Cat Command remote control operation extends: CEG

A Cat control console is used to remotely control a hydraulic excavator on a hill with loose gravel.

Cat The 374 and 395 large hydraulic excavators can now be equipped with Command for Excavating, providing remote control operation.

Command for Excavating relieves operators of potentially hazardous jobsite conditions by providing remote operation of the machine from a safe distance, eliminating safety hazards and reducing injury from getting on and off machines.

Offering line-of-sight (LOS) and no-line-of-sight (NLOS) operation options, Command for Excavating users comfortably control digging, lifting and tracking functions from outside the cab. The technology improves machine safety and productivity on a range of projects such as operating in unstable soil conditions, brownfields, shore work, demolition and material handling. It also allows production to restart immediately after disruptive processes, such as blasting in quarries.

A Cat excavator working in the hold of a ship by remote control.

Two remote options

The control console offers a quick transition to line-of-sight machine control on the jobsite with a lightweight, compact console, supported by a comfortable shoulder harness. With no onsite communications infrastructure required, it is ideal for temporary or emergency remote operations.

Using a 900 MHz or 2.4 GHz frequency communication protocol, the console offers a machine control range of up to 437 feet, handling excavator functions with virtually no response delay. If the remote stop switch is pressed, wireless communication is lost or the console is tilted more than 45 degrees, the built-in safety features will stop all excavator movements.

The command station allows offline operation from the comfort of an air-conditioned office on-site or several miles away, as distance is only limited by the capabilities of the wireless network.

Cat command stations in an office environment are used to remotely control excavators in a river terminal to unload barges and ship cargo holds.

The command station comfortably places the operator in a personalized “virtual cabin” with familiar machine controls and displays. Users can control up to five different machines from the same or different locations, reducing downtime for shift changes or the need to get to the job site. Cab-like touch screens provide precise machine control, while screen mounts positioned in front of the user make it easy to view the excavator’s camera feeds.

Offering a high level of precision and productivity, the control controls are deeply integrated with the excavator electronics to give users the same machine response experience as if operating from inside the cab. Grade Assist, Swing Assist, E-Fence and other machine technologies are set, turned on and off remotely without being manually adjusted from inside the cab.

The Cat Control Console

By removing the operator from the cab, Command for Excavating provides a solution to labor shortages and training benefits for new operators. It opens up opportunities for those whose physical limitations prevent them from getting on the equipment, attracting a new generation of workers and increasing the longevity of experienced operators.

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