Caterpillar Unveils New VisionLink Productivity Features

The new features include: Cat Grade and Compact, Operator Coaching and E-Ticketing.

The new features include: Cat Grade and Compact, Operator Coaching and E-Ticketing.
The new features include: Cat Grade and Compact, Operator Coaching and E-Ticketing.

Caterpillar’s online web platform, VisionLink Productivity, has been upgraded with the introduction of three new features – Cat Grade and Compact, Operator Coaching and E-Ticketing. This unified platform is designed to give managers insights into jobsite performance and equipment utilization.

The scalable cloud-based application collects and summarizes data from any subscribed machine equipped with a Cat Product Link device.

VisionLink Productivity simplifies data management with its dashboards. These include jobsite summary and detailed insights with performance indicators (KPIs). The platform analyzes standard telematics data, such as machine location, fuel burn and idle time, providing an overview of machine performance. For more in-depth analysis, data from machines equipped with Cat Payload, Grade, and Compact systems provides more job-specific details. 

Cat Grade and Compact

VisionLink Productivity now incorporates Cat Grade 3D and Cat Compact data into its reporting platform. Leveraging Cat Grade Connectivity, the platform enables 3D design files and updates to be distributed to all machines at the jobsite, eliminating the need for USB uploads. VisionLink Productivity supports accuracy through GNSS corrections for position validation rather than installing a base station. Grade Connectivity also minimizes machine downtime by reducing the need to send a technician onsite to diagnose Grade related issues.

Cat Compact summary dashboards show the amount of work completed for each day and calculate the fill volume. Using the Cat Compaction Algorithm (CCA) or Landfill Compaction Algorithm (LCA), it will also show the percent of covered area at target compaction. Landfill material compaction density can be viewed when operators enter weights per day.

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Operator Coaching

Operator Coaching is a tool that supports operators across experience levels to enhance their skills. Two categories of operator coaching tips – Operating Efficiency and Machine Health – are tracked. During machine operation, the operator receives an onboard notification when an action with a corresponding tip is detected, putting them in the driver's seat of their journey.

When paired with the offboard VisionLink Productivity, managers can remotely view what coaching tips their operators have activated. This enables site managers to track improvements over time and focus training on areas specific to the operator's needs and overall operations. Dashboards, lists and maps allow views of each coaching tip's count, time and location.

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Cat Payload E-Ticketing

The new E-Ticketing feature eliminates the need for manual or printed tickets generated by onboard Cat Payload systems. Key personnel can now receive an electronic copy of the tickets via email, including detailed information on individual buckets, total payload, truck and material type. Tickets can be recalled using ID or number or filtering based on material type or truck name. Key performance indicators tracked by E-Ticketing include ticket count, average truck rate, pass count per ticket and total ticket payload.

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