Caterpillar wheeled excavators and wheeled material handlers have been awarded Blue Angel certification – an environmental award supported by the German Federal Environmental Agency and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building & Nuclear Safety.
The award recognises products that protect both people and the environment by reducing noise and emissions.
The Cat M318F, M320F and M322F wheeled excavators and the MH3022 and MH3024 wheeled material handlers have been awarded the certification.
Cat said its906M, 907M, 908M, 926M, 930M and 938M wheeled loaders had already been awarded Blue Angel certification.
The Cat models were tested for Blue Angel certification in the construction machinery category for sound and emission levels, by RAL, the German Institute for Quality Assurance & Certification.
The granting of the Blue Angel label is based on the methodology used in the statutory procedures and, at the same time, takes into account state-of-the art technology for the reduction of exhaust, particle, and noise emissions.
Cat said that the requirements and test values were more stringent than statutory limits for the European Union. It added that Caterpillar was the only manufacturer to have received the Blue Angel certification in the construction machinery category for its products.
It said that when designing the F Series wheeled excavators and material handlers, it had consulted both product experts and customers.
Frederic Predemoiser, wheeled excavator global product application specialist, said, “Increasingly, cities and states are implementing access restrictions based on equipment sound and particulate emission levels.
“The Blue Angel label can be an enabler for customers to work in such areas and is the best guarantee that customers will be well positioned to take on this work with their Cat equipment.”
He added, “This certification complements our strategy to offer our customers versatile products in all application tasks through a wide range of solutions, integrated technologies, and work tools.”