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Trimble Introduces the PCS400 Paving Control System

A Highly Accurate and Easy-to-Use Paving Control System for Production Paving Applications


ORLANDO, Fla., March 11, 2009 — Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today the new Trimble® PCS400 Paving Control System, an automatic screed control system that can improve the accuracy and productivity of asphalt paving applications, and minimizes the use of expensive asphalt material. The Trimble PCS400 helps paving contractors achieve excellent rideability results and finish their projects on time and budget. It can be used in production paving applications, such as highways, state roads, airports and large commercial surfaces.

The announcement was made today at the World of Asphalt, which showcases the latest technologies and innovations in asphalt-related equipment, products and services.

The Trimble PCS400 Paving Control System uses up to three sonic tracers mounted on an averaging beam. Each sonic tracer has five sensors, rather than a single sensor, which allows the system to minimize the impact of small irregularities such as stones, grate inlets, shovels and workers' feet. Larger irregularities, such as road waves, can be averaged out without bulky drag skis using Trimble's averaging beam technology. Using the system, contractors can pave accurate slopes of 0.5 percent and lay the finish surface at an accuracy up to 3 millimeters (1/100 foot) - all within smoothness and minimal thickness specification, helping to minimize the use of expensive asphalt. 

PCS400 reduces training time and allows operators to work more efficiently with its large and rugged control box display. The Trimble CB440 Control Box display with an easy-to-use interface for checking and adjusting settings allows a paving run to begin with only two button clicks. The display's split-screen also permits one screed operator to monitor both sides of the screed - freeing up the second operator to perform other tasks. This increased personnel efficiency allows the paver to run faster while maintaining the required quality levels. 

The Trimble PCS400 Paving Control System can be mounted on a variety of new or used asphalt paving machines, regardless of manufacturer. The system can be flexibly configured with a combination of sonic tracers, slope sensors, averaging beam and contact sensors. Trimble's system components are rugged and durable for tough construction conditions. All components have an IP67 rating to protect against dust and water.

The Trimble PCS400 is available now through Trimble's worldwide Heavy and Highway Construction distribution channel.

About Trimble's Engineering and Construction Segment

Trimble, a world leader in GPS, construction lasers, robotic total stations and machine control solutions, is creating a broad range of innovative solutions that change the way construction work is done. Trimble is focusing on the development of technology and solutions in the core areas of surveying, construction and infrastructure. From concept to completion, Trimble's integrated systems streamline jobs and improve productivity.

About Trimble

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, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.


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