GCS900 Grade Control System V13.10 Release Notes

RELEASE NOTES
Trimble® GCS900 Grade Control
System for Grading Applications
Version 13.10
Revision A
October 2016
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instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communication.
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This is the October 2016 release (Revision A) of the GCS900 Grade
Control System for Grading Applications Release Notes. It applies to
version 13.10 of the GCS900 Grade Control System software.
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Safety Information
Most accidents that involve product operation, maintenance and repair are caused by failure to
observe basic safety rules or precautions. An accident can often be avoided by recognizing
potentially hazardous situations before an accident occurs. A person must be alert to potential
hazards. This person should also have the necessary training, skills and tools to perform these
functions properly.
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result in injury or death.
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WARNING — This alert warns of a potential hazard which, if not avoided, can cause severe injury.
The meaning of this safety alert symbol is as follows:
Attention! Become Alert! Your Safety is Involved.
The message that appears under the warning explains the hazard and can be either written or
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Operations that may cause product damage are identified by “NOTICE” labels on the product and in
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Trimble cannot anticipate every possible circumstance that might involve a potential hazard. The
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work method or operating technique that is not specifically recommended by Trimble is used, you
must satisfy yourself that it is safe for you and for others. You should also ensure that the product
will not be damaged or be made unsafe by the operation, lubrication, maintenance or repair
procedures that you choose.
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These changes can affect the service that is given to the product. Obtain the complete and most
current information before you start any job. Dealers have the most current information available.
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Safety Information
Safety (Laser)
The IEC and the United States Government Center of Devices for Radiology Health (CDRH) has
classified this laser as a Class II laser product. The maximum radiant power output of this laser is less
than 5 milliwatts.
Refer to the operator's manual of the laser transmitter for installation and operating instructions.
The laser supplied with your Laser System complies with all applicable portions of “Title 21” of the
“Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug
Administration, Federal Register, Volume 50, Number 161, 20 August 1985”.
This laser complies with “OSHA Standards Act, Section 1518.54” for use without eye protection. Eye
protection is not required or recommended. The following safety rules should be observed:
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Never look into a laser beam or point the beam into the eyes of other people. Set the laser at a
height that prevents the beam from flashing directly into people's eyes.
Do not remove any warning signs from the laser.
Use of this product by personnel that are not trained on this product may result in exposure to
hazardous laser light.
If initial service requires the removal of the outer protective cover, removal of the cover must be
performed by trained personnel.
Crushing Prevention and Cutting Prevention
Support the equipment properly when you work beneath the equipment. Do not depend on the
hydraulic cylinders to hold up the equipment. An attachment can fall if a control is moved, or if a
hydraulic line breaks.
Unless you are instructed otherwise, never attempt adjustments while the machine is moving. Also,
never attempt adjustments while the engine is running.
Whenever there are attachment control linkages, the clearance in the linkage area will increase or
the clearance in the linkage area will decrease with movement of the attachment. Stay clear of all
rotating and moving parts.
Keep objects away from moving fan blades. The fan blade will throw objects or cut objects.
Do not use a kinked wire cable or a frayed wire cable. Wear gloves when you handle wire cable.
When you strike a retainer pin with force, the retainer pin can fly out. The loose retainer pin can
injure personnel. Make sure that the area is clear of people when you strike a retainer pin. In order
to avoid injury to your eyes, wear protective glasses when you strike a retainer pin.
Chips or other debris can fly off objects when you strike the objects. Make sure that no one can be
injured by flying debris before striking any object.
Operation
Clear all personnel from the machine and from the area.
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Safety Information
Clear all obstacles from the machine's path. Beware of hazards (wires, ditches, etc).
Be sure that all windows are clean.
Secure the doors and the windows in the open position or in the shut position.
Adjust the rear mirrors (if equipped) for the best visibility close to the machine.
Make sure that the horn, the travel alarm (if equipped), and all other warning devices are working
properly.
Fasten the seat belt securely.
Warm up the engine and the hydraulic oil before operating the machine.
Only operate the machine while you are in a seat.
The seat belt must be fastened while you operate the machine. Only operate the controls while the
engine is running.
While you operate the machine slowly in an open area, check for proper operation of all controls
and all protective devices. Before you move the machine, you must make sure that no one will be
endangered.
