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Highly Effective Control Solutions and Operator Interfaces from TTControl for Casagrande Drilling Machines

TTControl, a joint-venture company of TTTech Computertechnik AG and HYDAC International GmbH specializing in robust and flexible control systems and intelligent displays for mobile working machines and special vehicles, has been selected by leading foundation equipment manufacturer Casagrande to provide electronic control systems and operator interfaces for the new XP generation of drilling machines.

With the new XP generation of hydraulic crawler drills, Italian based company Casagrande offers a machine suited for harsh environments in different application areas. For the control and visualization system of these machines, Casagrande has decided to choose TTControl as a technology partner.

"TTControl's products offer the level of robustness and reliability that is essential for this kind of work environment," says Marc Weissengruber, Managing Director of TTControl. "Drilling machines, and in particular the new series from Casagrande, requires high-level technological solutions with complex control functions. It is a great opportunity for us to equip the XP series with our platform control and visualisation and ensure compliance to the specifications of the new functional safety standards."

With TTControl's HY-TTC 90, a robust control unit compliant with the international IEC 61508 and ISO/EN 13849 standards on functional safety, it was possible to meet all safety requirements of the drilling machine. HY-TTC 90 fulfills SIL 2 (Safety Integrity Level) and PL d (Performance Level) requirements.

The supervision system of the XP series was actualized with an HY-eVision2 operator interface. All diagnostics of the drilling system and other functions such as displaying parameters of work and alert functions are enabled by the 7-inch variant of the interface. These intelligent monitors are setting new standards with respect to maximum performance, programmability with CODESYS® 3.x, and user-friendliness. For example through the ability to display PDF® documents.

"We have chosen TTControl because of the company's know-how in both electronic control and visualization," states Mario Marchese, Design Manager at Casagrande. "The high-level performance and safety specifications of the TTControl solution responding ideally to the needs and requirements of our strong, compact and versatile XP series of drilling machines."

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