Dig Straight to Grade with Komatsu’s Newest Intelligent Excavators

August 21, 2017

The new intelligent Machine Control excavators feature Komatsu’s fully factory-integrated machine-control system. The exclusive control function lets operators focus on moving materials efficiently, without worrying about digging too deep or damaging the target surface.

Want to dig straight to grade with an excavator? You can with Komatsu’s new intelligent Machine Control excavators, including the PC360LCi-11 that fits in the popular 30-ton size class and provides excellent productivity and efficiency in a wide range of applications.

“Nimble, yet highly productive, the PC360LCi-11 is easily the most anticipated intelligent Machine Control product to launch from Komatsu in recent memory,”

said Jason Anetsberger, Komatsu Senior Product Manager. “From trenching on a utility work site to mass excavating on a highway project, the PC360LCi-11 is flexible and versatile enough to be at home on almost any jobsite.”

A 257-horsepower Tier 4 Final engine powers the PC360LCi-11, while the larger PC490LCi-11 has a Tier 4 Final, 359-horsepower engine. On top of an already very productive base machine, incorporation of the intelligent Machine Control technology boosts productivity up to 66 percent when compared to conventional excavation methods.

“Many of our customers have enjoyed the precision, versatility and efficiency of our first intelligent Machine Control excavator, the PC210LCi-10, and have asked us to scale intelligent Machine Control technology to larger-sized excavators. The wait is over,” reported Anetsberger. “Whether you are mass excavating, trenching or fine grading, the PC490LCi-11 will help increase productivity and efficiency, while removing the burden and worry of overexcavation.”

Revolutionary automation

Komatsu introduced the world’s first intelligent Machine Control excavator, the PC210LCi-10, to rave reviews in 2014. Like that machine, the PC360LCi-11 and PC490LCi-11 feature Komatsu’s revolutionary, fully factory-integrated, machine-control system. The exclusive control function lets operators focus on moving materials efficiently, without worrying about digging too deep or damaging the target surface.

Komatsu’s intelligent Machine Control excavators utilize 3D-design data loaded into the touchscreen display to show machine position relative to target grade. When the bucket reaches the target surface, automation kicks in to limit overexcavation.

“Once the target elevation is reached, no matter how hard the operator tries to move the joystick control to lower the boom, the excavator won’t allow it,” said Anetsberger. “From rough digging to finish grade, these machines improve efficiency and precision and minimize overexcavation, making every pass count.”

Quick Specs on Komatsu PC360LCi-11 and PC490LCi-11 Excavators

  • Model: PC360LCi-11
  • Net Horse-power: 257 hp
  • Operating Weight: 78,484-79,807 lbs
  • Bucket Capacity: 0.89-2.56 cu yd
  • Model: PC490LCi-11
  • Net Horse-power: 359 hp
  • Operating Weight: 105,670-107,850 lbs
  • Bucket Capacity: 1.47-4.05 cu yd