Do not allow riders on the machine unless the machine has the following equipment:
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Additional seat belt
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Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS)
Note any needed repairs during machine operation. Report any needed repairs.
Avoid any conditions that can lead to tipping the machine. The machine can tip when you work on
hills, on banks and on slopes. Also, the machine can tip when you cross ditches, ridges or other
unexpected obstructions.
Avoid operating the machine across the slope. When possible, operate the machine up the slopes
and down the slopes.
Maintain control of the machine.
Do not overload the machine beyond the machine capacity.
Be sure that the hitches and the towing devices are adequate.
Never straddle a wire cable. Never allow other personnel to straddle a wire cable.
Before you maneuver the machine, make sure that no personnel are between the machine and the
trailing equipment.
Always keep the Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) installed during machine operation.
Monitor the location of mounted components. Ensure that the components do not come into
contact with other parts of the machine during operation.
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Warnings
WARNING — When replacement parts are required for this product Trimble recommends using Trimble
replacement parts or parts with equivalent specifications including, but not limited to, physical dimensions,
type, strength and material. Failure to heed this warning can lead to premature failures, product damage,
personal injury or death.
WARNING — When transporting machines with removable sensors such as GNSS receivers or UTS targets
installed, if the sensor mounting bracket clamp loosens, then the sensor may be dislodged from the machine
which may result in injury or death. Always remove and store removable sensors prior to transport.
WARNING — When removing or installing removable sensors such as GNSS receivers or UTS targets, if the
sensor is accessed improperly, then a fall may result in injury or death. Always follow site, state or national
Health and Safety guidelines when removing or installing removable sensors.
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Contents
Safety Information
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1 Upgrading the Control Box Operating System
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1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
Introduction
Start the control box in manager mode
Save machine settings
Gather required files
Upgrade the operating system kernel
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2 Upgrading the Control Box Firmware
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2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
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Introduction
Start the control box in manager mode
Gather the required files
Upgrade the control box firmware
2.4.1 Loading system software option keys
2.4.2 Updating the control box firmware
3 Upgrading Device Firmware
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3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
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Introduction
Swapping GNSS receivers of different generations
Start the control box in manager mode
Check device firmware version
Upgrade device firmware
Enabling optional GNSS receiver features and extensions
3.6.1 Applying GNSS option key files
3.6.2 Manually applying GNSS option keys
4 New Features
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4.1
4.2
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User documentation
New features
5 Common Features
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5.1
5.2
5.3
5.4
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5.5
Support of Inches as a units option
Navigate to point
QZSS support on the MS9x2 receiver
GNSS receiver xFill technology support
5.4.1 Supported GNSS receivers
New UTS capabilities
6 Dozer Features
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6.1
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Introduction
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Contents
6.2
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Lift Only Dozer configuration
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7 Excavator Features
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7.1
7.2
7.3
7.4
7.5
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Tiltrotator support
Configurable machine icon color
Configuring the machine direction in profile view
New text items available in 2D + GNSS
Record Point enabled in 2D + GNSS
8 Towed Scraper Features
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Support for a single-laser towed scraper system
9 Improvements
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9.1
9.2
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Introduction
Improvements
9.2.1 Control box
9.2.2 The MS975 GNSS Smart Antenna
9.2.3 The MS995 GNSS Smart Antenna
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CHAPTER
1
Upgrading the Control Box Operating
System
In this chapter:
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Introduction
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Start the control box in manager mode
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Save machine settings
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Gather required files
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Upgrade the operating system kernel
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This chapter explains how to upgrade the
control box operating system.
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1
Upgrading the Control Box Operating System
1.1 Introduction
The required CB450 and CB460 control box operating system version for the version 13.10 software
is 7.6.0.
CAUTION — Once an upgrade has started, you must not connect or disconnect devices on the harness. System
power must not be lost during the upgrade process.
To upgrade the control box operating system, follow the instructions in these sections, in the
following order:
1. Start the control box in manager mode.
2. Save the machine and display settings on your control box.
3. Gather required files and copy the upgrade files onto the root directory of the USB flash drive.
4. Upgrade the operating system kernel.
ATTENTION — Only use a USB flash drive with a metal surround on the connector (1), similar to the USB
flash drive supplied with the product.
When using a USB flash drive with plastic surrounding the connector (2), the control box may fail to
recognize the drive.
