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JESCO Hosts Topcon Technology Roadshow in Lumberton

Mon October 29, 2018 - Northeast Edition #22
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The Topcon Technology Roadshow made a stop on Oct. 16 and 17, 2018, at JESCO's Lumberton, N.J., facility.

Topcon's traveling truck has a combination of both theater and showcase rooms with the benefits of a trade show and user conference.

Over the two days, more than 100 contractors, engineers and surveyors attended to learn more about Topcon innovative technology and how it can help them do their work more productively and efficiently.

“We are pleased that we can bring in a 53-foot trailer displaying Topcon technology so our customers have the opportunity to learn about the technology, the solutions in the different industries and the different applications that work in those industries,” said Dana Hopkins, general manager of JESCO's Topcon division.

For the event, JESCO also created a 30,000 sq. ft. demo field where guests could see and operate John Deere equipment with Topcon technology including a:

  • John Deere 650K dozer with a 3D Max system;
  • John Deere 750K dozer outfitted with the 3D MC2 system;
  • John Deere 235G excavator an X53i system; and
  • John Deere 25G mini-excavator with a laser.

“We are happy to provide our customers with a real hands-on experience,” said Hopkins. “They can operate the equipment, push dirt, and dig in order to see how the technology would benefit them in their day-to-day work.”

Quite a few JESCO employees were on hand to answer customer questions including Matt Schmidt, geo-positioning sales specialist, who led the surveying group on the demo field, and Derrick Ward, grade control specialist, who headed up the machine control demos.

Hopkins noted that the attendee feedback on the two-day roadshow was strong and very positive.

“Our customers are finding this innovative technology very interesting; they're very engaged,” he said. “And this covers the gambit from people who knew nothing about the technology to people who have been operating with the technology for years. Everybody's learning something today and that's wonderful. They're seeing the value in not only what Topcon provides, but what we, JESCO, as a partner provide, too.”

Guests found the technology easy to learn.

“For those using the technology for the first time, it really is not a difficult learning curve,” Hopkins said. “Contractors already understand grading and slope. With this new equipment, it's just a matter of overlaying GPS technology and showing them how that information is communicated to them via the machine control systems. As soon as they see it in a 10-minute overview, they immediately understand that it all makes sense. And then, after they've operated it for about 15 to 20 minutes, they're saying 'I wished I had this years ago.'”

JESCO provided lunch for guests each day and also held two contests. Each day, attendees could win a JESCO branded jacket by estimating the volume of dirt in a pile on the demo field the company created prior to the roadshow. And for an overall contest, there was a drawing for a pair of club tickets to the Nov. 25 game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Topcon Roadshow schedule concluded its 2018 tour this month, so the Lumberton event was one of the last of the year.

For more information, visit www.jesco.us.

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Aerial view of JESCO’s demo field.
(Gellman Images photo)
Aerial view of JESCO’s demo field. (Gellman Images photo)

Derrick Ward (L), grade control specialist, discusses machine control with customers.
Derrick Ward (L), grade control specialist, discusses machine control with customers.

For the event, JESCO also created a 30,000-sq.-ft. demo field where guests could see and operate John Deere equipment with Topcon technology.
For the event, JESCO also created a 30,000-sq.-ft. demo field where guests could see and operate John Deere equipment with Topcon technology.

Each day, attendees could win a JESCO branded jacket by estimating the volume of dirt in this pile on the demo field the company created prior to the roadshow.
Each day, attendees could win a JESCO branded jacket by estimating the volume of dirt in this pile on the demo field the company created prior to the roadshow.

Guests were able to demo a John Deere 235G excavator with a Topcon X53i system during the event.
Guests were able to demo a John Deere 235G excavator with a Topcon X53i system during the event.

Bill Wallace of Topcon discusses earthworks technology with Roadshow attendees.
Bill Wallace of Topcon discusses earthworks technology with Roadshow attendees.

The building and construction exhibit inside the Topcon truck.
(Gellman Images photo)
The building and construction exhibit inside the Topcon truck. (Gellman Images photo)

Geo Position Sales Specialist Matt Schmidt demonstrates technology to a customer.
(Gellman Images photo)
Geo Position Sales Specialist Matt Schmidt demonstrates technology to a customer. (Gellman Images photo)

A John Deere 750K dozer with the 3D MC2 system.
(Gellman Images photo)
A John Deere 750K dozer with the 3D MC2 system. (Gellman Images photo)

(L-R): Dana Hopkins, general manager of the Topcon division; Chris Vinson, machine control sales representative; Derrick Ward, grade control specialist; Matt Schmidt, geo-positioning sales specialist; and Sean Runge, machine control sales representative, all of JESCO.
(L-R): Dana Hopkins, general manager of the Topcon division; Chris Vinson, machine control sales representative; Derrick Ward, grade control specialist; Matt Schmidt, geo-positioning sales specialist; and Sean Runge, machine control sales representative, all of JESCO.

Registration for JESCO's presentation of the Topcon Roadshow was brisk.
(Gellman Images photo)
Registration for JESCO's presentation of the Topcon Roadshow was brisk. (Gellman Images photo)

The Topcon Technology Roadshow traveling truck visited JESCO in Lumberton, N.J., on Oct. 16 and 17.
(Gellman Images photo)
The Topcon Technology Roadshow traveling truck visited JESCO in Lumberton, N.J., on Oct. 16 and 17. (Gellman Images photo)

(L-R): Dana Hopkins, general manager of the Topcon division; Chris Vinson, machine control sales representative; Derrick Ward, grade control specialist; Matt Schmidt, geo-positioning sales specialist; and Sean Runge, machine control sales representative, all of JESCO.
(L-R): Dana Hopkins, general manager of the Topcon division; Chris Vinson, machine control sales representative; Derrick Ward, grade control specialist; Matt Schmidt, geo-positioning sales specialist; and Sean Runge, machine control sales representative, all of JESCO.