Contractors World International Vol 7 No 3
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
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
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
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
Equipped with new electrically
Caterpillar intend to promote
their road equipment, such
as the new AP300F more
aggressively outside of America.
Cat On the
What’s New at Bauma
Roger Lindley Reports