Case Study

CAN in an earthmoving grader and dozer

CAN in an earthmoving grader and dozer

The GradeStar V5.0 by Leica Geosystems is a 3D earthmoving machine automation grader and dozer system for the construction industry with CAN network. The grader V5.0 has been improved in both hardware and software as compared to previous versions. The system is interchangeable between Leica’s Survey Total Stations and GPS positioning sensors. Its software utilizes the Windows XP operating system as well as a CAN network. The GSM5 a consolidated sensor module is an addition to this version of the grader. It is designed to be a central communications point between positioning sensors and the grader’s interface. GSM5 can also have an internal GPS. The component design allows removal for exchange between machines. The company’s Program Director, Andrew McCleave, said GradeStar V5.0 enables earthmoving operations to be streamlined providing cost and time productivity advantages. The dozer is upgradeable from Leica Geosystems 1D and 2D systems, and from indicate guidance systems to full control and automated systems. It can be used on various machine types, allowing operators to approach different projects in the same way. GradeStar is designed to be moved between machine types (dozer to grader), and allows interchanging with Survey Total Stations or GPS systems .