Introducing iDig 2D machine control for simpler and more cost-effective excavation


idig grade control for excavtorAs the Australian and New Zealand distributor for iDig, Aptella is helping contractors maximise their profits, by optimising the use of machines and increasing excavator productivity.

iDig 2D machine control systems are simple but technically advanced tools designed specifically for excavators, to provide real-time (with no delay) indication of depth, distance and slope.

Real-time depth indication: Enter your desired depth and iDig will guide you there.

Real-time slope indication: Enter your, positive or negative slope and percentage on x:y, and iDig will guide you there – it can even calculate relative slope if required.

Real-time distance indication: Place the bucket teeth on the starting point, enter your desired digging distance, and iDig’s horizontal LEDS will guide you there.

This highly portable and affordable excavator control system enables operators to do everything from within the cab – removing the need for a grade checker or surveyor, and reducing waste fuel and machine downtime by eliminating the necessity of getting out of the cab to check the grade or dig site.

The iDig setup requires no welding, thanks to sensors that are directly fitted to the boom by a highly adhesive 3M solution; it involves no wiring along the arm, as it’s connected to the cab control box by radio; and it’s solar-powered so needs no recharging. Its real-time technology also ensures that grade calculation is immediately displayed, with information conveyed seamlessly to the operator via a coloured LED indicator.

The iDig control system is set to revolutionise the way excavation occurs on job sites across Australia and New Zealand,” predicts Martin Nix, Aptella’ CEO. “Because one iDig system can be used for an entire fleet of machines, which is ideal for contractors since different jobs require different machines and different buckets. Your one iDig system can go from excavator to mini to backhoe, and once set up, it will recognise more than 100 different machines and buckets.”

Joel Seddon, Aptella’ Machine Systems Product Manager adds, “iDig has been built specifically as a 2D system for 2D applications on any job sites – it is not a 3D system with 3D technology simply taken out of it – so it’s very intuitive, and extremely simple to use, thanks to the large icons, 800 x 480 pixel resolution, and highly responsive 7” touch screen.”

“When placed on a mini or large excavator, the iDig machine control system enables you to carry the benchmark with you, including height and slope guidance, across an entire job site; it completely negates the need for a grade checker or standalone laser receiver on your machine,” he added.

Optional accessories are also available, including chassis sensors for non-centre pivot machines, additional boom sensors, and tilt bucket sensors.

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