When using a USB flash drive with no metal surround on the connector (3), the drive can be inserted upside
down, contact can be broken and the file transfer process can be interrupted.
ATTENTION — The system only supports USB flash drives formatted as FAT32.
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Upgrading the Control Box Operating System 1
ATTENTION — USB flash drives version 3.0 are not supported.
1.2 Start the control box in manager mode
Manager mode lets you access menu items that are not available in the standard operating mode.
These menu items control the configuration of the system as a whole, and are normally used when
installing and configuring the system.
To start the system in Manager mode, press and hold \ as you press P. Make sure that you
hold down \ until the opening screen appears.
1.3 Save machine settings
Before upgrading, save the machine and display settings and then copy the settings (*.mch and
.dsp) files onto your computer.
1.4 Gather required files
To upgrade the control box operating system, use operating system files 7.6.0 or later. The correct
versions of operating system files are available on the USB flash drive supplied with the GCS900
Grade Control System 13.10 kit.
1.5 Upgrade the operating system kernel
To upgrade the operating system kernel:
1. Turn off the control box.
2. Insert the USB flash drive with the operating system files into the control box USB slot.
3. Turn on the control box using the following procedure:
a. Press and hold an arrow key, for example [.
b. Press and release the power key P. Continue to hold the arrow key for at least 10 seconds.
4. After a short delay the Application Manager dialog appears.
5. To continue with the upgrade press Upgrade.
6. The dialog displays the progress of the upgrade. When the upgrade completes, press OK
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1
Upgrading the Control Box Operating System
ATTENTION – The Application Manager dialog gives you the option to press OK to restart or = to continue, however
you can only press OK.
7. After you press OK to continue, the upgrade process runs automatically and a progress dialog is
displayed.
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2
Upgrading the Control Box Firmware
In this chapter:
n
Introduction
n
Start the control box in manager mode
n
Gather the required files
n
Upgrade the control box firmware
2
This chapter describes how to update the
control box firmware.
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2
Upgrading the Control Box Firmware
2.1 Introduction
If your control box runs a previous version of the GCS900 Grade Control System, you must upgrade
the control box firmware to version 13.10.
CAUTION — Once an upgrade has started, you must not connect or disconnect devices on the harness. System
power must not be lost during the upgrade process.
To upgrade the control box firmware, follow the instructions in these sections, in the following
order:
1. Start the control box in manager mode.
2. Save the machine and display settings on your control box.
3. Gather required files and copy the upgrade files onto the root directory of the USB flash drive.
4. Upgrade the control box firmware.
ATTENTION — Only use a USB flash drive with a metal surround on the connector (1), similar to the USB
flash drive supplied with the product.
When using a USB flash drive with plastic surrounding the connector (2), the control box may fail to
recognize the drive.
When using a USB flash drive with no metal surround on the connector (3), the drive can be inserted upside
down, contact can be broken and the file transfer process can be interrupted.
ATTENTION — The system only supports USB flash drives formatted as FAT32.
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ATTENTION — USB flash drives version 3.0 are not supported.
2.2 Start the control box in manager mode
Manager mode lets you access menu items that are not available in the standard operating mode.
These menu items control the configuration of the system as a whole, and are normally used when
installing and configuring the system.
To start the system in Manager mode, press and hold \ as you press P. Make sure that you
hold down \ until the opening screen appears.
2.3 Gather the required files
To upgrade the control box firmware, use firmware version 13.10.
For more information on option keys, see 2.4.1 Loading system software option keys.
2.4 Upgrade the control box firmware
Complete the following procedures:
Procedure Brief description
For more information, see ...
1
Load the keys for the software options you have
purchased
2.4.1 Loading system software option
keys
2
Update the system firmware
2.4.2 Updating the control box firmware
2.4.1 Loading system software option keys
1. From any guidance screen, press M.
2. Press Installation. The Setup Menu – Installation dialog appears.
3. Select Option Keys and press \. The Option Keys dialog appears.
4. Select Control Box and press \. The Option Keys - Control Box dialog appears.
5. Look at the date of the Software Support item:
If the date is ON or AFTER 12th of October 2016, the option key is currently valid for
running the latest version of firmware.
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Upgrading the Control Box Firmware
If the date is BEFORE 12th of October 2016, software support has expired and you must
install a current option key before any new control box firmware is usable.
