Cat Command for excavating provides remote-control operation for select Cat excavators, aiming to enhance safe machine operation, while reducing operator fatigue. Six Cat excavators spanning the 20-to-40 metric ton class sizes—Cat 320, 323, 326, 330, 336 and 340 models—can now be equipped with either line-of-sight or non-line-of-sight remote operating configurations.
Cat excavators are made command-ready through a dealer-installed field kit for new or existing fleet machines. The kit features multiple cameras for non-line-of-site operation from the Command station that offer a view of the area and a stream of on-site video feeds. Indicator lights, microphone, wireless receiver, and antenna are also mounted on top of the cab.
Command controls allow users to experience the same machine response as if they were operating from inside the cab, allowing productivity to be maintained from a safe distance. Grade Assist, Swing Assist and E-Fence can also be set, activated and deactivated remotely. Excavators are switched between remote and manual operation via a ground-level switch.
The Command system includes two different remote operating options. The console offers line-of-site machine control through a compact console. Offering machine control from up to 437 yards away, the console controls all excavator functions. Built-in safety features stop all excavator movements if the remote shutdown switch is pressed, wireless communication is lost, or the console is tilted more than 45 degrees from normal operating position.
Station design includes joystick and foot pedal controls. Universal screen mounts positioned in front of the user provide easy view of the excavator’s camera displays, while touchscreen monitors similar to the in-cab display offers machine control.
Command for Excavating also offers a solution to workforce shortages, according to Cat, by opening opportunities to those with physical limitations that prevent them from climbing into the equipment.