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Servo and Robotic Total Station Systems Enhance Trimble LM80 Layout Manager Capabilities
One-Person Operation Adds Convenience and Speed to Field Measurement Needs
LAS VEGAS, March 15, 2005 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today announced the LM80 Layout Manager for use with servo and robotic total stations for construction layout. The pocket-sized Trimble® LM80 provides concrete and general construction contractors the ability to carry, manage, work with, and lay out job site blueprints in the field.
The announcement was made today at ConExpo, the world's largest international exhibition in 2005 for the construction and construction materials industries. Trimble will be located in the Las Vegas Convention Center South Booth #15905.
The Trimble LM80 Layout Manager is used with a servo or robotic total station by concrete and general construction contractors for laying out control lines, offset points, excavation lines, foundations, forms and footers, and anchor bolt placement. Trimble's servo and robotic total stations work with the LM80 Layout Manager to provide an easy to learn and use system. Together, the LM80 Layout Manager and a servo or robotic total station replace string lines, transits and theodolites to provide layout from one point on the site, requiring no need to re-setup the instrument. Residential concrete contractors can use the system to tie into property corners, layout concrete pads and walls, and pinning footers.
Contractors can select from either a servo or robotic total station. The servo total station is designed to turn automatically to correct alignment or layout direction. The user can simply enter the blue print into the LM80, select the point, and the total station moves to the correct direction - speeding up the process. The robotic total station can auto track the prism pole, thus it becomes a one-person field operation, offering substantial productivity gains over conventional total station systems.
The Trimble LM80 Layout Manager that works with a servo or robotic total station is expected to be available second quarter 2005 through Trimble's Construction Division dealer network.
About Trimble's Construction Business
The Construction business of Trimble is focused on developing technology and solutions for earthmoving, site preparation, and general, interior and underground construction contractors. Trimble's construction solutions help to get the job done faster, with less machine time and personnel. For each phase of the construction cycle designing, grading, site checking, building and asset tracking Trimble has the broadest portfolio of integrated construction positioning systems designed to improve productivity.
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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Caption: The Trimble® LM80 Layout Manager with a servo or robotic total station provides concrete and general construction contractors the ability to carry, manage, work with, and lay out the jobsite blueprint right in the field. Contractors can use the LM80 for the layout of control lines, offset points, excavation lines, foundations, forms and footers, and anchor bolt placement. The Trimble servo and robotic total stations work with the LM80 Layout Manager to provide an easy to learn and use system designed for construction layout work.
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