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Trimble PCS900 Paving Control System to Improve Slipform Paving Operations

Trimble announced today a new configuration of the Trimble® PCS900 Paving Control System to improve paving operations for slipform pavers. Leveraging industry-leading Trimble total stations, on-machine positioning sensors and office software, the new 3D control system allows contractors to pave an accurate concrete road or surface while eliminating stringline and minimizing material waste.

The announcement was made today at World of Concrete 2013, the industry's annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. The new system is being displayed in the GOMACO booth (C5144).

3D Control Eliminates Stringline and Material Waste
Trimble PCS900 Paving Control System for Slipform Pavers is an automatic 3D control system that gives paver operators better control. The paver operator loads a 3D road or surface design onto the machine display and PCS900 uses automatic steering and grade control to keep the slipform paver on design. The result is a more accurate and consistent concrete surface with better rideability results that can meet today's smoothness specifications and increase the contractor's smoothness bonus.

3D control of the slipform paver eliminates the time and cost of setting out stringline, allowing concrete paving operations to start sooner. During the paving process, haul trucks can drive material directly to the paver without negotiating stringlines. This can lead to increased safety, early project completion, shorter traffic closures and on-time bonuses. With an accurate 3D design model and precise control of the paver, the paving contractor can complete the project with a better material yield and minimal material wastage.

Integrated Paving Solutions from Trimble
Integrated paving solutions from Trimble lead to a more efficient job site where the risk of wasting expensive and unforgiving concrete material is reduced. When coupled with the TrimFleet™ TrimView™ system to track ready mix concrete delivery trucks, Trimble Paving Solutions offer a complete start to finish workflow leveraging Trimble technology from order fulfillment at the batch plant to final placement by the paver.

Paving contractors can leverage key Trimble equipment for concrete paving projects—allowing both new and existing users to realize a higher and more rapid return on their investment in Trimble technology. With expansion of the 3D machine control mix to include concrete pavers, contractors can now reuse their Business Center – HCE office software, Trimble SPS Series Universal Total Stations and Trimble on-machine components for slipform paving operations.

The Trimble PCS900 Paving Control System for Slipform Pavers can be mounted on new or used concrete pavers, including those from GOMACO and Guntert & Zimmerman. It is expected to be available through Trimble's SITECH® technology dealer network in North America in the second quarter of 2013.

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