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Volvo makes excavators semi-autonomous with Active Control, cutting grading time 45 per cent

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April 2, 2020 by On-Site Staff


A new technology from Volvo Construction Equipment automates excavator boom and bucket movements and slashes grading times nearly in half.

The manufacturer released Volvo Active Control in North America this March for its EC220E, EC250E and EC300E crawler excavators.

“Volvo Active Control is a simple system that will benefit novice and experienced operators alike by making it faster for them to create the perfect grade,” said Matthew McLean, product manager for excavators at Volvo CE, in a release.

The new system uses the company’s Dig Assist application and enables the excavator to automatically adjust the boom and bucket movements to make precise cuts along the programmed path.

“The speed and precision of Volvo Active Control cuts grading time by almost half compared to conventional grading,” the company says. “And, there is no need for rework because the system gets it right the first time, with accuracy within one inch of target grade. Safety is also improved because a second person is not needed to take depth or grade checks.”

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