Remote-control operation expanded to include Cat 349, 352, 374 and 395 large excavators
CATERPILLAR 349, 352, 374 and 395 large hydraulic excavators can now be equipped with Cat Command for Excavating. The remote-control system is designed to remove operators from potentially hazardous jobsite conditions by keeping them at a safe distance and reduce potential safety risks from climbing on and off machines.
The Cat Command station allows for non-line-of-sight remote control, where users can comfortably control all basic machine functions such as digging, lifting, and tracking. Additionally, Caterpillar exclusive machine technologies such as Cat Grade with 3D for Excavators, Grade with Assist for boom and bucket, Swing Assist, E-Fence, and others can be set, activated, and used remotely.
The technology is said to help improve machine productivity on various projects operating in unstable underfoot conditions, such as brownfields, shore work, and demolition. It also allows production to restart immediately following disruptive processes such as blasting in quarry applications.
The Cat Command station provides non-line-of-site operation from the comfort of an air-conditioned office on site or many miles away. Distance is limited only by the capabilities of the network. The Cat Command station comfortably seats the operator in a customized ‘virtual cab’ with familiar controls and machine displays.
Users can control up to five different machines, one at a time, at the same or other locations, reducing downtime for shift changes or the need to travel to the jobsite. Touchscreen monitors similar to the in-cab displays offer the same machine information and access to machine settings just like in the machine. Screens mounted in front of the user provides an easy view of the excavator’s camera feeds.
By removing the operator from the cab, Cat Command for Excavating offers a solution to workforce shortages and training advantages for newer operators. It also opens opportunities to those with physical limitations that prevent them from climbing into the equipment, attracting a new generation of workers, and increasing the longevity of experienced operators.
The new large hydraulic excavator models join the existing Cat Command-ready excavators (320–340) and medium dozers (D5–D7) which can be operated from the same Command station.