Get the Big Picture
with Cat Inspect

This fall, Caterpillar launched a new app for asset inspections, Cat Inspect. With it, operators will be able to use it with mobile devices like tablets and smart phones to take pictures and add comments during inspections.

Cat Inspect is an easy-to-use application that allows users to download and complete inspections and include additional information such as pictures, comments, and ratings. With machine-specific Preventive Maintenance (PM) checklists, performing recommended services at the appropriate intervals has never been easier.

Customers and operators can download the app for Apple and Android devices, as well as Windows tablets. Cat Inspect allows users to complete asset inspections and add photos, annotations, comments, and ratings. The app will even connect with VisionLink®, the telematics software used for Caterpillar assets. Leveraging VisionLink and Cat EMSolutions, the scalable equipment management offering from Caterpillar to access important alerts, you can get a big picture view of your fleet.

Thirty-three-year machine inspection veteran and Fleet Monitoring Center Implementation Manager, Jeff Payne, says, “This app is great. Operators can have the appropriate checklist right in front of them so they can mark things off or call attention to certain areas as they go through inspections.”

  • Digital inspections provide real-time information for review, retention, and printing
  • Optimized for mixed fleet owners: Secure inspection results for Cat and non Cat assets in one place
  • Red, Yellow, or Green ratings allow for quick identification of actionable items
  • Prioritize repair spend budget based on inspection results and status
  • Help screens available within the inspections for applicable information
  • Assign inspections and review results from various employees
  • Add ratings, make comments, and take pictures during inspections
  • Integrated with other systems like VisionLink for accessible, big-picture data

No need to keep track of paper inspections any longer—just complete and share your inspections electronically with Cat Inspect.

Visit www.cat.com/catinspect to download on your device, then contact your local dealer for help with initial access.

Keep Your Fleet Running with Cat Inspect

“The biggest thing for me is to uncover small issues before they become large, expensive problems that waste a great deal of time and money,” explains Payne. “No one wants unproductive machines on site that are in the repair shop. For example, if a cylinder is leaking oil, not only is it bad for the environment, but as you cycle that cylinder, dirt and dust are pulled back through. Soon that will contaminate your whole hydraulic system. Now, instead of a simple repair, it becomes a complete hydraulic system flush and there is potential damage to multiple system components.”

“[With Cat Inspect], we use a stoplight way of looking at things. That simply means a green response if it’s OK to move on. Yellow means the operator has identified a problem, but that it’s something that can be scheduled for the next maintenance interval. A red mark means a particular area needs immediate attention, something that would damage the machine if operation were to continue or something that’s a safety concern,” notes Payne.


HOW TO PERFORM A GOOD INSPECTION

THREE INSPECTION TYPES:

DAILY INSPECTIONS
Before each shift, should take about 10 to 15 minutes. This includes checking the fluids and a four-corner inspection and greasing.

A TECHNICAL ANALYSIS 1 (TA-1)
BETWEEN 250-500 HOURS SERVICE
A more in-depth visual inspection, which takes 30 minutes to an hour and includes Lower, Mid, Upper and Implements and attachments. Spend more time than a daily and really look the machine over good.

THE TECHNICAL ANALYSIS 2 (TA-2)
AT EVERY 2,000 HOURS
A very in-depth analysis that requires specialized tools and a skilled inspection person to check areas such as cycle times, system pressures and engine power. A TA2 gets your machine adjusted back to peak operating condition.

 

“I want to know what the asset is saying, and I use a lot of my senses when I do an inspection I am looking, listening and smelling but I stop short of tasting.”

-Jeff Payne, machine inspection veteran and Fleet Monitoring Center Implementation Manager.

 

WHAT IS YOUR MACHINE TELLING YOU?

  • Operators should also listen to the engine for noises like rattling or thumping
  • Look and see if the exhaust system producing white, blue, black or grey smoke
  • Operators typically don’t notice reduced power until their machine has lost about 20 percent efficiency, usually in the hydraulic system.

FLUIDS:
Fluid level check: this includes fuel, oil, coolant and hydraulic fluid. Low fluid levels can damage machines.

FLUIDS:
Make sure there are no puddles of fluid under the machine.

FLUIDS:
Everything that requires grease should be greased every 10 hours – or once per shift.

THE FOUR-CORNER INSPECTION:
Check the electrical system, especially for rubbing or loose wires.

THE FOUR-CORNER INSPECTION:
Check cylinders and hoses for leaks, rubs or abrasions.

THE FOUR-CORNER INSPECTION:
Inspect cutting edges, teeth and adapters.

THE FOUR-CORNER INSPECTION:
Look for anything that might be loose, bent, damaged or cracked.

 


Cat® Inspect:
Get The Picture. And the Notes.


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