New cloud-based platform designed to help boost machine performance and productivity
FINNING UK & Ireland are urging their customers to sign up to the new Cat Productivity platform, a cloud-based system designed to gather and analyse a vast range of machine data that will help boost machine performance and productivity.
Customers will be able to track how much time their machines spend loading, hauling, and dumping, and how work is progressing, whether they are on site or not. Armed with a superior level of analysis, customers will be better placed to make informed decisions to ensure each piece of equipment is performing to a higher level – across multiple sites and projects.
Tom Barker, performance solutions consultant for Finning UK & Ireland, said: ‘The Cat Productivity platform gives customers the information they need to implement the right changes to improve site productivity by lowering the cost per tonne through measures such as reducing idle time and tracking individual assets to ensure they are optimally positioned to reduce cycle time.
‘We already have a number of customers utilizing the platform and have had some great feedback from them because it’s so easy to use and gives them all the information they need in one place, both for reporting purposes to their client and to implement effective changes that add up to big improvements in productivity.’
Cat Productivity can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week from any Internet device and can be used for mixed fleets of Cat and non-Cat machines. It gathers accurate data from multiple jobsites and machines into one platform, covering everything from tonnes per hour, cycles per hour, load count by site or asset, working vs idle hours, and machine fuel burn, and making reporting simple and improvements to jobsite operation easy to implement.
In a Caterpillar production study, which looked at two scenarios, insights from Cat Productivity led to an optimized bucket-filling process which delivered a 20% advantage in cycle time, and an optimized truck-loading process which led to a 23% improvement in fuel efficiency.
Jobsite dashboards allow users to view a summary of multiple jobsites and metrics – such as number of assets, tonnes per hour, and cycles per hour – at a glance on one screen, whilst one click into the Productivity tab allows a deeper dive into weekly load counts by asset and site, for example, and cost totals for idle time and per tonne. The platform also provides an interactive map so users can monitor the movement of their assets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and monitor dump events.
To help customers get the most from Cat Productivity, Finning are offering the platform as part of three support packages – Inform, Advise, and Partner – which begin with a set-up-only bundle through to a full partnership package to assist in implementing a continuous improvement programme.