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World first from Unicontrol: bespoke 3D machine control for backhoe operation

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First off, Unicontrol pioneered a trail-blazing 3D machine control system designed for small excavators. The Danish developer is now ready to launch its latest innovation: an intuitive control system intended specifically for backhoe loaders. The project was run in partnership with Huddig, the renowned Swedish machine manufacturer. Together, the two companies have developed a user-friendly control system for machine operators that not only widens the scope of backhoe operations, but also paves the way to increased
profits. At the same time, distribution and service have been given a shot in the arm via a new partnership agreement with L5 Navigation, which runs 15 local offices in Finland, Norway, and Sweden.

The less time construction machines spend standing still on site, the better it is for the bottom line of the project. Even though backhoes are much more versatile than standard excavators, these machines are often overlooked on large construction sites because – until
now – there has not been a 3D control system that covered all their many functions. As a result, backhoes have not been able to collate all the relevant data and keep pace with the wave of digitalisation sweeping through the construction sector.

It is this challenge that Unicontrol has now neatly tackled in partnership with Huddig. The parties worked closely with backhoe operators in the development project to assure a peerless level of user-friendliness in the final, patent pending, universal solution.
Bengt Thisner is a backhoe operator with PEAB, a Nordic contractor that employs 15,000 people. He has had the opportunity to test the new Unicontrol solution in his Huddig machine.

“I had Unicontrol 3D installed in my backhoe in January 2021. It’s turned out to be an excellent solution and I’m really pleased with it. The technical functions are helpful and stable, and it’s easy to use. All in all, it’s a solid, reliable aid to my backhoe work,” he says.
As an added bonus, the new system means that Bengt’s employer no longer has to use surveyors and labourers to mark the site out manually – they can devote their time to more profitable tasks instead.


As a pioneer in the development of 3D machine control for all kinds of excavators, Unicontrol now has a network of 21 dealers supplying local service and support throughout Finland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as on its domestic market in Denmark. The company is
expanding operations from Scandinavia into the rest of Europe, where Unicontrol is already receiving an increasing stream of enquiries from interested dealers, OEM partners and end
customers.

Operators up and running quickly
Every year, Huddig delivers 160 advanced backhoe loaders to the building and construction industry in Europe and the United States, and the machines are now available with the option of Unicontrol 3D machine control.

“When all machines on a construction project can work on the basis of digital coordinates, a few clicks is all it takes for the foreman to send instructions and data to all the machine operators on site. As well as improving efficiency on the construction site, this assures a high level of quality and precision in the actual excavation work, and in the associated documentation,” explains Daniel Myrgren, Marketing Manager at Huddig, which is based in Hudiksvall, Sweden.

At Unicontrol’s new partner L5 Navigation, Johan Spector is gearing up for a swift expansion of 3D machine control systems for backhoe loaders and other excavators in Finland, Norway, and Sweden: “The test operators have welcomed the backhoe control solution with open arms, because there haven’t been any viable solutions on the market before. So, we’re already hearing a lot of interest from the Nordic construction and machine industry. We’ve been working with machine control systems since 2013, and the dream team of Unicontrol, L5 Navigation and Huddig offers the construction industry the best possible solution at an extremely manageable price. The Unicontrol 3D system is actually so straightforward that operators can get to grips with it and start using it in as little as 30 minutes – even if they have no previous experience with similar systems.”

The two Swedish companies are quick to express their delight with their new Danish partner: “Unicontrol is impressive on several levels. It’s a growth company with a highly dedicated, technically experienced and efficient team, and it has solid backing from a number of major tech investors,” emphasises Daniel Myrgren from Huddig.

Unicontrol expanding rapidly
The Unicontrol 3D system has been developed on the basis of user involvement and process analyses of the workflow that applies in the construction industry. The solution is suitable for machines with a derrick, swivel arm and bucket that are fitted with sensors. For
its next project, Unicontrol is already working hard on developing a consolidated system for backhoe loaders that makes it possible to control both the front loader and the excavator arm.

Ehsan Ekhlas, CEO at Unicontrol, has nothing but praise for the company’s new partners:
“It’s a real pleasure to work with an experienced manufacturer like Huddig on the development of state-of-the-art machine control systems that add value to their machines and for customers in the construction industry. We can now continue to build on the
excellent experience from both excavators and backhoe loaders, using it to adapt the technology to accommodate even more of the requests from the construction industry regarding modern machine control. We’re also delighted, through our partnership with L5
Navigation, to be able to offer skilled sales and service from a network of 15 offices in the Nordic region. The experts at L5 Navigation have a combined total of 250 years of experience with 3D machine control,” he concludes.


