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Trimble Introduces Advanced Features for Tighter Control of Compaction Operations

New Functionality in the Trimble CCS900 Compaction Control System Delivers Better In-Field
Reporting and More Uniform Passes for More Efficient Compaction

MUNICH, Germany, April 19, 2010 — Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced major enhancements to the Trimble® CCS900 Compaction Control System that allow the operator to efficiently make more uniform passes with a soil compactor, report production data in the field, and minimize the risk of over or under compaction. With the new Trimble CCS900 system version 11.21, contractors can ensure a higher quality sub-surface while minimizing future rework and maintenance costs.

The announcement was made today at Bauma 2010, the world's largest construction equipment exposition.

More Efficient Passes Using Horizontal Offset

The new version of CCS900 introduces an in-cab hardware switch to adjust the horizontal offset of machine passes. The operator can use the switch to shift the offset left or right from a designated horizontal alignment, at an interval specified by the operator. The operator simply configures the on-machine software for the amount to move the alignment offset. For example, if an operator wants to compact an area offsetting each pass by half-drum widths to ensure pass-to-pass overlap, they can enter the value that is half the width of the compactor drum into the in-cab control box.

Using the horizontal shift functionality, an operator can now make more uniform passes and drive the compactor in a straighter line, then shift across the work area without over-working or under-working certain spots.

In-Field Reporting and Printing for Quality Control

Trimble CCS900 version 11.21 also offers extensive in-field reporting options, including in-cab report generation and printing. This functionality allows compaction production analysis to be carried out in the field instead of waiting until data is transferred back to the office. Compaction progress and problem areas such as soft spots and other material anomalies are indicated on the in-cab graphical control box and listed in the in-field report so they can be addressed immediately, instead of at project completion when rework is more costly.

The latest release of the system also allows report information to be printed directly from inside the compactor cab via a small in-cab printer for immediate analysis, action and in-field sign off by supervisors or government authorities. 

About the Trimble CCS900 Compaction Control System

The Trimble CCS900 system provides comprehensive compaction information over the entire job site. More consistent compaction to target design density is ensured throughout the entire material layer. The on-machine compaction sensor produces measurement information to much deeper ground levels than conventional techniques and is highly sensitive to sudden material changes. Trimble CCS900 provides instantaneous graphical indication to the operator when material anomalies or over-compaction might exist.

Using the on-screen, real-time cut/fill mapping capability, Trimble CCS900 can also validate that design grade has been maintained once design compaction has been achieved. Areas where design grade has been lost and require rework can be immediately identified on the machine and re-compacted.

The system records all compaction and machine productivity information which can be transferred wirelessly back to the remote office for analysis and archiving.

The Trimble CCS900 Compaction Control System version 11.21 is now available through Trimble's worldwide Heavy and Highway Construction Distribution Channel.

About Trimble's Heavy and Highway Division

Trimble's Heavy and Highway Division is a leading innovator of productivity solutions for the heavy and highway contractor. Trimble's solutions leverage a variety of technologies, including Global Positioning System (GPS), construction lasers, total stations, wireless data communications, the Internet, and application software. As part of the Trimble Connected Site™ strategy, these solutions provide a high-level of process and workflow integration from the design phase through to the finished project—delivering significant improvements in productivity throughout the construction lifecycle.

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.

Investor Relations Contact:   Willa McManmon of Trimble: 408-481-7838
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LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808

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