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Contractors World International Vol 7 No 3

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W

ith 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 cus-

tomers will be offered more efficient management of

their fleet.

VisionLink is integrated with Cat Product Link hard-

ware 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 equip-

ment 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 dis-

play was the new the AP300F

(wheel-type) and AP355F (rubber

track-type) asphalt pavers.

These are designed specifically

for efficient production in mid-

sized applications, including park-

ing places, urban streets, cycling

and walking paths, trenches, and

narrow shoulders.

Equipped with new electrically

Caterpillar intend to promote

their road equipment, such

as the new AP300F more

aggressively outside of America.

Cat On the

Right Tracks

What’s New at Bauma

Roger Lindley Reports