Novatron – Earthmoving Automation
February 18, 2019
‘Earthmoving Automation’ is the new slogan of Novatron, an expert in intelligent machine control. This slogan also reflects the company’s vision since, following years of rapid growth, its focus will be on the digitalization of infra construction based on developments such as machine automation and robotics.
Novatron, a Finnish company, launched products for the machine control of earthmoving machines years ago, when firms in the earthmoving sector were still hesitant about the new technology. “Digitalization of the earthmoving sector is now well underway. There is demand for our products and consulting services in the infrastructure sector. We have been enjoying growth of over 20 percent a year,” says Marketing Manager Marko Tasala.
Novatron’s main market area is the Nordic countries, where the digitalization of earthmoving is far advanced. Its infrastructure projects are model-based: contractors’ work is guided by 3D models rather than printed plans being spread around locations such as road construction sites. Plans based on data models are transferred digitally, via a range of cloud services, to Xsite® machine control systems developed by Novatron. This provides drivers with information on where and how land should be excavated or filled. Xsite® machine control systems are sold worldwide, with MOBA acting as their global dealer.
Novatron supplies machine manufacturers with robotics solutions and components, as well as turnkey machine control systems. “Our latest solution for the OEM market is semi-automation for excavators, which markedly improves the efficiency of earthmoving, as well as enhancing safety,” says Tasala.
Part of MOBA Group
Novatron is a family firm whose strength lies in almost three decades of experience of machine control solutions and sensor technology. Its solutions support open-data formats, interact with all systems, and are easy to integrate.
”Our slogan, ‘Earthmoving Automation’, also highlights our role as part of MOBA’s organisation. ‘Mobile Automation’ is the slogan of MOBA, which specialises in the automation of mobile heavy machinery. We focus on earthmoving technology and are MOBA Group’s expert on the subject,” explains Marko Tasala.
Novatron has been heavily involved in developing standards and practices in the sector, and is the founder of the international InfraBIM Open conference. This event brings hundreds of people a year to the city of Tampere in Finland to hear about experiences and best practices in infrastructure data modelling, and data management on construction sites.