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Trimble and RS Solutions Join Forces in the Ready Mix Market
System to Provide Real-Time, In-Transit Process Control Management for Concrete Trucks
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 23, 2007 -- Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that its Trimble Mobile Solutions (TMS) division and RS Solutions have entered into a definitive agreement to integrate and market Trimbles TrimFleet™ Ready Mix solution with RS Solutions Ready Slump™ system on new aftermarket and factory installations for concrete trucks throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Together, the integrated system shares job ticket information, vehicle location, status monitoring, driver messaging and ready mix concrete process control throughout the delivery process. The entire system is integrated between the producer's dispatch system and the concrete truck. The combined systems will provide producers with real-time management and control of concrete quality while the truck is in transit.
The announcement was made today at the World of Concrete 2007, one of the world's largest international exhibitions for the construction and construction materials industries. The TMS booth is located in the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall #N-3147.
The proven Ready Slump system is the first truck-mounted process control system that can accurately measure, adjust and document concrete slump from the time a truck is loaded until it is poured. The patented system closes the loop of slump control during the concrete delivery process by measuring the product slump, comparing it to the customer-specified slump, and automatically making the necessary water adjustments at proper mixing speed to reach that level, giving producers an accurate, reliable system to control product quality, reduce production costs and provide consistency from one truckload to another.
Trimble's TrimFleet Ready Mix solution is an industry leading system for delivering real-time ready mix delivery status, vehicle location information and driver messaging in real-time to the dispatcher. TrimFleet has been integrated with leading dispatch and enterprise software products used by ready mix concrete producers. Trimbles system automates the process of monitoring the key stages of the delivery cycle of ready mix vehicles, increasing fleet productivity, reporting and safety.
"We are very excited to be working with RS Solutions," said Mike Kapolka, general manager of Ready Mix for Trimble Mobile Solutions. By integrating the systems, customer-specified slump, the exact slump level reading at time of delivery, levels of water or superplasticizer added to the product during the delivery process, and the amount of concrete delivered is captured in real time. The combined system extends the management and control of the ready mix product quality beyond the batch process to the vehicle, with information that is available, manageable and configurable on a real-time basis while the vehicle is in transit."
About RS Solutions
RS Solutions LLC of West Chester, Ohio provides targeted process control solutions for the ready mix concrete industry. Leveraging its experience in all types of harsh environments, RSS electro-mechanical devices, wired and wireless sensors, and radio technologies are designed and tested to withstand the rigors of the industry. With a passion for adding maximum value through seamless integration into industry leading platforms, RSS insures ease of use and optimizing investment value for its customers. For more information visit: www.readyslump.com
About Trimble Mobile Solutions
Trimble Mobile Solutions is a leader in mobile resource management solutions. Trimble provides highly integrated vehicle productivity, compliance and mobile workforce solutions. Trimble leads the industry in convergence of mobile worker and vehicle applications, wirelessly connecting customers, mobile workers and their vehicles. Companies in consumer packaged goods, transportation, distribution, construction supply, ready mix, municipalities and field service industries use Trimble Mobile Solutions products and services to maximize the productivity and efficiency of their mobile workforce and minimize fleet operating expenses. For more information, visit www.trimblems.com.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has a worldwide presence with more than 2,600 employees in over 18 countries.
For more information, visit: www.trimble.com.