Leica Geosystems Introduces Fifth-Generation 3D Machine Automation System for Graders and Dozers

Leica Geosystems today announced the introduction of GradeStar V5.0, a fifth-generation 3D grader and dozer automation system for the construction industry.

GradeStar V5.0 incorporates advances in hardware and software, providing a versatile easy-to-use machine automation system on a reliable ruggedized hardware platform. 

The new GradeStar V5.0 software is based on the industry standard Controller Area Network (CAN) interface and utilizes the WinXP operating system.  It features a new consolidated sensor module, the GSM5, which is designed to be a central communications point between positioning sensors and the GradeStar interface.  The GSM5 can be configured with an internal GPS module for space savings and ease of installation.  The component design facilitates removal for exchange between machines.

GradeStar V5.0 can work with Leica’s total stations and GPS positioning sensors, for maximum flexibility and unmatched grade accuracy.  The system has full forward and backward compatibility with Leica’s existing 2D and 3D machine automation products, including the GS496, ProControl, SonicMaster and MC1200, offering an easy upgrade path to the new state-of-the-art technology.

“The GradeStar V5.0 3D control provides more cost-effective machine use and savings in costs and time with higher grading accuracy on different terrain for all work sites, from bulk earth moving to fine grading,” said Bob Flynn, machine automation product marketing manager at Leica Geosystems.  “It is an easy-to-use system that allows operators to be more aware of their surroundings due to the real-time blade control, allowing grading to be on line at the correct elevation.”

GradeStar is designed as a simple tool for machine operators and site managers.  Leica’s Site Manager software, together with GradeStar’s system simulator streamlines projects by allowing the user to view, check and analyze the jobsite before starting the grading operation.  System indicators can be activated and sensors switched with one touch of a button, while a live moving map guides cutting and filling operations.  A universal control panel reduces operator training when moving from machine to machine.

“It has been shown that systems pay for themselves often on the first project,” Flynn said.

GradeStar V5.0 retains all of the popular user features from earlier versions of GradeStar, including a mast tilt compensator which allows the operator to tilt the blade forward and backward on the grader.  Automatic side shift is also a feature that controls the blade in and out automatically to maintain a break line edge.

“The new version of GradeStar builds on Leica Geosystems’ 30 years experience in developing, testing and fielding advanced machine control and automation products for a wide range of jobsite applications,” said Flynn.

About Leica Geosystems
With close to 200 years of pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information.  Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information in 3D.  Those who use Leica products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support.  Based in Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 2,300 employees in 21 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world.  Leica Geosystems is a publicly listed company, registered with the Swiss Stock Exchange (SWX).

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