Cat Unveils Next-Gen Mining Truck Cab

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The next generation cab for Cat mining trucks includes numerous automation features to improve operator efficiency. The larger cab design incorporates more than 30 new features that improve connectivity, build confidence, and adapt to future mining needs with an expandable electronics platform.

The machine's reengineered electronics platform improves maintenance for Cat mining trucks through remote services offerings—Remote Flash and Remote Troubleshoot. By upgrading software and diagnosing machine alerts remotely at a time convenient for the production schedule, Remote Flash and Remote Troubleshoot deliver higher productivity with maximized truck uptime.

The walk-through design features a fully adjustable center console, increased legroom, adjustable next gen seat, temperature-controlled HVAC system, and advanced cab filtration options. Two 10-inch displays eliminate clutter and reduce operator fatigue. The touch screen display integrates several standard and optional Caterpillar technologies.

The in-cab powered mirror control delivers left- and right-side rearview mirror adjustments from the operator seat. It is available with high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter options to reduce operator exposure to potentially hazardous particles. The new design reduces respirable dust penetration up to 96 percent to keep operators healthier and more productive.

“Every time we get a new machine at the quarry, we feel that they are getting better. They are getting more sophisticated to help the operator run the machine,” says Mario Amaran, heavy equipment operator for CEMEX Quarry, Miami, Fla. “The panels and controls are within your reach without having to lose your focus on operating the machine. The comfort and the ride, I compare it to my car out on the turnpike. It’s very comfortable, even with our dirt road situations. We bring a lot of dirt to the hopper, and the operators are happy.”

The machine's new automated starting process also enables all pre-start functions and checks to occur at the push of the button. A unique operator ID code authenticates the operator to improve security.

Enhanced Automatic Retarder Control (ARC) sets retarding speed based on grade, payload, and brake oil temperature and demonstrated up to 6 percent higher retarding speeds in feature validation. Operators can use the console’s rotary dial to set the maximum speed limit maintained during retarding. Enhanced Cat Payload System delivers more accurate measurement of payloads.

AutoHoist automatically raises the truck body and controls the engine speed, reducing dump cycle time by up to 12 seconds. Speed Coaching provides a recommended speed, indicating the machine capability for both propulsion and retarding. Maintained speed is set and controlled on-the-fly using a rotary dial with a Cruise Control option.

Standard Hill Start with Anti Roll Back keeps the truck stationary through automatic brake application when rolling in the opposite direction of the selected gear. Configurable 2nd Gear Start reduces shifting by automatically determining if the truck can start in second gear. Enhanced Traction Control determines targeted rear-wheel speeds to improve control, while reducing tire wear and damage. EObject Detect combines radar and camera systems to warn truck operators of hazards within the immediate vicinity.

Optional Dynamic Stability Control monitors and modulates the individual wheel brakes to keep the machine tracking with the operator’s steering inputs, while the available anti-lock brake system (ABS) maintains the desired path of travel during braking in slippery conditions. Cat Vision 360, available from the factory, improves the operator’s field of vision by providing a top-down surround view of the truck.