Caterpillar Paving Technology Maximizes Productivity

For Worldwide Release : April 2013

Release Number: 143PR13

Caterpillar Paving Technology Maximizes Productivity

Customer input is the driving force behind many recent technological improvements that are engineered and built into Caterpillar's new paving, compaction and cold-planing products on display at bauma in Munich, in hall B6 and in the adjoining external area.

“Customers tell us they want technology with function—technology that helps them improve their productivity and their bottom lines,” says Jim McReynolds, President, Caterpillar Paving Products. “Our ultimate goal is to provide customers with solutions that reduce their owning and operating costs.”

Improved Technology
Products on display showcase Cat® Paving technology, and the advantages it helps deliver.

Cat Grade and Slope
Many new Cat pavers and cold planers feature Cat Grade and Slope technology, engineered to help paving crews precisely lay and mill material. Cross coupling provides a consistent slope despite elevation changes. The technology is easy for both paver and cold planer operators to understand, and for crews to utilize.

The Mobil-Trac undercarriage, available on many new Cat pavers, provides best-in-class traction, with the highest travel speed and the best maneuverability. The system helps ensure work is completed quickly, and pavers can perform under varied and demanding conditions.

Redirection of fumes
Independent researchers recently concluded that as much as 92 percent of fumes are removed or redirected from Cat pavers by the exclusive Cat Fumes Management System. The fumes are redirected from operators of both the paver and the screed.

Cat Compaction Control
Cat Compaction Control is featured on new Cat soil compactors, Cat tandem vibratory compactors and Cat pneumatic rollers. Cat Compaction Control provides operators with information to help them ensure high quality compaction is achieved. For soil compactors, the basic system provides compaction measurement using either Compaction Meter Value (CMV) or Machine Drive Power (MDP) technology, with the ability to augment the system with GPS mapping capability. For tandem vibratory rollers and pneumatic compactors, the system provides pass-count information and GPS mapping, enabling the operators to achieve more homogeneous and effective compaction by ensuring the proper number of passes are made. Features beyond pass-count information are available, including infrared sensors on the front and rear to continuously measure asphalt temperatures. The accumulated data may be stored for later analysis so processes can be examined and adjusted.

Cat Compaction Control with Machine Drive Power (MDP)
Machine Drive Power (MDP), an exclusive technology, is available on new Cat B-Series soil compactors. It performs well on most jobsite applications and soil types: fine, granular and cohesive. It works on smooth drums and can be used on padfoot drums and smooth drums equipped with a padfoot shell kit. It is unique in that it measures compaction with the vibe system on or off.

MDP measures rolling resistance as an indication of soil stiffness. It measures closer to the depth that the machines are able to compact. It also measures closer to lift thickness. The measurements are less impacted by the dampening effect of cohesive soils, so it can be used on padfoot machines.

Cat Compaction Control, whether using CMV or MDP measurement, can also utilize a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), such as GPS, to provide positioning information to map pass count, coverage and compaction measurement details. This data can be stored for review at a later time.

“We continue to leverage our decades of experience in the paving industry, and also to listen to our customers and, with their help, develop technology that provides solutions,” McReynolds says. “As we develop new and improved technologies, we always ask ourselves, 'How can we make them easier for customers to utilize on their jobsites?' At Caterpillar Paving Products, the goal is developing technologies that are so advanced they work effortlessly behind the scenes to greatly improve product performance and reduce owning and operating costs.”

Product Link™ and VisionLink™
Product Link is a remote monitoring solution that enables efficient and effective fleet management. Product Link transmits the information via cell and satellite, and its corresponding web-based application, VisionLink, enables customized condition and utilization reports, enhanced mapping functionality and mixed-fleet capabilities.

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