Trimble PCS900 Paving Control System

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Trimble PCS900 Paving Control System

Trimble PCS900 Paving Control System is a 3D automatic screed control system that can significantly improve paving productivity and the rideability of road and airport surfaces by directly referencing off the road design. The result is a very smooth final paved surface, higher productivity and less material usage.

The PCS900 Paving Control System offers several significant advantages to paving contractors:

Accurate Paving without a Reference Surface

Contractors can lay asphalt or base material where there is no accurate reference surface, such as when laying base material or at airports and large commercial surfaces.

Avoid the Hassle of Stringline

Since PCS900 is a stringless system, it saves time and labor by eliminating the staking process. It also increases truck productivity by requiring less maneuvering around the stringline.

Stingless technology can also provide a higher level accuracy because:

  • With 3D technology, you no longer have inaccuracies between the stakes.
  • You aren't relying on the manual setup of stringline and the possible errors.
  • Virtual stringlines cannot be accidentally moved or damaged.

Better Control for Complex Designs

Using the Trimble SPS930 Universal Total Station, the exact position, accurate cross slope, and heading of the screed is measured. This is especially advantageous for complex design surfaces such as transitions, super-elevated curves, and frequently changing cross slopes.

Features and Benefits of Trimble PCS900

The Trimble PCS900 Paving Control System offers numerous features and benefits, including:

  • Significant cost saving in asphalt material usage
  • Less time to completion
  • No waiting for stakes to be set
  • More accurate, more consistent paving
  • Ability to pave to more complex designs with ease

The Trimble PCS900 Paving Control System adds the accuracy and flexibility of 3D technology to your paving operations, giving you the flexibility of operating in either 2D or 3D mode, depending on project needs. In addition to the Trimble PCS400 2D Paving Control System, which paves at a fixed depth and slope, the PCS900 allows you to also pave with variable depth and slope based on the 3D design.

The Advantages of Trimble 3D Paving

On new roads, base material must be laid accurately to increase the material yield and profitability of the ensuing asphalt or concrete laying operation. By paving the base to design correctly the first time, contractors can save on the cost of rework and additional material.

On resurfacing jobs, road-waves can be reduced or eliminated by paving in 3D to a smooth design, allowing the contractor to gain their rideability bonus. Some jobs may call for a combination of a Trimble 3D milling and 3D paving solutions to build to specification and maximize profits.

Upgradeable Solution from Trimble PCS400 Paving Control System

The PCS900 system regularly achieves asphalt mat accuracies of 0.01-0.02 feet(3-6 millimeters), making it ideal for projects such as airports, large commercial surfaces and highways. Accurate 3D control of the screed allows you to:

  • Take out high and low areas early in the process with the less expensive first layer materials
  • Increase road smoothness using less asphalt than with traditional paving methods

The Trimble PCS900 Paving Control System is the 3D extension of a Trimble PCS400 Paving Control System. The contractor can easily switch from grade and slope (2D) mode to 3D mode on each side of the screed. The PCS400/PCS900 combination provides the customer the choice between sonic sensors, slope sensor, contact sensors, 3D slope and 3D elevation control.

It is also possible to mount the Trimble PCS900 system on top of the MOBA-Matic® CAN paving control system. This way the contractor can reuse his current MOBA investment and still benefit from the Trimble PCS900 platform.