Plano-based Hilti NA Launches New Time-Saving Digital Layout Tool

Labor shortages continue to hit many industries, including construction. To help address that, Plano-based Hilti North America has released a new camera-based “single operator” digital layout tool designed to save time and make jobsite layout crews more productive.

The tech behind the new Hilti 400 brings improved accuracy, faster layout speed, advanced prism tracking, and auto calibration, the company says—all while requiring  “minimal training to use.”

The PLT 400 can take BIM-designed digital plans and lay them out without having to create points on the plans first—a big time saver, according to Hilti. It can also be used during the building process to help keep BIM models up to date, “contributing to a highly efficient end-to-end workflow.” Hilti’s digital construction software is compatible with Revit, AutoCAD, and other professional layout platforms.

“We took customer feedback on our previous total stations and addressed those pain points with the launch of the PLT 400,” said Michael Haugtvedt, product manager for measuring, in a statement. “This camera-based tool has enhanced prism tracking and upgraded communications making sure you stay connected and increase layout productivity on the jobsite, while a built-in calibration module helps ensure your layout is within spec every time you turn the tool on.”

The tool will be available later this month throughout the U.S. and Canada

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