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68 • March 2017 www.concreteproducts.com FEATURE SHOW REPORT A host of 2017 product updates for the 950 and larger M Series medium wheel loaders will be featured at ConExpo-Con/Agg. Cat Payload Technologies are designed to increase production and job-site efficiency by ensuring vehicles are loaded to exact specifi- cations, resulting in optimum utilization of equipment and lower operating costs. Cat Production Measurement system capabilities have been expanded to include the Advanced Productivity Application, an optional web-based tool available through the manufacturer's VisionLink portal. Owners can better develop future project costs and profitability estimates based on key performance indicators, includ- ing detailed production history, productivity and efficiency clearly visualized on their desktop computers or mobile devices. The ability to track what each machine and operator are doing from a payload, fuel consumption, and machine application aspect is critical to eliminating potential waste in plant and jobsite operations. With subscription to the VisionLink-supported Advanced Productiv- ity app, customers receive a user-customizable "dashboard," making it easy to understand their loader's production output quickly. If further analysis is required, the user can wirelessly import detailed data including fuel consumption, transactional payload information, machine application and cycle segmentation data into their specific databases. Advanced Productivity leverages the loader's on-board Cat Product Link Elite PLE641 cellular data radio, standard on most M series loaders, to ensure reliable and fast hourly updates—all without the need for additional telematics hardware. Cat Production Measurement 2.0 incorporates numerous updates to enhance operator and site management efficiencies. Increased system data storage means data for the last 3,500 stored payloads can now be saved in on-board memory. Owners can continue to access all historical payload data off-board in the Advanced Productivity app. For customers utilizing list management functionality for track- ing of material and truck IDs, both lists have expanded memory capability up to 250 entries each. Operators can now add or delete list entries on the fly via touchscreen display. Alternatively, with the Advanced Productivity app, site management can wirelessly update material and truck IDs through the VisionLink interface to an entire fleet. For operators who require only basic payload features, such as when jobsite needs do not require tracking payloads by truck ID nor material ID, a newly added basic payload mode hides more advanced features to simplify the payload screen. The new Operator ID functionality is standard on all medium wheel loader models and enables site managers to tag payload, fuel consumption and machine application data by operator name, helping customers identify the most efficient operators. Inside M Series loader cabs, a new deluxe seat option includes leather headrests and inserts, dual-level heated and ventilated seat bottoms and back cushions with lumbar support. An updated Autoshift system for the 950M and 962M uses new logic to improve performance and fuel efficiency by allowing an earlier 3L-to-4L shift at part throttle in economy mode and an earlier 2-to-3 shift during truck loading for enhanced controllability. A new Autolube system simplifies maintenance and service needs, reducing machine downtime, and includes a ground level fill point and serviceable hoses fully integrated into the machine's electronic architecture through both the touchscreen display and VisionLink telematics that indicate reservoir fill level and service fault code needs. To improve service and maintenance in low light conditions, optional LED Service Lighting is now available under the hood com- partment and near the transmission sight glass, reducing labor costs and equipment downtime. — Caterpillar Inc., www.cat.com/ requestCatinfo Booths N10924, G4490 CATERPILLAR Caterpillar has built out productivity-enhancing technology tools in the 950M and companion series machines. Compatible with K and M Series medium loaders, the Egress Safety Lighting provides an LED light trained on the 15-degree inclined cab access ladder.