Leica Geosystems, SVAB Integrate Machine Control Solutions with Tool Recognition for Excavators, Wheel Loaders

Increasing efficiency of machine control by removing the need for manual settings

Tool Recognition

Leica Geosystems and SVAB announced today they are releasing a new productivity tool for iXE3 and iGW3 machine control solutions based on SVAB’s Quantum Tool Recognition system.

(Heerbrugg, Switzerland, 7 February 2019) Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, and SVAB, a leading developer of ergonomic and user-friendly control systems for industrial vehicles and equipment, announced today they are releasing a new productivity tool for iXE3 and iGW3 machine control solutions based on SVAB’s Quantum Tool Recognition system.

Tool Recognition is a wireless system that automatically detects the work tool that is used on a construction equipment machine via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). The system can automatically identify which work tools are connected to the machine.

“Some operators change bucket several times a day; with the Tool Recognition configuration, the risk of human error is eliminated. The integration with the machine control solution means the operator only needs to focus on one panel,” explains Marcus Grevelshøj, product manager for excavator and wheel loader solutions at Leica Geosystems.

Increasing operational efficiency
The machine operator no longer needs to manually change settings in the Leica Geosystems machine control solution when changing work tools with this system; this is now an automated process. The driver will also get a warning if a work tool without a tool recognition module is selected. This minimises the risk of using the wrong bucket and the subsequent over or under digging and costly rework. Besides directly supporting the attached tools, the tool recognition system also supports standard tilt buckets and detachable tilt rotators.

“The Tool Recognition system sets a new standard that takes advantage of the information on which work tool is connected to the machine. We are very proud to announce that Leica Geosystems now is compatible with the system,” says Fredrik Eriksson, CEO of SVAB.

About SVAB Hydraulik AB (SVAB)
SVAB develops products and efficiency functions for excavators consisting of control, communication, joysticks, sensors and actuators. Product development takes place both through own innovative development and in close cooperation with the customer. The customers are manufacturers and distributors of excavators and equipment. Since 2002, SVAB has delivered over 50,000 systems for tiltrotator control and is the clear market leader in this area. SVAB is quality and environmentally certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. SVAB Hydraulik AB operates in Hallsberg – Sweden. Read more about the company at www.svab.se/en

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right
Revolutionising the world of measurement and survey for nearly 200 years, Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, creates complete solutions for professionals across the planet. Known for premium products and innovative solution development, professionals in a diverse mix of industries, such as aerospace and defence, safety and security, construction, and manufacturing, trust Leica Geosystems for all their geospatial needs. With precise and accurate instruments, sophisticated software, and trusted services, Leica Geosystems delivers value every day to those shaping the future of our world. Hexagon is a global leader in digital solutions that create Autonomous Connected Ecosystems (ACE). Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.5bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB.