Cat On The Right Tracks - continued
To keep up with customer demands, Bauma 2016 saw Cat introduce its own version of the tiltrotator for use on Cat hydraulic excavators.
Equipped with new electrically heated SE34 Series screeds and available in vibration-only and vibration/tamper-bar configurations, the new pavers have advanced technical features, such as an engine Eco-Mode, auto-fill feeder system, single-touch feeder system activation, and automated travel mode.
The auto-fill system, controlled by a single switch, alternates between auger and conveyor operation to initially build a proper head of material. The auto-feed system, also controlled by a single switch that does the work of four switches on previous models, relieves the operator of the task of manually activating each auger and conveyor.
Operating-console controls are designed to be as simple and flexible—or as advanced—as the contractor prefers. Crews preferring limited options can access an organized, efficient control system, and crews preferring more functions can access various menus through the touchscreens.
A warm-up/clean-out mode operates the feeder system at a reduced speed, enabling more efficient wash-down. The feature also automatically lifts the auger for simplified transport.
The seats can be extended beyond the machine edge for optimum visibility to the truck and auger chamber. Adjustable seating and a single-rail sliding console optimize space and comfort, while the hydraulically retractable hardtop canopy, with extending wings, provides protection in adverse weather.
The SE34V (vibration-only) or SE34 VT (vibration/tamper-bar) screed paves up to 4.0 m (13 ft. 1 in.) when fitted to the AP300F, and up to 4.6 m (15 ft. 1 in.) on the AP355F. A reduction attachment narrows paving width to 700 mm (27.5 in.)—ideal for trench work.
Caterpillar acknowledged that they had not been promoting their roading equipment outside of North America enough. However, they recognize the potential within Europe and other regions and intend to promote their solutions more through the existing dealer network.
Bauma also saw the launch of the larger AP500F/AP555F pavers as well as the Cat CD54B tandem roller.
On the Right Tracks - Literally
Caterpillar announced it is entering the railway-construction / maintenance industry through the development of a Railroad Wheeled Excavator.
Caterpillar showed a prototype road-rail excavator at Bauma 2016. Probably one for Conexpo 2017. Photo:
© Nick Johnson 2016
A prototype of the Cat M323F railroad excavator attracted much attention. The company continues to solicit the guidance of experts in the railway construction - maintenance industry — those who use these machines on a day-to-day basis and know first-hand what characteristics are necessary for optimum performance, efficiency, safety and reliability in this highly specialized sector.
The M323F will comply with the strict EN15746 European railway standard and add further customer value with exceptional on-track stability, low operating costs, simplicity of operation, ease of maintenance and a comfortable, secure operator’s station.
At this time, there was no indication of when, or if, the model will enter production.