Cat Production Measurement takes guesswork out of loading
We were recently at the launch of Cat’s new M series wheel loaders and were impressed with what we saw. We were particularly enamoured with the M series’ integrated ‘Production Measurement’ weighing technology which Cat says takes the guesswork out of measuring payloads.
The Production Measurement system provides the operator with detailed payload data directly to the touch-screen monitor in the cab.
Cat says the aim of the tech is to help customers reach their target payload the first time, eliminating under-loading and over-loading that result in lost productivity and higher fuel usage.
The load is recorded by strain gauge sensors in the bucket, and Cat’s exclusive ‘low-lift-weigh’ feature allows operators to weigh the load as is, rather than having to re-calibrate by going through the entire lift cycle.
The Production Measurement system then adds the recorded weight to the total payload weight being loaded into the truck, allowing the operator to keep track of how many more passes are needed.
The system’s ‘Tip Off’ mode then uses this data to help the operator quickly calculate how much material is needed for the final pass.
A range of other data can be recorded and/or calculated as well such as average load per hour, average load per cycle, average load per litre of fuel, overload detection, total engine idle time and many other useful productivity indicators.
The Production Measurement system is currently available on M series wheel loaders and Cat says it is set to be rolled out to C series articulated trucks and F series excavators.
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