New Cat® Locator Device

Caterpillar Introduces New Cat® Locator Device for Machine Attachments and Jobsite Assets

For Worldwide Release: February 2019
Release Number: 64PR19

Caterpillar is pleased to announce the addition of the PL161 attachment locator to the Locator series of the Cat® Product Link™ hardware product line. The PL161 locator is the most advanced OEM integrated technology solution for attachment tracking. With the ability to track location and utilization, users can know where their attachments are across all worksites, reduce the number of lost attachments, and plan for attachment maintenance and replacement.

The PL161 attachment locator can be used on attachments and non-powered assets as an affordable option for last known location tracking, and it integrates easily into users’ operation for full fleet management of machines and attachments from one dashboard on a smartphone or a tablet.

The PL161 locator is a customer installable device that supports operation in harsh environments. The compact design of the locator makes it compatible for a wide range of assets without interfering with the work they are doing. Bluetooth range is up to 30 meters (100 feet), depending on the environment and any obstructions. The device is battery powered with an estimated life of 2 years.

The PL161 locator is designed to be used with the Cat App and with other PL Series scanning devices installed on Next Generation excavators and retrofit kits are available for older machines. When using the Cat App within range of the PL161 locator device, the location will be logged automatically. This system leverages cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity through the user’s own smartphone or tablet to transmit data to the VisionLink® and applications. Purchase of the PL161 locator comes with a subscription to VisionLink for the life of the device.

PL161 locator is available from the factory on select attachments and will be factory-installed on all excavator attachments starting from the middle of 2019. The Cat App is compatible with most smart devices that have Bluetooth 4.0 or later and is available for download from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android). 



Dimensions cm (in)

Approximately 5 x 3.8 x 1.5

(2" x 1.5" x 0.6")

Weight, grams (oz)

85 (3.0)

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