Caterpillar Product Link Capabilities Will Connect an Expanded Range of Assets

At CONEXPO-CON/AGG, the company will launch new Cat Connect hardware and software that will enable equipment managers to connect all of their assets

Caterpillar Inc.
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At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, Caterpillar will launch new Cat Connect hardware and software to enable equipment managers to connect all of their assets — from the largest earthmover to the smallest generator, and including both light and heavy-duty trucks and utility vehicles. The new technologies connect any brand and type of equipment, powered or non-powered, and all report through a single system, VisionLink.

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 enable increasing data collected as needed — from machine hours and location through 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 device uses Bluetooth technology to connect with VisionLink, which enables managers to monitor equipment remotely using their smart phones, tablets and desktop computers.

The new truck monitoring hardware is designed for retrofitting 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.

To learn more, visit Caterpillar in booth 10924 in the North Hall and booth 4490 in the Gold Lot.