Unicontrol was founded in 2018 and recorded a five-fold increase in its turnover for 2020, returning a positive result on the bottom line for the second year in succession. The company currently employs 17 people and is now seeking seven more. The majority of the
staff work at the head office in Odense, Denmark, although some are based in Poland.

For more information:

Unicontrol: Ehsan Ekhlas, +45 22 38 90 19

L5 Navigation Systems: Johan Spector, +46 72-528 99 58

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New, Nordic ConTech partnership brings Unicontrol 3D to new Scandinavian markets

Unicontrol signed a partnership agreement with a Swedish supplier of machine control technology, L5 Navigation. The partnership will bring Unicontrol3D to the rest of Scandinavia. 

The new generation of the machine control system, L5 U3D-X, will be launched in Sweden, Norway, and Finland, as a part of L5’s product range. The system will be distributed and serviced by L5 Navigation. The official launch is on the 1st of March, and people can already place orders.

The system’s core is our software, Unicontrol3D, a user-focused system developed by people with in-depth technical knowledge and many years of experience from the machine control industry. The main goal is to make the operator’s job easier, something both Unicontrol and L5 Navigation strive for.

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Our CEO, Ehsan Ekhlas, says: “Unicontrol is immensely excited to partner up with L5. With Unicontrol3D, a combined hardware platform, and L5’s local market and machine knowledge, we are confident that we have a product that fits the needs of any contractor, operator, and machine across the different markets. We are happy to know that all of our nordic customers will enjoy the benefits of L5’s experienced employee and service network across the different markets.” 

L5 Navigation is an established distributor in the respective markets with a deep understanding of the industry’s demand and experience. They have been searching for the next system that focuses on the end customer, the machine operator, and a system applied to all types of excavators.

CEO of L5 Navigation, Martin Lindgren, says: “Machine control is perceived as a bit complicated, but now we see great opportunities to let more people take part in its full potential with an extremely easy-to-use system. Also, we have always had the ambition to develop a solution that provides better profitability much faster than our industry colleagues, which we consider ourselves to have succeeded in”.

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Regional Sales Manager – Scandinavia

Are you ready to develop and execute new and ambitious sales goals within the Scandinavian region? Are you excellent in personal services and sales techniques and want to be part of a highly dedicated and diverse team that’s set up for success? Then you are exactly what we are looking for! 

Key responsibilities: 

  • Develop, cultivate, and train a distributor network capable of supporting Unicontrols product solutions and maximizing market penetration. 
  • ​Co-create accountability for regional market action plans with specific objectives and implementation strategies to deliver growth, market share, and profitability improvement in the distributor’s territory.
  • Identify and establish new/complementary distributor organizations to cover the entire product and solutions portfolio across all relevant markets.
  • Support marketing initiatives with customers in the territory (beta sites, focus groups, product management visits, etc.) and provide feedback of market needs to the Product Management team. 
  • Establish a relationship of mutual trust and business partnership with all distributors.
  • Exhibit and promote company core values of strong teamwork, honesty, determination, and maintain a professional company image at all times. 

Overall, you will manage multiple channels of distribution in the region, driving long-term strategic goals, and initiatives while developing dealer relationships that ensure successful sales of all Unicontrol 3D systems. 

Personal strengths:

  • Comfortable in an environment of change and constant state of flux.
  • Relationship development – respected by staff, peers, and distributor principals.
  • Teamwork – The ability to operate successfully within a multifunctional and global company. 
  • Planning and organization. 
  • Business acumen.
  • Result-focused: strong work ethic, an enthusiastic sense of urgency, a proven track record of delivering results.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate with stakeholders at levels ranging from senior managers to frontline technical staff.
  • Complete assignments, and meet deadlines and commitments.

Key Skills:

  • Fluent in Swedish and English. 
  • Solid understanding of small business dynamics, and the challenges of fast growth.
  • Ability to travel +/-75%, domestically, and internationally, with a high degree of schedule flexibility.
  • Ability to find effective solutions to resolve complex, difficult problems.
  • Experience with sales management and project management. 
  • Solid understanding of the advanced technology distribution business.
  • A sufficient understanding of technology products and their value to the customer.
  • Strong analytical skills regarding markets, competition, financial, and operational performance. 

Desired Background:

  • BS degree in technical engineering or business-related field, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Five or more years in sales and management.
  • Can demonstrate successful results in sales management. 
  • Mechanical and educational aptitude to maintain and improve understanding of the application and operation of the sector’s products and services.
  • Keen understanding of navigation systems.

If you recognize yourself in the above description, send us your CV and application where you specify why and how you will fulfill our requirements, what you can bring to our team based on your core values. 

If you have any questions, please call our CEO, Ehsan Ekhlas at 89 80 02 40.  