6. To install a current Software Support option key, insert a USB flash drive, with the option key
text file stored in the root directory, into the control box USB slot. The option key text file is read
and the option keys updated.
7. Press \ to return to the Option Key dialog.
2.4.2 Updating the control box firmware
CAUTION — Once an upgrade has started, you must not connect or disconnect devices on the harness. System
power must not be lost during the upgrade process.
1. Turn off the control box.
2. Insert the USB flash drive into the control box USB slot.
3. Turn on the control box using the following procedure:
a. Press and hold an arrow key, for example [.
b. Press and release the power key P. Continue to hold the arrow key for at least 10 seconds.
You are asked to select the .SG3 or .SG4 file for the upgrade.
4. Select the correct file for your display.
5. Press \. The control box application upgrades. This takes a few minutes.
6. The control box automatically turns off once the upgrade is finished.
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3
Upgrading Device Firmware
In this chapter:
n
Introduction
n
Start the control box in manager mode
n
Check device firmware version
n
Upgrade device firmware
3
This chapter tells you how to upgrade the
firmware for sensors and other devices in the
system.
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3
Upgrading Device Firmware
3.1 Introduction
When you turn on the system after upgrading the control box firmware, the system may display an
“old firmware” warning, or, in the case of GNSS receiver firmware, the No GNSS Data flashing
message. If either of these messages are displayed, you must upgrade the firmware of one or more
devices.
To upgrade device firmware, follow the instructions in these sections, in the following order:
1. Start the control box in manager mode.
2. Check the device firmware version.
3. Upgrade device firmware.
Note – If you use an SPS730 or SPS930 instrument for UTS positioning, the minimum firmware
version that the instrument must run is v6.1.92.
3.2 Swapping GNSS receivers of different generations
The control box must be power cycled when swapping receivers of different generations (e.g. MS9x2
to MS9x5). Not doing so will impact more than just the ability to upgrade firmware.
3.3 Start the control box in manager mode
Manager mode lets you access menu items that are not available in the standard operating mode.
These menu items control the configuration of the system as a whole, and are normally used when
installing and configuring the system.
To start the system in Manager mode, press and hold \ as you press P. Make sure that you
hold down \ until the opening screen appears.
3.4 Check device firmware version
When the control box firmware is upgraded, the most recent device firmware files are available on
the control box. The minimum firmware version required for system operation and the firmware
version available on the control box are listed in the following table:
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Device ...
Required FW
Available FW Available FW
file name
Used by these systems
AS400 angle sensor
1.90
3.04
AS400304.s
Indicate and Automatic
grader and dozer
Excavator
AS45x angle sensor
3.00
3.00
AS450300.s
Excavator
Compactor
Wheel loader
AS460 angle sensor
3.00
3.00
AS460300.s
Excavator
EM400 electric mast
1.50
1.86
EM400186.s
Indicate and Automatic
grader and dozer
GS420 grade sensor
1.04
1.04
GS420104.s
Indicate and Automatic
grader, dozer and wheel
loader
HS410 cab rotation
sensor
1.05
1.05
HS410105.s
Excavator
LC450 laser catcher
3.00
3.00
LC450300.s
Excavator
LR410 laser receiver
2.08
2.08
LR410208.s
Indicate and Automatic
grader and dozer
MS9x2 GNSS receiver
4.89
5.06
MS9x2506.s
3D Indicate or Automatic
systems that use MS9x2
GNSS receivers as the
source for 3D positions
MS9x5 GNSS receiver
5.14
5.14
MS9x5514.s
3D Indicate or Automatic
systems that use MS9x5
GNSS receivers as the
source for 3D positions
MT900 active UTS
target
1.10
1.10
MT900110.s
3D Indicate or Automatic
systems that use Trimble
SPS730/930 UTS
instruments as the source
for 3D positions
RS400 rotation sensor
1.88
1.89
RS400189.s
Cross slope Indicate and
Automatic grader and dozer
SNRx10 radio
5.02
5.52
SNxxx552.s
Machines that use the
SNRx10 radio
Note – You can use the
control box to upgrade
SNRx10 radios.
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Upgrading Device Firmware
Device ...
Required FW
Available FW Available FW
file name
Used by these systems
SNRx20 radio
5.11
5.52
Machines that use the
SNRx20 radio
SNxxx552.s
Note – You can use the
control box to upgrade
SNRx20 radios.
