3D machine control for backhoe loaders
By Andy Brown12 April 2021
Danish-based developer Unicontrol has launched a 3D machine control system for backhoe loaders.
Working with Swedish machine manufacturer, Huddig, the companies say that they have developed a user-friendly control system for machine operators that widens the scope of backhoe operations and can lead to increased profits.
The companies say that Backhoes can be underutilised as there has not been a 3D control system that covered all their many functions, as their patent pending solution does.
Bengt Thisner is a backhoe operator with PEAB, a Nordic contractor that employs 15,000 people. He has tested the new Unicontrol solution in his Huddig machine. “I had Unicontrol 3D installed in my backhoe in January 2021. It’s turned out to be an excellent solution and I’m really pleased with it. The technical functions are helpful and stable, and it’s easy to use. All in all, it’s a solid, reliable aid to my backhoe work,” he said.
The new system means that PEAB no longer has to use surveyors and labourers to mark the site out manually.
Unicontrol has previously developed 3D machine control for excavators. The company has a network of 21 dealers supplying local service and support throughout Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. The company is expanding operations from Scandinavia into the rest of Europe.
Huddig delivers approximately 160 advanced backhoe loaders yearly to the building and construction industry in Europe and the US, and the machines are now available with the option of Unicontrol 3D machine control.
“When all machines on a construction project can work on the basis of digital coordinates, a few clicks is all it takes for the foreman to send instructions and data to all the machine operators on site,” said Daniel Myrgren, marketing manager at Huddig.
“As well as improving efficiency on the construction site, this assures a high level of quality and precision in the actual excavation work, and in the associated documentation.”
The Unicontrol 3D system has been developed on the basis of user involvement and process analyses of the workflow that applies in the construction industry. The solution is suitable for machines with a derrick, swivel arm and bucket that are fitted with sensors.
For its next project, Unicontrol is working on developing a consolidated system for backhoe loaders that makes it possible to control both the front loader and the excavator arm.