to fill in spots that were cut below grade or scrape away material that was missed. Reduced work and reduced need for support staff are two of the ways iMC equipment helps increase efficiency, he said. When Smith demoed a Komatsu D61i to see the integrated machine control, he wasn’t expecting to be impressed by the dozer itself, but “everyone at the demo loved the D61i. It was best in class for sure, even aside from the GPS functionality. The way it is designed and constructed is completely different from the competition, all in good ways. The visibility is phe- 6 SiteWORX was also the first contractor in the United States to purchase, and put to work, Komatsu’s new PC490LCi-11 excavator. SiteWORX has been an early adopter of iMC technology and is reaping the benefits. Its recent acquisition of a Komatsu D61EXi was its fourth Machine Control dozer. Operator Bob Valentine is seen here putting the grade seeker to work. “The PC490i will not let you go below the proposed grade, and it aids the operator in being on grade for those final passes where we have struggled.” Matt Smith; Co-Owner and President, SiteWORX