SNM940 radio
N/A
7.3.0
N/A
Systems that need wireless
communication
SR300 laser receiver
1.11
2.31
SR_231.s
Indicate and Automatic
dozer and grader
ST400
1.04
1.04
ST400104.s
Indicate and Automatic
graders and dozers
VM410 valve
controller
1.74
1.74
VM410174.s
Automatic systems that use
voltage-driven hydraulic
valves
VM415 valve
controller
1.00
1.00
N/A
Automatic systems that
interface directly with the
machine's hydraulic system
VM420 valve
controller
1.87
1.87
VM420187.s
Automatic systems that use
current-driven hydraulic
valves
VM430 valve
controller
2.06
N/A
N/A
Automatic systems that use
voltage- and current-driven
hydraulic valves
To determine the devices that require a firmware upgrade:
1. Press \ to go from a firmware warning message to the Diagnostics screen. Otherwise, press
M and select Diagnostics. The Diagnostics dialog appears.
2. Use the Diagnostics dialog to identify the devices that require a firmware upgrade. If, for
example, the GNSS status is:
“Connected” and the firmware version displays, no further action is required.
Note – Even if no further action is required, it is always good practice to upgrade to the
most recent firmware available.
“App. 4.89 required” (or similar), upgrade to the required version.
3. Make a list of the devices that require a firmware upgrade. This list is used later in this procedure.
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3.5 Upgrade device firmware
CAUTION — Once an upgrade has started, you must not connect or disconnect devices on the harness. System
power must not be lost during the upgrade process.
1. From any guidance screen, press M.
2. Press Installation. The Setup Menu – Installation dialog appears.
3. Select Upgrade Firmware and press \. The Upgrade Firmware dialog appears.
4. To upgrade a particular device, select the device name and the firmware version that you want
to upgrade and press \. If a required firmware upgrade does not appear in the Upgrade
Firmware dialog, then the firmware is not available on the control box.
Perform the required upgrades in the following order:
a. Some devices require loader firmware. If a loader firmware upgrade is required, the loader
firmware must be upgraded before the device application firmware is upgraded. The
following table shows current loader firmware:
Loader firmware file
LO400103.s
Loader for ...
EM400 electric mast, and the LR400 and SR300 laser
receivers
b. Upgrade remaining device firmware.
3.6 Enabling optional GNSS receiver features and
extensions
Optional GNSS receiver features and extensions are enabled using GNSS option keys. Once an
option key is applied it persists through firmware upgrades, and does not need to be reapplied after
an upgrade.
Each GNSS option key is valid for a specific GNSS receiver, identified by the receiver serial number,
and may turn on or off multiple functions or change the expiry date of a feature’s availability.
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Upgrading Device Firmware
3.6.1 Applying GNSS option key files
To apply a GNSS option key file:
1. Obtain a valid option key file.
2. Copy the option key file to the root directory of a USB flash drive. The file is named “GNSS Option
Keys <serial number>.txt”, where <serial number> is the serial number of the GNSS receiver.
3. From the Setup Menu – Installation menu, select Option Keys.
4. From the Option Keys dialog, select the GNSS receiver that the option keys apply to, for example
GNSS – Left, and press \. The Option Keys - <receiver> dialog appears.
5. Insert the USB flash drive into the control box USB slot. The option key text file is read and the
option keys updated.
Note – If there is a GNSS receiver communication failure, the No response from receiver dialog
appears. Check the connections of the GNSS receiver and try again.
6. When the update is complete, a dialog similar to the following appears:
7. The message shows if the option key was successfully applied or if it failed. Press \ to
continue.
You do not need to complete this procedure again unless the option key expires or you want to
change the available functions for a GNSS receiver. It is recommended that you delete the option
key file from your USB flash drive.
8. Press = to return to the Option Keys dialog.
3.6.2 Manually applying GNSS option keys
To manually apply a GNSS option key:
1. From the Setup Menu – Installation menu, select Option Keys.
2. From the Option Keys dialog, select the GNSS receiver that the option key applies to, for example
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MS992 – Left, and press \. The Option Keys - <receiver> dialog appears.
3. Use the arrow keys to enter the option key string.
Tip – If a USB keyboard is available, then use the keyboard to enter the option key string.
