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RDO INTEGRATED CONTROLS BLOG - January, 2017


5 Benefits of Snow Plow Lasers

5 Benefits of Snow Plow Lasers

From Atlanta to Alaska, Portland to Pennsylvania, it seems as though nearly every inch of the country is being blanketed with snow this winter. For snow removal professionals on the East Coast and in the Midwest, this isn’t something new. Moving the white stuff is a frequent occurrence that begins as early as October and can last into spring. However, for several areas of the country, snow plowing is a whole new game.

Regardless of the frequency you plow snow and how much experience you have, every snow plow operator has the same goals and they all boil down to doing the job right. This includes plowing snow efficiently, with minimal property and equipment damage, and above all else, maintaining safety.

Snow plow lasers have emerged as a great tool for every snow plow professional, from beginner to veteran. By using new technology, snow plow lasers have the ability to help drivers see their wing plow trailing edge location. The GL3000PMC Guidance Laser is one which uses an ultra-bright laser spot to establish the trailing edge location.

From better vision to enabling quick adjustments to versatility, here are five reasons a snow plow laser might be the next tool you’ll want in the toolbox.


1. Safety First
When it comes to any jobsite enhancement, it’s hard to find a stronger argument than safety. A snow plow laser establishes a wing or tow plow’s trailing edge location before the driver arrives at that point. This provides a two-fold benefit in that the operator’s visibility is enhanced by the bright laser, plus he or she has the opportunity to adjust course quickly and proactively. Not only does this make roads safer for nearby pedestrians, it helps the operator avoid hitting objects, cars, curbs, or other obstacles for reduced damage to both the equipment and other’s property.


2. Savings Next
Speaking of reduction in damages, the GL3000PMC has been shown to reduce plow strikes by 80% or more. The dollar savings of minimizing both property and equipment damage really add up quickly.

Additionally, the enhanced efficiency of plowing provided with a laser delivers better results, faster, saving both time and resources.


3. Guiding the Way
There are times when a plow operator is working on the road, after a storm. But more often than not, he or she is out there working in the middle of it – blizzards, freezing rain, sleet, and all. Because a laser helps show the pathway of the plow, it’s much easier for the operator to do a thorough job versus when vision is compromised.

This benefit is also huge for those who live in areas that don’t often see snow or those who are new to the task of plowing. The laser helps show drivers the pathway of the plow, allowing them to regularly see and learn the path, and enabling better operation for plow novices.


4. Faster and Cleaner
While the amount of cities that have seen snow this winter is alarming, perhaps more notable is the large dumpings of snow that have come at a time – from a few inches to a foot or more within just a couple of hours. To keep up and try to stay ahead of the continuously falling snow, plow operators need to work faster and clear snow better – both of which can be done with the help of a snow plow laser.

The enhanced visibility of the plow pathway takes the guesswork out of driving, giving operators a clear and more efficient path to plow. This leads to faster plowing and less time spent re-plowing to clean areas missed by the first pass.

5. Versatility
For many plowing professionals, snow business isn’t their only business. The GL3000PMC is a versatile laser that’s designed for both hot and cold weather. This allows it to be used for other applications, such as highway, pavement, and field striping. Virtually any vehicle or heavy equipment, for example, asphalt distributors, needing line control and guidance can benefit from a snow plow laser. 

Whether you live in the south or north, Washington or Wisconsin, if you operate a snow plow, you’ve got an important job to do. Ensure it’s done right, done quickly, and done safely with the help of a snow plow laser.

Get more info on the GL3000PMC snow plow laser. Or contact the RDO Integrated Controls team to find out how to implement a snow plow laser into your business.

 

January 17, 2017  |  Category:

An Evolving UAV Industry – and Customer

An Evolving UAV Industry – and Customer

Not long ago, UAVs were a new technology – admired by many and successfully used by few. Fast forward to today, and drones have found their way onto numerous jobsites, and are successfully being used for numerous applications. However, the story doesn’t end here. In fact, the story of UAV technology on the jobsite likely won’t ever end; instead, it will continue to grow, change, and evolve.

Because of this, RDO Equipment Co. has continued to make significant moves in the UAV space. Our team strives to make the technology and products accessible to more customers, expand offerings to provide more choices, and ensure we’re supporting software solutions that provide more opportunities for our customers to easily manage and use their data. One particular area of focus has been agriculture.

Late last year, RDO Equipment Co. expanded its UAV offerings when it announced its new partnership with Sentera, a UAV-focused company offering image and data solutions for drones. The highlight of this announcement was the addition of the DJI Phantom drone, a quad-copter unit, available at select RDO Equipment Co. stores throughout the country. Read the full news release or watch the video to learn more about the Sentera partnership and products.

Starting this month, RDO Equipment Co. is further expanding UAV offerings by adding to the current lineup of senseFly units to include the new eBee SQ, a drone specifically designed for agriculture. This improved fixed-wing hand-launched drone is capable of 400 acres per flight and carries the popular new Sequoia multispectral sensor. The eBee SQ is capable of infrared and visual spectrum crop inspections simultaneously, and is now available at select RDO Equipment Co. and RDO Integrated Controls stores in all regions. For more info about the senseFly eBee SQ, watch this video.

Meeting the changing needs of customers and an ever-evolving product line doesn’t come without foresight. Looking ahead, the RDO precision agriculture team has five predictions as to what the future holds in UAV technology for farmers.

1. Field Analysis
Continued advancement in field analysis, such as the ability to measure soil characteristics, will allow farmers to make effecting planting and in-season decisions.

2. Water Management
UAV technology has already begun to see use in water management applications, including identifying areas of water stress. Continued growth in this area will offer more in-depth analysis to help with major operational components like precise irrigation scheduling.

3. Crop Health
Evaluating crop health is likely where UAVs will see the most use. Advancements in imaging and analysis will allow growers to identify, assess, and address various crop health issues.

4. Application Technology
While application technology in larger drones is available now, the ability in smaller UAVs is still a few years away. Working prototype systems in development are larger than most existing agriculture drones, which require additional certification to operate.

5. Automated Equipment
In the future, UAV technology will also likely become more integrated with other autonomous equipment. Imagine the efficiency that could be achieved by integrating fully autonomous drones with autonomous tractor technology.

While some of these advancements are likely still a few years from realization, there’s still a lot happening with UAV technology in the present that can significantly impact your business and bottom line. Contact the team at your nearest RDO Equipment Co. or RDO Integrated Controls store to find out more about UAV technology and how it can enhance your current farming operation.


Get more info on precision agriculture offerings from RDO Equipment Co.

See complete UAV products, and learn more about service and support offered from RDO Integrated Controls.

 

January 5, 2017  |  Category: