Cat Command now available on D3 loaders
By Jenny LescohierFebruary 02, 2022
Cat D3-series loaders can now utilize Cat Command, a feature designed to enhance safety by removing the operator from the machine.
Command provides joystick-controlled remote operation to increase safety and productivity when operating in challenging and potentially hazardous environments.
Cat Command for Loading for skid steer and compact track loaders will be available in two configurations – line-of-sight operation via a lightweight console and non-line-of-sight operation via a remote Command station.
By allowing the user to comfortably control the machine from a safe location, Command is designed to maintain high machine productivity in difficult operating environments such as stevedoring, industrial and waste, demolition and site decommissioning.
A dealer-installed field kit makes any Cat D3 skid steer or compact track loader model Command-ready. The line-of-sight system includes indicator lights, wireless receiver, and antennas installed on the cabin roof with the command activation switch mounted behind a lockable door with ground-level access.
The non-line-of-sight system adds front, rear, and side cameras for 360° viewing and a microphone for sound. Since Command controls are integrated with machine electronics, users experience the same control response as they would operating inside the cab, allowing for productivity to be maintained from a distance, according to Caterpillar.
Line-of-sight Command for Loading operation comes complete with a lightweight, compact control console supported by a shoulder harness. Machine controls such as machine startup/shutdown, bucket rack/dump and lift/lower, rpm, horn, creep control and auxiliary hydraulic functionality are easily accessed through the ergonomic Command console control layout.
Two different line-of-sight consoles will be available, each providing different levels of functionality and control with complex hydromechanical attachments. Operating range for both line-of-sight Command consoles extend up to 1,312 ft to allow for convenient remote operation.
The non-line-of-sight Command for Loading solution includes a modular, customized Command station that positions users in a familiar and comfortable seated position that simulates traditional machine control. One user can connect to multiple machines from a single station, controlling one machine at a time. The station is also compatible with other Command offerings for Cat equipment, such as excavators, dozers and small wheel loaders.
Six Cat excavators became equipped with Cat Command for Excavating late last summer. Projected availability of Command for Loading for Cat D3 series skid steer and compact track loaders is third quarter of 2022.