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Marketing, Communication, & Administration Intern

Unicontrol is a fast-growing tech start-up based in Odense, Denmark. We’re a dynamic team that is currently expanding. As a member of the Unicontrol team, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills creatively – and the chance to be part of a fast-growing company. You will be part of a diverse team of down-to-earth professionals. We value professional work and healthy relationships.

Our Marketing and Administration offices are looking for an office ninja to help out with marketing, communication and diverse administrative tasks. 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Complete miscellaneous layout and design projects using Adobe Creative Suite
  • Provide writing support for materials, including content writing,  e-newsletters, social media, website content, etc.
  • Ordering office supplies and equipment to ensure the smooth running of the office 
  • Maintain work stations for other colleagues when necessary

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • You are pursuing a bachelor’s degree, preferably in Communications, Graphic Design, Marketing, or Business.
  • Computer skills; proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and social media. 
  • Detail-oriented and organized with strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of modern office procedures 
  • Fluency in Danish and English 

Skills: 

  • Attention to details 
  • Articulate 
  • strong communication skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Flexible 
  • Able to work in a busy environment handling administrative matters

Employment: ASAP

Send your CV and short motivational letter to jobs@unicontrol.io

Potential candidates will be interviewed on an ongoing basis.

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Unicontrol signed a deal with the biggest Danish construction company, Aarsleff

Unicontrol is now the leading supplier of machine control for all compact excavators at Aarsleff.

Bo Mikkelsen, head of the machinery division in Aarsleffs construction and earthmoving department, says :

“We see Unicontrol and the team behind as an exciting bid for machine control with 3D solutions for excavators with a swingarm in our case. Pricing is reasonable, and they are the first movers in the area of smaller-to medium-sized excavators when it comes to 3D machine control systems. Simultaneously, it is a very userfriendly and attractive solution, especially in our 8-tonnes excavators, as this segment quite often has different operators, he says.

“To Aarsleff, it is essential that we have a reliable backup from our suppliers. Unicontrol is very strong in support and living up to our high expectations in their journey to become an established supplier of machine control systems”, he adds.

Frank Andreasen, machine instructor at Aarsleff, comments:

“We have for some time been looking for a system that fits into our small and midsized excavators. The systems that we use on our bigger excavators are too expensive and complicated for the smaller machines. The system from Unicontrol, on the other hand, fits because it is easily installed and reasonably priced. It is fast and easy for the operator to get comfortable operating the system, even when he has no previous experience with machine control – this is an essential issue in a busy everyday operation like ours”.

Ehsan Ekhlas, CEO in Unicontrol says:

“This is a breakthrough for us. The deal means that our products and solutions have been acknowledged and recognized by one of the major construction companies, even by northern European standards, and this can lift us to a higher level in development, both in Denmark and
internationally, he says, and he continues:

“And that is precisely our objective, set together with our investors and co-owners. Working with our system installed means improving efficiency because the system is developed on a high level of user-involvement and process-analyses of the construction industry’s workflow”.

Unicontrol has focused on research in concepts and processes in the construction sector to develop a userfriendly system. A smoothly integrated system into an existing workflow can improve excavating operations effectively by more than 30 per cent.

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Student software developer – Unity3D

Profile: 

  • Experience working in Unity3D
  • Experience with git
  • Passionate about software development and technology

The job: 

  • Front-end development on Unicontrol3D app
  • Testing, including setting up automated tests
  • 10-20h per week
We offer:
  • A chance to become a core member of a growing business
  • Meaningful technical challenges that solve real problems
  • Freedom to define your working conditions
  • Modern office in the centre of Odense

We are a diverse group of people who mix fun challenges, mobile software, and gaming thinking to automate heavy construction equipment. We have a unique work environment where one can enjoy the work and develop on both personal and professional level.

Employment: ASAP

Send your CV and short motivational letter to jobs@unicontrol.io

Potential candidates will be interviewed on an ongoing basis.

For more information or questions, please contact us at kasper.andersen@unicontrol.io  

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Student software developer – React, .NET & Material UI

Profile:

Experience working with React, .NET and Material UI 

Good sense of UI & UX 

Experience working with git 

Love coding 

The job: 

Front-end development on Unicontrol Cloud Testing, including setting up automated tests 

10-20h pr week

We offer:
  • A chance to become a core member of a growing business
  • Meaningful technical challenges that solve real problems
  • Freedom to define your working conditions
  • Modern office in the centre of Odense

We are a diverse group of people who mix fun challenges, mobile software, and gaming thinking to automate heavy construction equipment. We have a unique work environment where one can enjoy the work and develop on both a personal and professional level.

Employment: ASAP

Send your CV and short motivational letter to jobs@unicontrol.io

Potential candidates will be interviewed on an ongoing basis.

