Machine control manufacturer, GKD Technologies has been supplying nationwide plant hire specialists L Lynch Plant Hire since 2017. GKD Technologies have a team of preferred installers who work with Lynch Plant. The machines are located all over the UK and installs on new machines are taking place every week nationwide.

One of the latest installs for L Lynch Plant Hire, by RK Plant Engineers, managing director, Ryan Andres was for two, 2RCI (Rated Capacity Indicators) on a brace of CAT 308’s, which Lynch has recently added to its growing fleet.



What makes this system unique, is that it was designed specifically for the CAT 308 machine by GKD and utilises the capabilities of the 2RCI system, with full protection and slew walls, including offset boom monitoring with motion cuts.

Ryan explained, “This new system, based on the standard 2RCi, has been adapted to work exclusively on the Cat 308 machine with full electro-hydraulic motion cuts, which is the main difference between a standard 2RCi and a 308RCi, also using direct drive angle sensor to monitor boom swing. This new system is another example of the versatility of GKD safety systems.”

In the innovation stakes, Lynch Plant Hire is ahead of the game and it was Lynch that approached GKD asking for a rated capacity indicator for the Cat 308 machine. Lynch was the first company to adopt this brand-new system following its development.

GKD marketing director, Nigel Baseley explains, “The Cat 308 is quite a unique machine in that it combines mechanical and electronic control of the hydraulics.

This means that a standard 2RCi rated capacity indicator is not suitable for this model. Hence when Lynch approached GKD for a solution our R&D department developed a special version of the system to adapt to the functions of the machine that are controlled electronically. This new 2RCi system has an additional electronic controller that works with the Cat 308 machine.”

Speaking to a spokesperson for Lynch they confirmed that the company is pleased with the new system. “We are pleased with the 2RCI installation on the CAT 308. The systems have been installed and completed in a tidy manner with a high standard of finish. The system has proven to be reliable through testing which has allowed us to continually deliver a successful end product to the customer. GKD’s service has helped us progress further over the recent months and we are looking forward to continuing working with the company.

Lynch’s plant compliance manager has forged a long-standing relationship with GKD through several years of experience. As a company, we are grateful and supportive of this partnership, which allows us to continue to deliver a high quality of service.”