Caterpillar set to launch ‘smart creep’ feature
Company to roll out new attachment feature for skid-steers and compact track loaders in Q3 2022
CATERPILLAR have confirmed that they will be launching a new smart creep feature for their D3 skid-steer and compact track loader models that operate Cat cold planer and wheel saw attachments.
Smart creep senses the load on the attachment and automatically adjusts the drive command to keep the cold planer or wheel saw running at the most productive speed. According to Caterpillar, a combination of attachment sensors and proprietary software optimally balances attachment load and machine speed to maximize productivity.
By continually sensing the load on the attachment, smart creep increases machine speed when encountering less resistance and automatically slows the machine when encountering higher load. Engine load remains constant, while the operator can monitor hydraulic pressure on the in-cab display panel.
Without the aid of this feature, setting the creep speed too fast can lead to stalling the attachment whilst slower speed results in productivity loss. Smart creep software smoothly and efficiently determines the optimal machine speed for cutting conditions.
To use the new intelligent feature, the machine operator activates the standard creep control system and set the maximum creep speed on a display inside the cab. Once the tool engages the cut, smart creep measures load on the attachment and adjusts the drive command automatically as cutting begins.
In the event of the cutter jamming or stalling, an auto reverse feature within smart creep quickly changes machine direction to allow the tool to clear the jam. Cat’s new smart creep will be available on the US manufacturer’s D3 skid-steer loader and compact track loader machines in the third quarter of 2022.