Caterpillar introduced the Cat® 320D2 Forest Machine (FM) in Australia, coinciding with the company’s exhibit at AUSTimber 2016, held April 11-16 in Traralgon, Victoria.
The company also introduced the new Cat Advanced Ride Management (Cat ARM) seat suspension system for the D Series wheel skidders, a revolutionary development in seat suspension technology.
The Cat 320D2 FM replaces the 320D FM and is available in a General Forestry version for use in site prep, forestry road building, and heavy-duty harvesting and processor applications; a Log Loader version is available for grapple (log loading), grapple saw, and light-duty processor applications.
The new Cat ARM seat suspension system for the D Series wheel skidders will provide unmatched comfort for operators and help improve the bottom line for logging contractors. It is a semi-active suspension that dampens vibration and minimizes end stop events in real time, a breakthrough technology.
Caterpillar’s exhibit at AUSTimber 2016 also included demonstrations of the Cat® Simulators Forest Machine (FM) Log Loader simulator system.
Cat Simulators combine simulated worksite applications and conditions with realistic controls. A variety of training exercises designed to address each of the skills associated with operating actual machines are represented in different work environments.
Cat Simulators provide hands-on learning in a safe and economical way to enhance traditional operator training programs. Experienced operators also can benefit from simulator training by refining skills to increase production levels.
The Caterpillar exhibit at AUSTimber 2016 consisted of about a dozen machines and attachments showcasing capabilities in harvesting hardwood and softwood and total forest industry solutions. The local Cat dealership William Adams helped make the show a success.