Cat On The Right Tracks
Roger Lindley Reports
With over 60 products and new technology on display, Caterpillar showed at Bauma 2016 that they are on the right tracks in more than one way. As other companies are doing, they have recognised the need for integrated technology. There is little point in having a variety of productivity aids if they cannot talk across brands.
Whether this decision is driven by r&d or because other systems today offer cross-brand communication, which opens up competition, is open for discussion. Whichever, a common interface and standard language has to be the future if contractors and equipment owners are to maximise productivity and return on investments.
Throughout 2016, Caterpillar will release updates to the VisionLink user interface making it faster and easier to use with today’s smartphones and tablets. Cat customers will be offered more efficient management of their fleet.
VisionLink is integrated with Cat Product Link hardware to create a powerful telematics system providing a wealth of information based on data from machine sensors and control systems.
Product Link hardware is standard on most Cat equipment and can be used to retrofit both Cat machines and, most important, machines from other manufacturers.
More Focus on Europe for Road Equipment
Amongst the new products on display was the new the AP300F (wheel-type) and AP355F (rubber track-type) asphalt pavers.
Caterpillar intend to promote their road equipment, such as the new AP300F more aggressively outside of America.
These are designed specifically for efficient production in mid-sized applications, including parking places, urban streets, cycling and walking paths, trenches, and narrow shoulders.