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  NEWS RELEASE

 
Trimble Introduces New Laser Control System for the Dozer Market

New GCS400 System Simultaneously Controls Blade Lift and Tilt
to Improve Efficiency and Cuts Costs

PARIS, May 13, 2003 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced the GCS400 -- a laser-based machine control system that simultaneously controls lift and tilt of a dozer blade. Ideal for both small and large contractors using dozers for earthmoving and road construction, the GCS400 delivers greater jobsite efficiency, easier operation, more consistent accuracy and reduced costs.
 
The announcement was made today at INTERMAT, one of the world's largest exhibitions for the civil engineering and construction industries.
 
Developed by the Caterpillar Trimble Control Technologies LLC joint venture, the GCS400 represents the next generation of Trimble laser-based machine control solutions built on Controller Area Network (CAN) interface. First introduced in the Trimble GCS21, the CAN interface provides contractors with plug-and-play flexibility allowing them to utilize different laser and control components to best meet the needs of the job.
 
In addition to simultaneously controlling a dozer's lift and tilt functions from a single box, a key advantage of the GSC400 system is the option to select from two elevation control modes. One is "independent mode," which allows the operator to control the lift and tilt functions independently from each other. The other is "inked mode," which ties the lift and tilt functions together, allowing the operator to maintain the blade parallel to the laser beam. With this unique feature, the system then treats the two masts as one, setting them at the same elevation and allowing the operator to simply adjust grade through the use of one switch.
 
"The cutting-edge technology of the GCS400 is ideal for earthwork contractors interested in achieving better performance in a variety of jobsite and operating conditions," said Mark Forrest, Division Vice President of Construction for Trimble's Geomatics and Engineering Division. "And with features like the CAN interface and customizable menus the GCS400 is very easy for contractors and operators to setup, learn and use for a range of earthmoving applications."
 
Trimble's new GCS400 system is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2003 through Trimble's Geomatics and Engineering Division dealer network.
 
About Trimble's Geomatics and Engineering Division
 
The combination of Trimble and Spectra Precision, the world leaders in GPS, construction lasers, robotic total stations and machine control solutions, is creating a broad range of innovative solutions that will change the way construction work is done. The Geomatics and Engineering Division of Trimble is focusing on the development of technology and solutions in the core areas of machine control, surveying, and construction instruments. From concept to completion, Trimble's integrated systems streamline jobs and improve productivity.
 
About Trimble
 
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.
 
 
Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808
 
Media Contact:   Mary Carmody of Chisano Marketing: 937-866-4914



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