Cat Grade Control now offers systems installed at the factory as an integral component of select EPA Tier 4 Interim/EU Stage III emission compliant Cat crawler dozers, scrapers, motor graders and hydraulic excavators. Cat says the factory-installed GPS systems improve reliability and reduce the need for daily removal of a GPS receiver. This means fewer cables and sensors in a harsh blade-mounted environment, and the system can be calibrated at the factory. Cat Grade Control systems are completely compatible with AccuGrade design files and infrastructure.
Cat Cross Slope is fully compatible with all AccuGrade kits, including laser, sonic, GPS and UTS systems. The Cross Slope system uses factory installed sensors and standard machine components including the monitor in the cab for reliable, durable performance at lower cost. The standard Messenger display in a motor grader cab allows the operator to set the target slope while displaying the current measured cross slope in real time. The system also visually indicates the direction of the blade slope, which is important on relatively flat roads where it is difficult for the operator to see.
With Cat Grade Control for the wheel tractor-scraper, the operator has manual control of the cutting edge when the bowl is above the design height, but as soon as one or both tips reach the design elevation, the Grade Control system automatically prevents the cutting edge from going below grade, which effectively eliminates costly rework.
Cat Grade Control Depth & Slope for E Series hydraulic excavators uses the standard in-cab excavator display to provide graphical information on depth and slope to operators when digging footings, foundations or basements, as well as trenches, side slopes or embankments. The system can stand alone to provide real-time location of the bucket teeth for quick and easy setup, or the included laser receiver on the stick is ready to be used with the contractor’s laser transmitter for increased accuracy and more flexibility.