In February, Caterpillar released new software that expands the capabilities of the AccuGrade grade control system — Cat's factory-integrated, sensor-independent system for machine control and guidance.
The new onboard software — CD700 v.11 — and new office software — AccuGrade Office v.7.2 — support three additional types of machines: wheel loaders, wheel dozers and towed scrapers.
New, more capable configurations also are offered for track-type tractors, motor graders and hydraulic excavators.
AccuGrade systems continue to support soil compactors and wheel tractor-scrapers.
The new software includes Sky Plot, which allows the machine operator to view GPS and GLONASS satellites available when using MS980 or MS990 receivers.
The operator also can enable or disable use of the GLONASS satellite constellation from the cab when using the MS990 receivers. The capability can help ensure optimum satellite coverage for fast start-up and accurate operation.
The new software also enhances diagnostic information. AccuGrade Office wireless users now can remotely retrieve radio settings, machine measurements, valve calibration tables, and machine settings. The capability speeds diagnostic and calibration tasks.
For additional information about the Cat AccuGrade grade control system, customers should contact their local Cat dealer or visit the Caterpillar website at www.cat.com/accugrade.