Caterpillar Inc. has unveiled the first model in its new line of hybrid excavators, the Cat 336E H, at its Mossville Industrial Design Center. The new 336E H will be sold and serviced exclusively through the global Cat dealer network following the machine’s official launch at bauma 2013 in Munich, Germany. The order board for the Cat 336E H opens in Feb. 2013, with factory shipments beginning in March 2013.
The Cat 336E H uses a new hydraulic hybrid technology developed by Caterpillar. “A hybrid is independent of any particular technology—it doesn’t have to be electric,” said Ken Gray, global product manager for large hydraulic excavators for Caterpillar’s Excavation Division. “There are many ways to store and reuse energy, including our patented hydraulic hybrid system featured on the Cat 336E H.”
“Caterpillar has developed, built, and tested electric hybrid excavators, but—until now—we had not found a hybrid approach that would actually lower our customers’ owning and operating costs,” Gray said. “Large excavators operate in high-production applications in which fuel is a very significant operating cost for our customers. So, the 336E H, the hybrid version of our workhorse 336E, is ideal for introducing our new hydraulic hybrid technology, with...
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Caterpillar introduces 'Command for dozing', an integrated remote control system for Cat® D10T and D11T Track-Type Tractors. Command for dozing enables remote, line-of-sight operation using a portable console, which allows the equipment operator to stay out of hazardous areas, such as under highwalls, near slides or pushing to underground feeders in stockpiles. The system enables mining and bulk materials handling operations to work safely, productively and economically in a broad range of applications.
Command for dozing differs from aftermarket add-on systems, because it is fully integrated with the Caterpillar designed components, systems and electronic control modules (ECM) used on the D10T and D11T. Integration reduces complexity and cost and enables the system to deliver higher performance, better reliability, longer life and enhanced safety. The system also allows using Autocarry and Auto Blade Assist for high productivity.
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Caterpillar has said that its North American Cat Dealer network will be fully prepared to offer whole-truck service and sales support for the company’s first ever Cat Vocational Truck, the Cat CT660. Since announcing the new line of on-highway Class 8 Cat Trucks in 2008, personnel at all 54 U.S. and Canadian Dealerships, including their over 400 service locations and 2,300 service bays, have been engaged in intense training to ensure they are ready to meet customers’ product support needs for the trucks.
The capabilities Dealers have been adding to provide customers with bumper-to-bumper support are a natural extension of their existing truck capabilities and expertise, according to the Director of the On-Highway Truck Group, George Taylor, who leads the design, development and launch of the new trucks.
Taylor said, “Caterpillar and Cat Dealers already had extensive experience supporting on-highway customers from our 40-plus-year history of serving the truck industry, especially with powertrains.”
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The first-ever Cat on-highway trucks received an enthusiastic response from the more than 300 people in attendance at a launch event in Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia.
The new products – the Cat CT610 and Cat CT630 – were developed by NC2, the joint venture between Navistar and Caterpillar. The trucks are being assembled in Tullamarine, Victoria and will be sold through a newly formed Australian network composed of select Cat dealers.
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