4. Press \. The option key updates and a message shows if the option key was correctly applied.
Press \.
Note – If there is a GNSS receiver communication failure, the No response from receiver dialog
appears. Check the connections of the GNSS receiver and try again.
5. Press = to return to the Option Keys dialog.
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4
New Features
In this chapter:
n
User documentation
n
New features
4
This chapter introduces the new features and
changes provided in this release.
GCS900 Grade Control System Release Notes 27
4
New Features
4.1 User documentation
This release of the GCS900 Grade Control System provides release notes and a full set of user
documentation.
4.2 New features
V 13.10 is an all machine release. This release offers the following new features:
For this machine type ...
All machine types
The system now supports ...
l
l
l
l
Navigate to point
UTS transitions
Inches as a unit
GNSS support:
See ...
5 Common Features
xFill technology
MSS-band configuration
QZSS tracking for MS9x2
Dozer
Lift-only support
6 Dozer Features
Motor Grader
Bobcat grader blade support
1 Motor Grader Features
Excavator
l
l
l
l
l
Towed Scraper
28
Engcon/Steelwrist support
Configurable machine icon
colours
Profile view direction flip
7 Excavator Features
2D + GNSS text items
2D + GNSS Record Point
Single-laser towed scraper support
GCS900 Grade Control System Release Notes
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CHAPTER
5
Common Features
In this chapter:
n
Support of Inches as a units option
n
Navigate to point
n
QZSS support on the MS9x2 receiver
n
GNSS receiver xFill technology support
n
New UTS capabilities
5
This chapter describes the new features of the
system that apply to all machine types.
GCS900 Grade Control System Release Notes 29
5
Common Features
5.1 Support of Inches as a units option
Note – By default, this is a Manager mode item. For more information, see 3.3 Start the control
box in manager mode.
The Units dialog now allows you to select inches as a unit of measure.
When inches is set as the unit of measure:
l
All cut / fill values are shown in inches
l
All offsets and depth memories are entered in inches
This is specifically useful for residential construction in the United States where the majority of these
plans are specified in inches.
5.2 Navigate to point
For all 3D machines and for excavators configured as 2D + GNSS systems, the system can navigate
the operator to a selected point.
Use the Navigate to Point feature to check the position of the cutting edge, or to locate an object or
point on a work site. In Plan view, text items and a green line guide you to the point. As you get
closer, a cross-hair in the Profile and Cross-section views helps the operator navigate the cutting
edge focus directly onto the point.
Note – The lightbars will continue to give guidance to the design, not the point.
Navigation points can be defined in a number of ways:
l
You can manually enter new points.
l
You can load a custom points file onto your control box.
l
You can use the Record Point feature to record points.
5.3 QZSS support on the MS9x2 receiver
This release of the GCS900 Grade Control System supports QZSS tracking on the MS9x2 GNSS
receiver.
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5.4 GNSS receiver xFill technology support
This release of the GCS900 Grade Control System supports the following Trimble xFill™ technology
capable GNSS receivers:
l
MS995
l
MS975
xFill technology is an RTK extension service (single base or VRS). When the primary RTK correction
stream is lost — during radio or internet connection outages — it can "fill in" for RTK corrections
temporarily.
Note – Before the xFill technology can be used the GNSS receiver(s) requires approximately 20
minutes of line-of-sight to the MSS-band satellite and in the Diagnostics - GNSS dialog, the GNSS
mode must be 'RTK (fixed)'.
5.4.1 Supported GNSS receivers
This release of the GCS900 Grade Control System supports the new MS975 and MS995 GNSS
receivers.
Note – The constellation(s) and tracked signals a GNSS receiver can follow are controlled by option
keys.
Receiver model
Mounting
Optional upgrades
MS975
Cab or Blade
Standard
Tracking capability
l
l
l
l
l
DGNSS
GPS
SBAS
QZSS
xFill technology
and/or
Upgradeable options
l
l
l
l
RTK
GLONASS
Galileo
BeiDou
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5
Common Features
Receiver model
Mounting
Optional upgrades
MS995
Cab or Blade
Standard
Tracking capability
l
l
l
l
l
DGNSS
GPS
SBAS
QZSS
xFill technology
and/or
Upgradeable options
l
l
l
l
RTK
GLONASS
Galileo
BeiDou
5.5 New UTS capabilities
V13.10 introduces support for using up to five UTS instruments and two targets, and the ability to
set thresholds for distance and position variations.
