Caterpillar expands remote control offering

Caterpillar says that its 349, 352, 374 and 395 large excavators in the 40 to 95 tonne category can now be equipped with Cat Command for Excavating. 

Previously available on the 320 to 340 models, the remote-control system is said to remove operators from potentially hazardous jobsite conditions 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 like digging, lifting, and tracking. 

Caterpillar says that the technology can help improve machine productivity on various projects like operating in unstable underfoot conditions, brownfields, shore work, and demolition.

It also allows production to restart immediately following disruptive processes such as blasting in quarry applications.

By removing the operator from the cab, Caterpillar believes that the Command for Excavating technology 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.

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