For more information or questions, please contact us at kasper.andersen@unicontrol.io 

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Great results from our first customer survey!

We have just had our first anniversary since the launch of Unicontrol3D in September 2019. To mark the occasion, we decided to carry out our first in-depth customer satisfaction survey. As a start-up, having an ongoing dialogue with our customers is central to meet their needs and learn from their experiences. We take pride in co-creating Unicontrol based on customer input and feedback – and celebrate when a customer appreciates that we have taken on an idea or met a need. Our positive customer focus is reflected in our customer survey: Nearly 90% of participating customers rate our Service and Support with 4 or 5 stars – and there are no responses rating Service and Support below 3 stars.

The survey also confirms how timesaving Unicontrol3D is as a tool. 60% say they are cutting down work time on a job by 10-30%, 25% say 30-60% of timesaving when using Unicontrol3D on a job. The reduction in time – and resources, is due to Unicontrol3D accurately taking over duties and work by a surveyor and handman working outside the excavator.

It is crucial for the operator to feel comfortable working independently with the system to achieve the reduction in time and resources. And that’s where simplicity and user-friendliness become important. We couldn’t quite believe the results ourselves, but the survey shows that 99% of our customers say Unicontrol is extremely easy to use. A surveyor comments:

“One of my operators is challenged by numbers and letters, but he can work Unicontrol without problems.”

Of course, our customers had feed-back that will make us even stronger as a machine control system too. Tech-products must always be in constant development to meet the needs of users. The last year, Unicontrol3D has become even faster and increasingly stable – an ongoing development process motivated by a mission to create a navigation system tailored to the needs of the operator.

Our hard work to achieve this is reflected in the survey too: Nearly 90% of our customers rates us with 4 or 5 stars in terms of overall product satisfaction. We feel very privileged to have such positive feedback after just one year on the market – and will continue the process of developing the market’s most user-friendly 3D navigation system for excavators.

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We should have invested in 3D ages ago!

”Unicontrol3D has met my expectations beyond what I hoped for. We use it extensively and have already saved a lot of money by completing jobs faster. We should have invested in a 3D system ages ago!”R.S. Entreprenørfirma ApS

Investing in machine control is a big decision for most contractors. It may seem risky to put that much money into a tool and trust that it will provide the promised benefits necessary for a modern contractor.

R.S. Entreprenør ApS considered investing in machine control for years, but found the systems on the market too expensive for his needs and couldn’t quite see how much an investment would make a return. It took a new operator with machine control experience, who spoke highly of the benefits for R.S Entreprenør ApS to start researching seriously.

Rune and operator Jack were introduced to Unicontrol3D by our dealer Øbakke A/S – and our competitive pricing became the defining factor that made Rune decide to invest in Unicontrol3D. After a busy spring and summer, Rune remains very happy with this purchase – and is now convinced that machine control will be a necessary tool for contractors in the future.

“We use the system on most jobs – for example, drain surveys, setting of height and depts – and of course QA has become so much easier with Unicontrol3D”.

Another important aspect for Rune was the high level of user-friendliness, which Unicontrol3D offers:

“It has been really easy to get to know all functionalities of the system. The service from Unicontrol was excellent and got us up and running very quickly.”

If you want to know about Unicontrol3d please email us at kontakt@unicontrol.io or contact a dealer. We can help make your workday more productive too!

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New developer in our Polish team

This week we welcome our new full-time developer, Filip, who will be joining our team of developers working from Gliwice in Poland.
Whilst our central office is based in Denmark, Unicontrol was born as a global project with a remote team based in Poland. We have been thriving from this structure, which has not only ensured high-quality tech development – but also prepared us for expanding our company to other countries. We’ve done international teamwork right from the start and we’re good at it.
In Poland, we’ve got 2 heavyweight developers and one of our founding directors working on a new product, which we’ll launch in the autumn. The product will enable our customers to have greater data access and thereby take more control of analytics, reporting, and quality assurance when using Unicontrol3D.
With an impressive track record of developing multiplayer games and gamification concepts in the gaming industry, Filip brings a creative perspective to Unicontrol. This ability will be useful to make data storing and generating even more accessible for professionals working with excavators in the construction industry. Here is what Filip thinks about his new role:
‘This is an ambitious project, so there’s a lot to learn and opportunities to grow as developers. It’s great to work on a new product from scratch with such an experienced team. It’s also nice to resolve real industry issues instead of just provide some fun for players in the game world.’
Filip will be working alongside Jarek, who has years of experience from all over the world building and maintaining complex web-based solutions. Together with Zbigniew, one of our founding directors, they form a strong team of developers – and we’re looking forward to presenting their hard work when ready in the autumn: Watch this space!
Witam Filip!