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6
Dozer Features
In this chapter:
n
Introduction
n
Lift Only Dozer configuration
6
This chapter introduces the new features of the
system that are used by track type tractors.
GCS900 Grade Control System Release Notes 33
6
Dozer Features
6.1 Introduction
The v13.10 release includes lift only support for track type tractors. This allows machine types such
as trenchers or other single function non-standard machines that cannot drive tilt to be used.
6.2 Lift Only Dozer configuration
Note – By default, this is a Manager mode item. For more information, see 3.3 Start the control
box in manager mode.
The Machine Settings wizard now allows you to select a Lift Only Dozer as a machine model.
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7
Excavator Features
In this chapter:
n
Tiltrotator support
n
Configurable machine icon color
n
Configuring the machine direction in profile
view
n
New text items available in 2D + GNSS
n
Record Point enabled in 2D + GNSS
7
This chapter introduces the new features of the
system that are used by excavators.
GCS900 Grade Control System Release Notes 35
7
Excavator Features
7.1 Tiltrotator support
This release of GCS900 Grade Control System now supports tiltrotator attachments from both
Engcon and Steelwrist.
Installation kits for supported tiltrotator attachments are available from your SITECH dealer.
7.2 Configurable machine icon color
Note – By default, this is a Manager mode item. For more information on starting the control box
in manager mode, see 3.3 Start the control box in manager mode
Use the Machine Symbol screen in the Machine Settings wizard to select a color for the excavator
icon from a list of typical excavator colors:
7.3 Configuring the machine direction in profile view
This release of GCS900 Grade Control System lets you configure the direction of the machine in
profile view.
7.4 New text items available in 2D + GNSS
Note – By default, this is a Manager mode item. For more information on starting the control box
in manager mode, see 3.3 Start the control box in manager mode
Version 13.10 offers the following new text items for an excavator when operating in 2D + GNSS
mode.
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Table 7.1 — Text items - 2D + GNSS systems
This item ...
Shows the ...
Easting (3D)
Easting at the cutting edge focus.
Elevation (3D)
Elevation at the cutting edge focus.
Northing (3D)
Northing at the cutting edge focus.
7.5 Record Point enabled in 2D + GNSS
2D + GNSS now supports the Record Point feature, which enables you to record all created points
into a single points.csv file on the control box.
You can access the Record Point dialog from the Setup Menu - Configuration dialog, or via the
Record Point softkey on the guidance screen. However, the softkey is only visible when Record
Point has been set to Yes in the Main Screen Softkeys section in Main Screen Views.
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7 Excavator Features
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8
Towed Scraper Features
In this chapter:
n
Support for a single-laser towed scraper
system
8
This chapter introduces the new features of the
system that towed scrapers can use.
GCS900 Grade Control System Release Notes 39
8
Towed Scraper Features
8.1 Support for a single-laser towed scraper system
The v13.10 release includes single laser receiver functionality for towed scrapers. The following
sensor configurations are not supported:
l
Dual laser receivers
l
Sonic tracers
Electric masts on towed scrapers are now also supported.
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9
Improvements
In this chapter:
n
Introduction
n
Improvements
9
This chapter provides information about
improvements made to the GCS900 Grade
Control System software and hardware since
the last release.
GCS900 Grade Control System Release Notes 41
9
Improvements
9.1 Introduction
System improvements include:
l
changes to the software and/or hardware to enhance existing features – improvements
l
changes to the software and/or hardware to correct known issues – fixes
9.2 Improvements
9.2.1 Control box
l
l
The control box operating system v7.6.0 supports minor changes to control box hardware and
prevents downgrading to earlier versions that do not support the new hardware. The changes are
due to routine maintenance only and do not affect any control box specifications.
This version of the firmware has fixed the v13.00 issue of the control box locking-up due to CAN
driver traffic.
9.2.2 The MS975 GNSS Smart Antenna
l
If you use a magnetic mount, the workaround of subtracting 1 cm from the measure up is no
longer necessary.
9.2.3 The MS995 GNSS Smart Antenna
l
42
In previous versions of the grade control system, for a dual GNSS system with a MS995 receiver
and a MS990 or MS992 receiver, the system provided incorrect guidance. This version of the
firmware fixes the issue.
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