Hitachi joins forces with Topcon to provide innovative machine control


Hitachi Construction Machinery UK has announced a new partnership with Topcon Positioning GB to provide automated machine control technology.

The partnership will see HCMUK install the Topcon X53-x automated machine control system on its range of excavators. This will give customers access to sophisticated technology that allows for a more efficient workflow, by minimising the risk of over-digging while improving productivity and helping to save time, money and materials.

The Topcon X53-x uses some of the same components as Topcon’s original machine control system, but has been designed and developed with the addition of hydraulic, automated control. The system provides automated depth control, meaning digging to a design flat, stepped of sloped applications is done precisely, even by a novice operator.


David Roberts, CEO of HCMUK, commented: “Our customers are increasingly looking for enhanced productivity and efficiency in their excavators and, with connected technology like ConSite, Hitachi has been proactive in providing solutions for some time now. By entering into this partnership with Topcon, we are taking our intelligent machine offering to the next level, allowing our customers to choose from a base kit to future proof their fleets, through to full automation as seen on the ZX225US-6.”

“As well as the many benefits that this technology provides, our customers have the added peace of mind that it is installed by Hitachi-trained technicians at our state-of-the-art preparation centre in Newcastle – supplied as a complete package, ready to go to work upon delivery. We’re excited to work in partnership with Topcon to achieve a common goal of ensuring our customers get the products and support they need.”

Dave Bennett, Managing Director at Topcon Positioning GB, said: “The demand for intelligent machine control systems is continuing to grow across the UK and, at Topcon, we’re committed to always being one step ahead to ensure construction professionals have access to the best possible equipment – which is why it’s great to work with a company like Hitachi. The innovative X53-x is improving efficiency and accuracy for machine operators across Europe, and we’re looking forward to seeing how it can improve workflows for Hitachi’s customers.”

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