Komatsu America Corp. has announced the release of its smallest intelligent dozer, the D39i-24. Equipped with the company's intelligent Machine Control (iMC 2.0) technology, users can program 3D design data directly into the machine. Doing so helps operators of all experience levels work efficiently as much of the work is automated which ensures it is done correctly in one pass. The system automates everything from dozing to rough cut to finish grade work.
The 105 hp (78.3 kW) machine comes from the factory equipped with the iMC 2.0 technology, enabling operators to get to work quickly. Komatsu's D39i-24 has been upgraded with a number of new intelligent features, as well.
Per Komatsu's press release announcing the launch of the new dozer, these features include:
- Proactive dozing control - the dozer measures the terrain it tracks over and uses that data to plan the next pass so even less experienced operators can automatically cut/strip from existing terrain. Productivity can improve by up to 60% versus previous generation.
- Tilt steering control - automatically tilts the blade to maintain straight travel during rough dozing, reducing operator steering input by up to 80%.
- Lift layer control - puts in repeated consistent lifts. Time savings are realized because each layer is precise, reducing or eliminating the need to rework for over compaction or under compaction.
- Quick surface creation - operators can create a temporary design surface with the press of a button. Combined with other iMC 2.0 functions, crews can begin stripping or spreading using automated input while waiting for the finish grade model.