Kubota, has launched a new telematics portal to help operators increase machine efficiency and security. The ‘Kubota Tracking System’, as it is called, allows tracking data to be accessed via a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, meaning that it can be seen anywhere at any time.

“As costs in other areas of construction rise, we are trying to develop new ways to help Kubota machine users understand where savings can be made and efficiency increased,” explains Rob White, Division Manager, Construction at Kubota UK.

“Our Kubota Tracking System, that’s being launched on the KX080-4a2 initially,  ensures operators can access all the data from their machines at the touch of a button, allowing them to make informed decisions. This includes considerations around servicing times and fleet movement, alongside additional benefits such as increased visibility of machines that helps with security.”

The 8990kg KX080-4a2 mini excavator was selected as it is deemed to be Kubota's flagship model. It is Kubota's intention to make the new system available for other machines in range as soon as possible, however.

KX080-4a2 owners using the new portal can view machine locations via GPS tracking to oversee the movement of each machine in their fleet. 'Geofencing' is also available, which allows users to designate specific areas of use for each machine, with the portal notifying them if a machine leaves the area. The portal likewise provides alerts signifying a machine's faults, enabling a fast response and resolution.

Increased productivity is achievable thanks to the constant review and analysis of real-time parameters of parts such as machine work rate, operating times, actual operation, occupancy rate (as a percentage), idling time, DPF regeneration history, water and oil temperatures, and fuel consumption.

“Having access to all this real-time data provides the opportunity for Kubota excavator owners to really streamline their processes and adapt fluidly to any and all situations,” adds Rob.

The Kubota Tracking System is available as standard on all Kubota KX080-4a2 excavators, for now. See here for more information, and below for a rock n' roll video introduction.