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Wacker Neuson adds compaction detection system to trench roller

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October 21, 2015 - Wacker Neuson is offering a compaction control system on its popular RTx trench roller. The monitoring system is called Compatec and it takes the guess work out of determining when soil has reached the ultimate compaction results.

Wacker Neuson’s RTxSC3 series of trench roller is now available with the Compatec system. A sensor located near the drums measures the vibration level and determines how much the soil has been compacted. The easy-to-read system consists of eight highly visible LEDs. The number of lights illuminating will increase with each pass and will no longer increase once maximum compaction is achieved. This system is an excellent tool for less experienced operators and helps avoid unnecessary passes. Compatec will also warn the operator with all eight LEDs flashing when the machine is measuring an overload or overcompaction condition.

The display is conveniently located on the back of the RTx trench roller where the operator can see the highly visible LEDs. The brightness will automatically adjust to the environment so that even in the bright sunlight the system is easy to read. The Compatec system will also protect the machine from damage. Because of the overload protection system, should the trench roller be operated on hard surfaces, the flashing lights will warn the operator.

Wacker Neuson’s RTxSC3 (Smart Control 3) is operated with a line-of-sight infrared remote control that was designed with both operator and jobsite safety in mind. With the RTxSC3, the operator remains out of the trench, away from the dust and noise of the machine, but must keep a line-of-sight from the controller to the receiving eye at all times. This innovative control technology eliminates dangerous blind spots should the unit move behind obstacles and other obstructions, or should the operator get distracted, keeping the jobsite and workers better protected. In addition, the machine will stop moving and vibrating if the operator comes within three feet of the roller’s sensing eyes or releases the controller’s joysticks, making sure the operator is always at a safe distance from the machine.

Other recent additions to Wacker Neuson’s trench roller series includes the addition of a third receiving eye on top the unit which ensures continued smoother operation along the trench without interruption as it travels under shoring cross bars. The RTx series is also now available with two engine options. The RTKx is powered by a 20.7 horsepower Kubota diesel engine and the RTLx is powered by a 19.8 horsepower Kohler diesel engine. Whichever engine is chosen, contractors will find the same industry leading features and high performance results. For over 20 years, Wacker Neuson’s trench rollers have led the industry’s expectation for safety, performance and reliability. The RTx was the first articulated trench roller with the industry preferred below the axle exciters that allow efficient transfer of compaction energy to the soil. A compact design with low center of gravity, high and low compaction force, plus the ability to change the drums from 32-inches to 22-inches provides flexibility on the job site.


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About the Wacker Neuson Group

The Wacker Neuson Group is an international family of companies and a leading manufacturer of light and compact equipment with over 50 affiliates and 140 sales and service stations. The Group offers its customers a broad and deep portfolio of products, a wide range of services and an efficient, global spare parts service. Wacker Neuson is the partner of choice among professional users in construction, gardening, landscaping and agriculture, as well as among municipal bodies and companies in industries such as recycling and energy. In 2014, the Group achieved revenue of EUR 1.28 billion, employing around 4,500 people worldwide.

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