New Cat machines on display at CONEXPO-CON/AGG
By Jayson Koblun
Las Vegas, Nev. – The Caterpillar CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 experience includes a mix of static displays, equipment demonstration area, and new services under the theme of “Your Work Matters.” The 60,000 square-foot exhibit includes Operator’s Stadium, where the finals of the Global Operator Challenge and equipment demonstrations take place.
Caterpillar is investing in technology and safety features showcased in more than 30 Cat machines on display, including nine new product introductions from the dozer, excavator, articulated truck and backhoe loader families.\
A wide range of new models
Successor to the Cat D5K2, the new Cat D3 dozer continues to set the standard for small dozer grading accuracy and efficiency. The operator cab delivers greater visibility, while enhanced controls deliver easier, intuitive finish grading. Powertrain advancements improve fuel efficiency by up to 10 per cent over previous models.
The new centre-pivot 420XE backhoe loader now offers seat mounted controls for low-effort machine control to boost operator efficiency and reduce fatigue. Dual Mode operation increases machine productivity, while electronic loader controls offer true parallel lift. A new IT quick coupler delivers quick change-out of a large portfolio of Cat attachments.
Inside the demo arena, the new 150 AWD motor grader features all-wheel drive that assists with traction and maneuvering, allowing the machine to work in any environment. Eco mode delivers up to 10 per cent greater fuel efficiency without productivity loss, and owning and operating costs are reduced via new filters and longer service intervals. The new mastless 3D Cat GRADE control system unleashes the potential of the moldboard to give it full range of motion. The GNSS receivers are bolted to the machine, which increases uptime and reduces costs associated with potential receiver, mast or machine damage when using the dual 3D GNSS system. The integrated 3D Cat GRADE will initially be available on the 140,150 and 160 joystick motor graders.
Contractors visiting Caterpillar exhibit #F4455 will experience the new 725 articulated truck offerings. New cab features include assisted hoist, Automatic Retarder Control and Advanced Automatic Traction Control, which improve operator experience and reduce operator actions. Performance improvements include up to nine per cent increased speed on grades, eight per cent improved acceleration and a seven per cent productivity increase.
Five hydraulic excavators to debut
Caterpillar will introduce five new wheeled, small, medium and large hydraulic excavator models at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020. The new Cat M318 wheeled excavator improves operator efficiency by up to 45 per cent with Cat GRADE, E-Fence and PAYLOAD options and delivers up to 10 per cent lower maintenance costs with longer service intervals. The new 313 GC delivers low owning and operating costs through a simple design that is easy to operate, maintain and own. The new 315 boasts a 13 per cent larger cab and improved performance with up to 10 per cent more swing torque and up to 14 per cent more drawbar pull.
Advanced engine technology and control system for the new 325 medium excavator reduces fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent, while a precise combination of lower engine speed and large hydraulic pump pressure and flow delivers more work per unit of fuel. Extended maintenance intervals means getting more work done with up to 20 per cent lower maintenance costs.
The new 395 excavator is built to move tons of material quickly and efficiently. With 10 percent more swing torque and 10 percent more stick force than the model it replaces, operators will experience faster cycle times with bigger buckets for greater groundbreaking power and production. Cat PAYLOAD also comes standard so operators can validate production at the end of every shift. Plus two times more structural durability means longer service life, and extended service intervals lower maintenance costs by up to 20 percent.
New Cat technology and services
Significant safety, efficiency, accuracy and productivity gains are achieved through implementing new Cat technologies on machines. Recently introduced Cat Productivity is a web-based advanced productivity management tool that delivers payload, machine and site data from Cat Product Link, allowing contractors to compare performance against productivity targets, fix inefficiencies and maximize machine utilization to increase profits.
Show visitors will be the first to see Caterpillar’s latest remote control offering, an enhanced operating station with expanded capability to operate multiple pieces of equipment, equipped with the Command Vision System, from a single remote station. The Cat Command remote control system also offers a portable console, designed for line-of-sight use, which will also be showcased in the exhibit. Wireless connectivity enables machine operation from a safe location, whether nearby or far away. Cat Command remote control solutions also enable customers to increase productivity and maximize uptime.
Making its North American tradeshow debut from Cat paving products, Command for Compaction automates the compaction process to increase quality. Featuring an intuitive interface for simple operation, Command for Compaction eliminates skill gaps to deliver up to 60 per cent better coverage with consistent and precise overlap, constant speed and correct pass count. The paving products group will also showcase the latest advancements for its eRoutes 3.0 asphalt delivery solution.
New Customer Value Agreements (CVA) offer three levels to customize agreements based on customer need and offer up to five years comprehensive coverage to lower owning and operating costs. Newly released Cat Remote Services deliver up to 50 per cent less machine downtime through Remote Flash software updates and Remote Troubleshoot diagnostic testing. Launching at the show, Cat Abrasion Undercarriage boasts a new XL sealing system that doubles seal life in some applications and up to 50 per cent more link life than heavy duty designs.
For more information, visit cat.com/conexpo.