Stringless Paving - The AutoPilot Way

Thu July 31, 2014 - National Edition
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The Wirtgen AutoPilot is a user-friendly, cost-effective control system for poured-in-place concrete profiles, such as curbs, safety barriers or slabs.
The Wirtgen AutoPilot is a user-friendly, cost-effective control system for poured-in-place concrete profiles, such as curbs, safety barriers or slabs.



The Wirtgen AutoPilot — a stringless control system for use with Wirtgen SP 15/SP 15i and SP 25/SP 25i concrete slipform pavers — is a user-friendly, cost-effective control system for poured-in-place concrete profiles, such as curbs, safety barriers or slabs.

AutoPilot is a GPS-based system that ensures precision and efficiency in slipform paving, regardless of whether straight profiles or highly complex curved paths are being poured, according to the manufacturer.

The Wirtgen AutoPilot control system bypasses the need to establish a digital terrain model because programming is completed by using a rover pole to capture coordinates or by simply using the job site plans. This means a surveyor is not required.

The AutoPilot system utilizes a computer integrated in the machine, as well as a control panel that allows intuitive operation. For course control, two machine-mounted GPS receivers communicate with an additional GPS reference station positioned on site. For precise grade control, a laser, ultrasonic sensor or total station is used. The machine control software is a proprietary Wirtgen development.

For more information, call 615/501-0600 or visit www.wirtgenamerica.com.