CATERPILLAR has announced that Cat 349, 352, 374 and 395 large hydraulic excavators can now be equipped with the Cat Command for Excavating remote control system.
The system removes operators from potentially hazardous site conditions by keeping them at a safe distance, and reduces potential safety risks from climbing on and off machines.
The Cat Command station allows for ‘non-line-of-sight remote control’, where users can control basic machine functions like digging, lifting and tracking.
Caterpillar machine technologies including Cat Grade with 3D for Excavators, Grade with Assist for boom and bucket, Swing Assist, and E-Fence, can also be used remotely.
The Cat Command station seats operators in a ‘virtual cab’ with familiar controls and machine displays. Users can control up to five different machines, one at a time, at the same or other locations.
The new large hydraulic excavator models join the existing Cat Command-ready excavators (320-340) and medium dozers (D5- D7) which can be operated from the same Command station.