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12 Apr 2019 14.39
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Kobelco demonstrates automated excavator with Engcon tiltrotator at Bauma

One of the world's largest excavator manufacturers, Kobelco Construction Machinery, in collaboration with Engcon and Leica Geosystems, exhibits a near-fully automatic excavator with tiltrotator function at the Bauma 2019 trade fair.

"It's an exciting solution that we've developed together," says Krister Blomgren, Engcon Group's CEO.

"One Step Ahead" is the catchphrase of Engcon, the world's leading tiltrotator manufacturer, and that mission is fully transparent and visible at this year’s Bauma trade fair, where they are exhibiting some true displays of innovation.

Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe B.V. (KCME), Engcon and Leica Geosystems are now exhibiting the world's first tiltrotator-compatible excavator guidance system on a Kobelco SK210LC-10 excavator. The system combines the latest 3D Machine Control (3DMC) technology from Leica Geosystems with the leading tiltrotator technology from Engcon.

Kobelco and Engcon, together with Leica Geosystems, have developed the system to automatically control the boom's up and down movement, position, tilt and rotational angle of the bucket with a single lever movement. The system is very flexible, allowing the operator to choose between Auto Boom Control, Auto Bucket Control, Auto Tilt Control and Auto Rotation Control or a combination of everything that is required to give the driver maximum control.

"We have developed this function together, which we think is very exciting. The co-operation has worked very well and it was great to see the Engcon-equipped excavator with full automatics at the fair. It received a great deal of attention and a lot of positive reactions”, says Krister Blomgren, Engcon Group's CEO.

Bauma is the world's largest trade fair for construction machinery. Over 7 days, more than 3,000 exhibitors receive half a million visitors, and nearly 1,500 journalists attend.

"The Bauma trade fair is really "the place to be" for everyone in the construction industry. For us, attendance is a given. It is incredibly rewarding to meet all interested parties and display ourselves and our products”, says Krister Blomgren.

A full European launch of Kobelco's automatic excavation and tiltrotator system is planned for the first quarter of 2020.

The automatic excavator guidance system can be seen in operation at Kobelco's outdoor stand, no.: FN. 1016
Engcon can be found at outdoor stand no.: FM. 708/3 and Leica Geosystems in Hall A2, stand 137.

Media contact Kobelco: +44 165 268 00 60 or email

Media contact Engcon: +46 70 529 96 32 or email

Media contact Leica Geosystems: +41 417 27 89 60 or email

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