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Archive for February, 2012

John Deere Strengthens Commitment to Open Positioning Architecture

John Deere (Deere & Company) have made two announcements this month regarding alliances with Leica GeoSystems and Topcon Positioning Systems. The Leica agreement for the moment pertains to Deere’s agricultural division while Topcon’s alliance seems focused toward construction. The general concept is not new as Deere offers an Integrated Grade Controls (IGC) program that gives positioning [...]

February 29, 2012 in Randy's Blog
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Increased Productivity from Machine Control

This month Machine Controil Online posted a very good article by Don Talend entitled “Leveling the Field”.  Not only is Don an excellent writer, but he obviously understands applications and the workflows of grading contractors.  In his story (found at ) he highlights the utilization and financial benefits of  machine control. In the article [...]

February 23, 2012 in Paul's Blog
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06 Rodney Sellers; Go Speed Grader

“The grader install will be done today.” said Robert Crane. Rodney was happy to hear this, he could now do what he told Hanna; get the rest of the dirt work on her shopping center site done. A call to Tony Valenzuela got things rolling. “We need to do a full court press on the [...]

February 23, 2012 in Marco's Posts
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Average is the new “Below Average”

A friend forwarded me an article which appeared in the New York Times on Jan 25, 2012 by Thomas L. Friedman. The article discusses the impact that “quantum advances in both globalization and in the information technology revolution” has on our economy and unemployment. Basically the point the author makes is that technology advances replace [...]

February 22, 2012 in Randy's Blog
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The Fat Lady Has Sung – Not Seen via LightSquared Wireless Network

Multiple media sources, including the Wall Street Journal, are reporting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to revoke its year-old decision to allow the company LightSquared from proceeding with its mobile broadband system because of concerns it will interfere with GPS receivers. Editors Note: I am understanding of both sides. The majority of my [...]

February 15, 2012 in Randy's Blog
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WOC 2012 Update/Images – Machine Control Magazine Print Edition Launched

Just a quick post-World of Concrete 2012 note. From my experience, This years show was the best in 4 years. Our first print version of Machine Control Magazine was very well received. Sign up for free by clicking here. View the digital version by clicking here. WOC images click here Stay tuned for our newsletter [...]

February 4, 2012 in Randy's Blog
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