Cat® Grade with Slope Assist is a 2D dozer feature that’s packed with ways to improve productivity and increase operator comfort. The beauty of this system is that there is no hardware to set up and no extra equipment to keep track of. All the technology is built into the iron. Simply get in the cab, use the monitor to program the slope values you want, put the dozer in gear and start dozing.
Watch this video for five simple steps to get started using Slope Assist.
The three different modes in Slope Assist correspond to your desired level of automation.
Match Slope and Swap Slope are two additional functions you can toggle on through the Slope Assist screen.
While it is a 2D system, Slope Assist can augment your work with a 3D system in certain situations. Radios and base stations from Trimble, Topcon and Leica can all be used with Slope Assist.
3D designs digitally map out the exact parameters of a jobsite, but often leave the profiles of fringe areas — driveways, swales, drainage slopes — up to the judgment of the operator. In this case, activate Slope Assist to grade accurate transitions between the fringe areas and the designated space.
There are times when the satellite signals needed for 3D GPS/GNSS operations temporarily drop out, such as behind tall buildings or under dense tree canopy. In these situations, the operator can switch the display screen from 3D to Slope Assist on the fly and match the grades cut previously when the GPS/GNSS signals were guiding the tractor. When the signals are restored, you simply select the home button and you’re back in 3D.
For quick cleanup work like cutting a slight grade to improve drainage before a rain or to dress up a damaged haul road, switch from 3D to Slope Assist and tighten up the rougher areas of the site in no time at all.
Learn more about using 2D Slope Assist to complement 3D grade control by watching this video.
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