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Caterpillar: new machines and technology

First publishedin Aggregates Business Europe & International
January February 2017
Caterpillar 982M Wheel Loader loading truck with gravel
With 40 machines on display in two different exhibit areas, Caterpillar’s presence is among the largest at the show. Eight Cat machines will make their public debut, six more machines introduced recently will be on display for the first time at an equipment show.

New machines to be displayed include the M317F wheeled excavator, a compact radius design that is said to expand versatility and enhances productivity in tight areas.

The 390F and 336F XE excavators, both with crawler undercarriages, have been updated to deliver improved productivity and lower costs. The 390F can be equipped with an integrated payload system for accurate truck loading, while the 336F XE has the payload system as standard equipment, as is 2D GRADE technology , with the option of a number of integrated Cat Connect grade control systems. The new 986K wheeled loader on show replaces the H Series model and delivers lower cost per tonne in earthmoving and aggregates operations.

The 950 GC wheeled loader will make its North American debut where it will be displayed alongside the full-featured 950M. The 950M, the 972M XE and 982M will also be on display to highlight updates including new Cat Connect technologies; additional operator comfort and safety features, and features that help reduce operating costs. The new 745 articulated truck features an all-new cab with enhanced visibility. Innovative machine control features further improve operator efficiency and safety. The new stability assist system reduces the risk of roll-overs, and the new Economy Mode reduces fuel consumption.

The full line of Cat paving products is represented with emphasis on three new cold planers, PM825, PM622 and PM312.

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