Cat announce upgraded Product Link capabilities
Caterpillar to introduce new hardware and software for connecting expanded range of assets
AT Conexpo-Con/Agg 2017, Caterpillar will introduce new Cat Connect hardware and software to help equipment managers connect all of their assets – ranging from the largest earthmover to the smallest generator, and including both light and heavy-duty trucks and utility vehicles.
The new technologies offer multiple communications channels – cellular, satellite and Bluetooth – to best match the type of asset and the needs of the user. And the systems are designed for easy installation using plug-and-play technology and apps for mobile devices. Battery backup for machine-powered devices and long-life batteries for units on non-powered assets help ensure reliable operation.
The new Product Link device for monitoring production machines has scalable features that allow an increasing amount of data to collected as required – from machine hours and location, to machine health parameters and production numbers.
In contrast, a new tracking device for non-powered assets, such as attachments and trailers, reports location only. The innovative device uses Bluetooth technology to connect with VisionLink, which allows managers to monitor equipment remotely using their smart phones, tablets and desktop computers.
The new truck-monitoring hardware can be retrofitted to all brands of light and heavy-duty trucks, including pickup trucks, service trucks and materials haulers. Using cellular technology, the system can provide information to enhance driver safety and to assist both production and maintenance managers.