Replace Leica CS20 with Allegro MX?
We use five Leica CS20's with our Leica TS16, TS16i, 2 TCRA1203’s and 2 x GS 14’s running Captivate 3.0, 3.2 and also have a CS35.
Had major problems when we bought them in 2015 with workflow using Captivate. Many of these issues have been corrected with software updates, but we are still seeing the CS20's freeze/lock up on a daily basis, probably 30 minutes lost per day, per crew. Really random stuff, but can't seem to find anyone else having these issues, so we need to start to pursue alternatives to the CS20's.
Is anyone currently using an Allegro MX data collector, running the Carlson SurvCE software with a Leica TS16 and/or TCRA 1203’s? Are you happy with the performance? We do mostly boundary and topo's, ALTA's, very little construction stake-out or residential work. We use Civil3D 2019 and F2F.
Bummer about the CS20s - that's a big investment. What activities cause the lockup?
Anyone else on the board having this experience?
We are running 2 CS20's with Captivate 4.01, way improved from the V2 we started on. Those controllers run a TS16i & an MS60, we've never had issues with lockups. We also have a TS12 we run with SurvCE, along with 2 Sokkia SX & 1 DX robot. All work well but the Carlson/Leica combo is a step ahead. This being said, our Leica dealer can no longer get a GeoCom License for a TS16 since the release of the TS13. They may be able to work arond this by telling leica the GeoCom is for remote operation like GeoMoss.
I have 3 CS20's driving 2 MS60's & 1 TS15 and a CS15 driving a TCRP1203. I put a RH16 on the 1203 so the CS20's could drive it if needed. There have certainly been some quirks but nothing as dramatic as you describe at least not on an ongoing regular basis. I'm assuming you've done all the typical trouble shooting like resetting the hardware and clearing old jobs off the hard drive and SD card?
I used to drive the 1203 with an Allegro MX with the integrated radio pod. It worked well. I can't speak to using the MX with a TS16 but it would be a fine alternative with the older 1200 series robots. I never used it with my GS14/15 series antennas so can't speak to ease of use there either.
Hopefully you can find a solution for the CS20's. Would be a shame to throw the time away that was spent getting fluent in Captivate.
I'm running a CS20 with a MS50 and for the most part enjoy it. I started having some issues about a year ago though. The thing would lock up randomly. At the same time I noticed that it would not always recognize the SD card. I stopped using the card and stored everything on board and the issue stopped. It turns out the Leica SD to micro SD adapter was the culprit.
That being said. You will need to purchase Geocom for the TS. It set me back around a grand for my MS.