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RDO INTEGRATED CONTROLS BLOG - January, 2016


Get Ready for the Season with RDO’s Winter Service Specials

Get Ready for the Season with RDO’s Winter Service Specials

Taking care of your machines and equipment with routine maintenance is important in order to extend and enhance their lifespans. Servicing your equipment in the downtime of the winter months will save you valuable time later by ensuring that your machines are running at tip-top shade when your busy time rolls around.  At RDO Integrated Controls, we’re here to help you get the maintenance done. And we’ve got some great specials to make it easier.

Machine Control, GPS, and Laser and Optical Services and Specials

Our first promotion is for machine control, GPS, and laser and optical winter services, available only in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This special includes:

  • 15% off your entire purchase on scheduled on-site machine control winter maintenance
  • Early Bird Special: 12% off your entire purchase
  • After December 31st: 7% off all parts and labor
  • 5% off lath in pallet quantities
  • Marking paint -$2.98/can

Check out more details on these great deals on our website.

GPS and Optical Services and Specials

Our second promotion is for GPS and optical winter service, available only in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This special includes:

  • $50 off your purchase when you spend $200 on in-store supplies
  • Early Bird Special: 12% off your entire purchase
  • After December 31st:: 7% off all parts and labor
  • 5% off lath in pallet quantities
  • Marking paint -$2.98/can

Learn more about these great offers on our website.

Calibration, Asphalt Paver Controls, and Marking Paint Services and Specials

If you’re in Arizona or California, we have great deals for you as well. This special includes:

  • All calibrations for lasers and autolevels - $95
  • Asphalt paver controls update and service - $500
  • Marking paint - $2.98/can

Read on about these great promotions by visiting our website.

To take advantage of any or all of our Winter Service specials, contact our team at RDO Integrated Controls today. We’re here to answer questions, share expertise, and get you the services you need to prepare for the seasons ahead.

 

January 18, 2016  |  Category:

4 Key Benefits of Using Snow Plow Lasers

4 Key Benefits of Using Snow Plow Lasers

With large machinery and low visibility, snow plowing can be very dangerous. It can also result in costly property damage. New technology, such as snow plow lasers, helps reduce these problems. For example, with a snow plow laser, plow drivers are able to see their wing plow trailing edge location before they get there. This allows them to adjust their path to avoid injury or damage to people and property.

Utilizing cutting-edge technology, snow plow lasers provide many other advantages. Read on to learn about four of the key benefits.

1. Safety.
The number-one advantage of a snow plow laser is increased safety, of both property and people. Using an ultra-bright green laser spot, a snow plow laser will map out the plow’s trailing edge before the plow even gets there. This gives plow operators enhanced visibility and allows them to correct their path before it’s too late. In turn, this protects nearby property and passersby.

2. Training.
With every new plow driver comes many hours of training for the machine. A snow plow laser is the perfect tool for new-comer drivers to use during their training sessions and beyond. It helps show them the pathway of their plow, allowing trainees to regularly see and learn the path of the plow. Plus, with the increased efficiency snow plow lasers offer, training time is better spent.

3. Return on investment.
While a snow plow laser may seem like a large investment up front, it saves thousands of dollars throughout its lifespan. By reducing the amount of property damaged by snow plows, money is saved on legal fees, insurance costs, and replacing or repairing damaged property. These savings outweigh the initial investment of the snow plow laser.

Plus, lasers such as the GL3000PMC Guidance Laser are made for both warm and cold weather operations. This means the technology can be used by trucks for projects in warmer weather months, such as paint striping.

4. Efficiency.
Providing plow operators with enhanced visibility of their plow pathway allows them to have more efficiently and safely finish their route. It takes the guesswork out of driving, giving them a more straightforward and efficient path to make the job faster and easier. Plus, a snow plow laser shows them the best and safest route to take before they even get there. Knowing the safe path means less property damage. And less property damages means less stopping and paperwork, which means a more efficient plow route and work experience for everyone.

Snow plow lasers are a great tool to equip your plow operators with to increase safety, training processes, return on investment, and efficiency. Learn more about the snow plow lasers offered at RDO Integrated Controls and how they can be used in other applications.
 

 

January 13, 2016  |  Category:

How the RDO Integrated Controls Solutions and Fleet Shield can Support Your UAV Technology

How the RDO Integrated Controls Solutions and Fleet Shield can Support Your UAV Technology

RDO Integrated Controls Solutions Center is a technology support group dedicated to assisting and supporting our customers.  Recently, we have expanded resources to assist with a growing client base investing in our new, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions.

UAV Fleet Shield is a key component in RDOIC’s available support offerings for your UAV purchase.

What are the UAV Solutions Center and Fleet Shield?

UAV technology is diverse, and can offer end users multiple applications within many industries. Training and continual education with these products has become crucial, and is an important objective within the UAV Solutions Center as it ensures our customers are successful with their purchases. RDO has four dedicated UAV technical support specialists customizing workflows, troubleshooting product and offering solutions on how to best conduct flight missions and generate data with UAV clientele.
UAV Fleet Shield is a specific UAV product support package for RDOIC UAV customers.

Some features include;

  • Data Preparation and Processing
  • Mission Planning and data output consulting
  • Certified senseFly UAV technical support specialists
  • RDO Market Place discounts for online UAV accessory purchasing
  • 50% Customer trainings both on-site and via webinar
  • Access to our UAV loaner fleet
  • One, free annual inspection with one of our certified UAV service technicians.

What are the benefits of the UAV Solutions Center and UAV Fleet Shield?

Every UAV operation has its own goals and challenges. The Solution Center is your partner in working towards best practices for your operation, workflow improvements, technical advice and productivity enhancements.  UAV Fleet Shield participants have an extra edge with knowledgeable advice, and quick support just a phone call or email away.

 

January 7, 2016  |  Category:

4 Ways to Keep Your Drone Flight Over the Right Airspace

4 Ways to Keep Your Drone Flight Over the Right Airspace

Every flight with either the senseFly eXom or eBee includes flying within a “Working Area.” This is a user defined cylindrical region for the aircraft to work in. Its purpose is to warn the operator if the aircraft is beyond the working area and to perform automatic procedures to get back in or land.

The working area appears in eMotion and eMotion X as a circle with a wide semi-transparent border ring. Here’s what happens when the UAV interacts with that border ring;

  • If the UAV gets within the border, it will declare “out of working area radius” and immediately try to fly to the home position.
  • If the drone gets beyond the border ring completely,  it will continue to try to get back to the home position but will eventually declare “far outside of working area” and begin descending to auto land.

Tips for Operating with eMotion’s  Working Area

TIP 1: Keep in mind that winds at operating altitude may drastically increase after launch and blow the aircraft outside the working area when it is operating close to the working area ring.

TIP 2: Be very mindful of where the UAV may be if it automatically lands outside of the working area. Based on the prevailing winds that day, it may be on a busy road or a body of water.

Tip 3: Offset your flight plan to be as far away from the edge of the working area as possible so that if the wind does blow you off course a bit it won’t go into the working area border ring. This will decrease the odds of an unexpected landing and will decrease how often you need to resume the mission.

Tip 4: Avoid the temptation to create a very large working area. Technically the aircraft should be visible any time it’s within the working area.

Looking for more tips and insights on drone technology, products, and operations? Check out our other blog posts to see the latest on drone technology and using drones for your business.

 

January 4, 2016  |  Category: