Products & Equipment
New Cat MH3022 and MH3024 material handlers feature improved cycle times
By Rock to Road Staff
By Rock to Road Staff
Caterpillar has unveiled its new Cat MH3022 and MH3024 material handlers.
“Their advanced electrohydraulic system optimizes the balance of power and efficiency, improving cycle times to handle more material in the same amount of time, improving profit potential,” the company said in a press release.
These Next Generation material handlers are powered by the Cat C4.4 engine, capable of operating on up to B20 biodiesel. Meeting EU Stage V and U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emissions standards, the engine’s maintenance-free aftertreatment system lowers operating costs and maximizes machine uptime. The choice between Power and Eco power modes fine-tunes power requirements to the task at hand, offering up to 10% lower fuel usage than previous models without sacrificing machine performance.
A 12 per cent wider, stabilized footprint increases the Cat MH3022’s operating stability for improved performance when lifting at extended reach. The MH3024 offers up to seven per cent greater swing torque to move more material faster. Heavy lift mode for both models boosts lifting capacities to more efficiently handle heavy loads. Allowing the boom to freely travel up and down without using pump flow, the standard SmartBoom allows the operator to focus on grapple control and have a smoother cycle.
A range of attachments and new reach options are available for varied applications to increase operating flexibility for the MH3022 and MH3024. Increasing their versatility, both material handlers can be equipped ex-factory with a 15-kW generator for magnet operation.
Now standard technologies on the Cat MH3022 and MH3024 material handlers elevate operating protection. New cab avoidance helps the operator by preventing contact between the attachment and cab. By requiring a PIN code to start the engine, the new Operator ID inhibits the machine from unauthorized operation.
Designed for safe operation
Large tempered glass windows with small pillars on the reengineered cab design enhance all-around visibility and operating safety. Standard right-side and rearview cameras, upgradable to 360-degree vision, display video feed on the large in-cab touchscreen monitor to further enhance work area visibility. Thicker, high-impact and impact-resistant windshields and roof windows meet EN356, P8B and P5A standards.
A ground-level shutoff switch stops all fuel to the engine and shuts down the machine. Preventing reverse oil flow in the event of an unexpected loss of hydraulic pressure, standard boom and stick lowering check valves keep the front linkage securely in place. All daily maintenance points are quickly accessed from ground level, while a new service platform with steps provides easy, safe and quick access to the upper service area.
Offering a choice between Deluxe and Premium designs, the new Next Generation cab features a joystick steering option, eliminating the steering column to significantly improve forward visibility, legroom and ease of cab entry. Further facilitating cab entry and exit, the left-hand console tilts up. All controls are conveniently positioned in front of and within easy reach of the operator to avoid unnecessary movements.
A larger, 254-mm (10-in) high-resolution touchscreen monitor with jog-dial offers easy navigation of the intuitive operator controls. Different machine operators can store their specific joystick and preferred power mode settings, and the machine automatically recalls the settings based on the Operator ID. Both models offer a maximum cab height of 5 750 mm (18-ft 10-in) to improve loading and material handling visibility.
Standard Product Link captures critical operating data such as location, hours, fuel usage, productivity, idle time, maintenance alerts and fault codes, which can be remotely accessed and tracked to boost fleet management efficiency.
Lasting 50 per cent longer than previous designs, the new hydraulic oil filter improves filtration and increases change intervals to 3,000 operating hours. New anti-drain valves keep the hydraulic oil clean during filter replacement. All fuel filters feature a coordinated 1,000-operating-hour change interval, and the new air intake filter with precleaner lasts up to 1,000 hours to reduce maintenance requirements.
Operators conveniently track filter life and maintenance intervals on the in-cab high-resolution monitor. Eliminating the need for operator interaction, the high-efficiency cooling fan features a standard automatic reverse function to keep the cores clean, maximizing machine uptime. An optional vibrating cooling screen activates during reverse fan operation to further improve dust and debris removal.