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Efficient technology: Position Partners Carlson LandfillGrade

Position Partners highlights the multiple productivity and safety benefits of its Carlson LandfillGrade machine guidance system.

In the modern age of landfilling, operators seek the best and most efficient solutions to maximise their bottom line.

Optimising the amount of soil for daily cover, managing vertical space and leachate and gaining access to quality and accurate data are just some of the ways operators are improving their sites. 

Covering all of these areas is Position Partners’ Carlson LandfillGrade machine guidance system, which also helps operators with avoidance zones for gas wells and hazardous material placement. 

The Carlson LandfillGrade machine guidance system aims to optimise the amount of soil used for daily cover. The machine aims to help operators gain the best value from each cubic metre of airspace, aided by alternative daily cover and waste compaction. 

The Carlson system can be installed on a wide range of landfill plants and has a demonstrated track record with Australian waste facilities. 


Through optimised compaction and increased density, the machine assists landfill site operators to maximise the void space of their landfill site.

According to Andrew Granger, National Manager – Mining, Solar and Landfill at Position Partners, the machine’s in-cab system means that machine operators don’t have to guess when they’re at optimum compaction. 

This means that operators aren’t continuing to pass over an area after full compaction has been reached, saving on time, machine wear and fuel costs.


The Carlson LandfillGrade system increases safety on site through improved operator situation awareness and Fixed Hazard Collision Warning technology.

Improved operator situation awareness is achieved through the constant and accurate display of the machine’s position relative to fixed infrastructure or hazards. 

The Fixed Hazard Collision Warning technology provides audible and visual alarms when the machine gets too close to predefined hazards such as buildings.

Carlson LandfillGrade from Position Partners also aids leachate management through accurate and simplified slope designs to control water run-off and minimise leachate for disposal or treatment. The technology eliminates the need for staff to gain access to machines to upload and download data with wireless data exchange.


With the machine, landfill site operators get access to the Carlson Command control, monitoring and data management system. The system transmits data between the machines and the office.

Carlson Command gives operators the ability to gain real-time data on waste compaction and airspace utilisation. The Carlson system also provides instant feedback to compactor operators so that they could operate to design and know when optimal waste compaction has been achieved. 

“Ultimately, data is supposed to make your life easier, not harder, so it’s important to get it working just the way it needs to so that it enables productivity, not hinders it,” Andrew says. 

Service and support are important parts of the Position Partners offering, along with capability and price. 

Andrew says that customers have access to the local team of product specialists who can discuss how the system would be of benefit and optimise it to unique site requirements.

He says that once the technology is implemented, users will have access to Position Partners technical experts (either by phone or email) via Tokara Link remote diagnostics and telematics. 

“Feedback from our customers has always highlighted the importance of timely and efficient support,” Andrew says. 

“We’ve prioritised this with the development of Tokara, which enables our technicians to solve most problems without even visiting the site – the time and cost savings are huge.”

According to Position Partners, Tokara is designed to help operators get the most from a landfill machine guidance with fast, comprehensive support when they need it. The service enables Position Partners’ technicians to connect directly to operator machines via a small telemetry link to offer faster, hassle-free remote support.

“Position Partners technicians are experts in their field and with the remote service capabilities enabled with Tokara Link, the team can assist customers quickly without visiting the machine in person, saving you time and keeping you within your budgets,” Andrew says.

He says that Tokara has been developed in Australia, using local skills and programmers. 

Andrew adds that it has been based around customer requirements, and extensively tested with contractors and end-users throughout the country to ensure it works in the harsh environment of landfilling.

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