What's New In Plant & Equipment
A Whole New Family of Cats
Play in the Spanish Sun
Caterpillar may have decided not to attend Intermat 2015 - the platform for the launch of new equipment for many companies. However, the recent event at the Caterpillar Demonstrations and Learning Centre at Malaga, Spain demonstrated that the company continues its R&D program with the introduction of a raft of new models. The new announcements were not restricted to a specific product type but across a wide range.
The company presented the latest additions to their range of tracked excavators, tracked dozers, articulated dump trucks, wheel loaders, tracked loaders, material handlers and backhoe loaders. The presentations also showed the company’s commitment to using technology to further lower fuel consumption while increasing productivity and overall operating efficiency.
The Spanish weather also contributed with two warm, sunny days providing the perfect backdrop to the new additions to the Cat family.
Technology Supersedes Engineering
Ten years ago when a company introduced a new model, the emphasis was mainly on stronger undercarriage, a bigger, more spacious cab, stronger booms and arms to increase payload and other engineering enhancements.
Today, manufacturers have realised that weight to load ratios are as good as they can be in engineering terms. The emphasis, today, is on the rapid growth in digital technology, which, when integrated into the mechanical systems can provide an almost autonomous solution to routine tasks, maintenance and investment management.
However, there continues to be further engineering improvements to strengthen critical areas for improved stability and load handling capabilities.
Latest in Excavators
The new Cat 336F L/LN excavator, replacing the 336E L/LN, is powered by a C9.3 ACERT engine, rated at 321 metric horsepower (236 kW) that meets EU Stage IV emissions standards. This and other new features enhance overall fuel efficiency and deliver fuel savings of up to 8 percent, compared with its predecessor.
A heavy-duty, 6.5 m reach boom and three stick options —3.9 m (available only with the long undercarriage), 3.2 m and 2.8 m — provide excellent all-around versatility for general excavation work, such as multipurpose digging and loading. The 6.18 m mass-excavation (ME) boom and matching 2.55 m stick are designed for enhanced performance and production when moving high volumes of heavy material.
Many customers will welcome the news that the latest models are to have advanced technology fitted as standard.
Cat Grade Control Depth and Slope, a factory-integrated system standard for the new 336F models, uses protected sensors in the front linkage to provide real-time positioning and cut/fill data through the cab monitor.
Operators save time by attaining specifications on the first pass, while conserving fuel, reducing machine wear, conserving fill materials, and minimizing grade-checker involvement.
The system can also be upgraded to meet customer needs. Cat dealers can easily upgrade the system to 3D capability with Cat AccuGrade GPS or Universal Total Station (UTS) packages