“We started working with machine guidance systems seven years ago,” says Matthieu Leon, Kerleroux’s Managing Director. “This technology is precise and reliable, and we don’t have the ‘burden’ of the former surveying system with hundreds of rods being used on a landscaping project. Today, we are more independent, and even if the topography of the project changes, we can simply amend this in the GPS system – without having to change the layout of rods.”
Kerleroux’s local Hitachi dealer in Britanny, Cobemat, had proposed the opportunity to have the Leica Geosystems 3D machine control system fitted to the new Zaxis-7 excavator by HCME Customised Solutions. This offer was immediately of interest to Kerleroux: “With the system installed directly by Hitachi, we are allowing for a higher level of reliability over time,” adds Matthieu.
“This means that we are avoiding any potential issues with the location of the cabling and antennae, as well as any damage to the sensors. In addition, we use Cobemat as a one-stop shop, and therefore don’t have the problem of contacting a second supplier – Hitachi and Leica Geosystems have already formed a partnership that is in place for us to use as an option when buying a new machine.”