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Cat set to launch smart creep feature for D3 skid steers

An automated feature for cold planer and wheel saw attachments is set to be launched worldwide later this year.

D3 skid steer and compact loaders will get smart creep

Caterpillar is set to launch a smart creep feature for its D3 skid steer loaders and compact track loaders, automatically adjusting speed for the most productive outcome.

Expected to be available towards the end of this year, the feature will be installed for operating Cat cold planer and wheel saw attachments,  with the smart creep feature sensing  the load and adjusting the drive command accordingly.

Cat says the smart creep feature will take the guesswork out of setting the right creep speed for operating the attachment, helping to avoid the stalling that can occur when the creep speed is set too fast.

Using a combination of attachment sensors and proprietary software, the feature will increase machine speed when encountering less resistance and slow the machine when it senses a higher load.

Engine load remains constant, while the operator can monitor hydraulic pressure on the in-cab display panel.

“With this new smart attachment feature from Caterpillar, the operator needs only to activate the standard creep control system and set the maximum creep speed on the advanced display inside the cab,” Cat says.

“Once the tool engages the cut, smart creep measures load on the attachment and adjusts the drive command automatically as cutting begins.

“In the event of the cutter jamming or stalling, an auto reverse feature within smart creep quickly changes machine direction to allow the tool to clear the jam,” the company says.

Cat will make a field installation kit with sensors and machine software available for existing fleet loaders and attachments once the feature is launched.

When commercially available, new cold planer and wheel saw purchases will be shipped from the factory with the required hardware installed, and new D3 SSL and CTL models will come smart creep ready from the factory.

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