Caterpillar’s ConExpo presence honours equipment operators
By Jenny Lescohier16 March 2020
Caterpillar Inc. showcased its latest products, services and technologies while paying tribute to those who build the world’s infrastructure at ConExpo 2020, 10-13 March in Las Vegas in the US.
Show attendees experienced three Caterpillar exhibits featuring more than 30 machines and roughly ten engine displays that include the latest hybrid technology.
“Every day, we strive to make our customers more successful using our products and services,” said Caterpillar Chief Executive Officer Jim Umpleby. “This year’s ConExpo provided a hands-on opportunity to demonstrate how we can help reduce our customers’ total owning and operating costs, while increasing uptime and asset utilisation, so they can profitably continue their work to build a better world.”
New for ConExpo 2020, Caterpillar’s outdoor Operator Stadium at Festival Grounds reinforced the company’s commitment to services and technologies with hubs for customers to learn about the latest offerings. In addition to the products on display, the exhibit featured live equipment demonstrations and was the site of the Global Operator Challenge championship.
Out of more than 10,000 operators who participated in local competitions throughout 30 countries, nine regional champions competed at ConExpo.
Jaus Neigum from Canada was named global operator challenge champion. Putting his loading and trenching talents to work, he won both the Load and Carry Challenge and the Trenching Challenge and completed all challenges with a combined time of only 16 minutes and 28 seconds.
Following closely behind Neigum were second-place finisher Thomas Murphy from Ireland and third-place finisher Sebastian Behr from Germany.
“This year’s Caterpillar ConExpo experience celebrated the people who operate our equipment, work in our industries and demonstrated how we put the customer first,” said Ramin Younessi, Caterpillar group president for construction industries. “We had experts on hand to highlight how our technologies and services are helping increase customers’ safety, productivity and efficiency.”
Caterpillar debuted several new and recently introduced technologies including Cat Productivity, a web-based productivity management tool; an expanded remote-control Cat Command offering allowing the capability to control multiple pieces of equipment from a single station; Command for Compaction, automating the compaction process; and the recently released Cat Remote Services that include Remote Flash and Remote Troubleshoot.
In addition, show attendees were able to explore the Cat App, VisionLink for better fleet management, and an augmented reality experience to learn about getting a second life out of machines with Cat Certified Rebuild.
There was also be a dedicated section for visitors to learn more about Cat Customer Value Agreements (CVA) that offer customisable ownership and maintenance plans.
Caterpillar highlighted a range of new models at ConExpo, including five new Next Generation hydraulic excavators. The newest machines include wheeled, small, medium and large hydraulic excavators (M318, 313 GC, 315, 325, 395), dozers (only D3 in Europe), center-pivot backhoe loader (420XE), motor grader (150 AWD), wheel loader (920) and 725 articulated truck offerings.