What's New In Plant & Equipment
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The Cat Hystat system can achieve up to a 36 km/h (22 mph) top speed for these models with the optional stop-to-shift transmission that allows the operator to choose between max rimpull and max travel speed via a convenient switch on the RH console. It also automatically regulates speed during downhill travel.
The Deluxe cab features two side-entry doors, low-effort electro-hydraulic joystick, suspended pedals, tilt steering wheel, air-suspended and heated seat and optional security keypad.
Options include the Road Feature and Load Feature Packages, which include a new electronic, soft-touch keypad for convenient control of most functions. The Road Feature Package includes a Ride-Control system that cushions boom cylinders when the machine is traveling with a load in rough terrain, smoothing the ride and retaining material.
Medium Sized Loaders
In the larger wheel loader range, the new Cat 950M (19,769 kg )and 962M (20,296 kg) wheel loaders feature a Cat C7.1 ACERT engines that meet Stage IV emission standards.
The new engines deliver more power than their K-Series predecessors and contribute to a potential 10% gain in fuel efficiency (25% better than the H series). This was achieved from the enhanced performance of the redesigned hydraulic system and the new engine, which works at a lower average speed and creates less heat.
An improved interface between the operator and machine controls further boosts production potential, and the new Cat Payload Measurement system enables operators to confidently deliver exact loads, while allowing managers to monitor machine productivity.
The new models also feature major drive-train refinement, new cab amenities, optimized Z-bar linkage and a range of Cat Performance Series buckets and work tools that expand overall machine versatility.
In the cab, the new electro-hydraulic joystick steering is also available on the 950M and 962M featuring speed sensing force feedback for unparalleled comfort and control. A new multipurpose color touch screen display dramatically simplifies the operator interface with machine controls, rear vision camera and the new fully integrated Cat Production Measurement system.
The mobile scale device accuately loads truck, stores the data and can, via the optional printer, produce a receipt of the amont of material loaded. This system is not yet certifiable for accuracy, as required by local authoriaties and regulators, but it is only a matter of time before the technology proves itself. At that time, it will be possible to dispense with manned weightbridges.
Stair-like steps and repositioned grab handles facilitate safely entering and exiting the M-Series cab, as does the wider door opening. An available switch in the electronic service center allows ground-level unlatching of the door, which then swings open via a gas strut.
A heavier counterweight and a larger bucket capablity means 20 t. trucks can be loaded in 3 passes.
Paolo Fellin, Vice President - Global Construction & Infrastructure said that they expect to see a continued growth out of the depressed markets within Europe but it will become a more competitive market.
One reason for this could be Chinese manufacturers looking to export as local demand decreases. There is a general concensus that the markets will find a new level some 58% below the peak of 2008 but signficantly higher the the low experienced in 2009.
Mr Fellin explained how fully integrated technology is enabling Cat customers to benefit. In truck loading, by loading to optimum level, maximum efficiency is achieved with less spillage from overloading. For highway trucks, overloading can result in a costly fine, being able to measure accurately eliminates these.
Enhanced bucket loading features, return to dig, etc also contribute to fewer passes which translates to less fuel.
Fleet owners and plant hire companies have also welcomed the opportunity to manage their equipment in real time. To see where delays are occuring and to track machine usage and location.