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Caterpillar to launch new excavator range in Middle East in Q2 2018

by Fatima De La Cerna on Oct 12, 2017

Caterpillar has added three models to its excavator product line.
Caterpillar has added three models to its excavator product line.
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Caterpillar has expanded its hydraulic excavator (hex) product line with the addition of three new models, which will be available in the Middle East in the second quarter of 2018.

The company unveiled its next generation 20-ton size class excavators – the 320 GC, the 320, and the 323 – during a press event held at its Malaga Demonstration and Learning Centre (MDLC) from 9-11 October, 2017.

Speaking at the products’ reveal, Herwig Peschl, global marketing manager of Caterpillar, said: “Up to 45% efficiency improvement for the operator, up to 25% reduction in fuel consumption, and up to 15% maintenance cost reduction – this is game changing.”

He added: “Game changing is what we’re about. We keep investing into our products and services to make sure we satisfy our customers [by giving them] what they have been asking for.”

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According to the company, the 320 GC model is designed for low- to medium-duty applications, while the 320 is intended for medium- to heavy-duty applications. Of the three models, the 323 offers the most power and lift capacity, promising maximum productivity at the lowest possible cost, said the company.

Both the Cat 320 and 323 excavators are equipped with integrated Cat Connect Technology, which reportedly increases operating efficiency by up to 45% over traditional grading operations.

The products’ Cat Grade with 2D system offers guidance for depth, slope, and horizontal distance to grade, helping operators achieve their target grade quickly and accurately, the company noted.

The 2D system comes with an E-fence feature, which prevents any part of the excavator from moving outside operator-defined set points, boosting operational safety. The standard 2D system can be upgraded to Cat Grade with Advanced 2D or Cat Grade with 3D.

Other standard features of the Cat 320 and 323 include Standard Grade Assist and the Cat Payload on-board weighing.

The former automates boom, stick, and bucket movements, allowing operators to stay on grade with single-lever digging, while the latter is expected to deliver precise load targets and increased loading efficiency with on-the-go weighing and real-time payload estimates without swinging, to prevent truck over/under-loading.

Claiming 25% less fuel consumption compared to previous models, Caterpillar has installed the three new excavators with engines that provide power ratings from 107 kW to 117 kW.

Moreover, operators have the option to turn on the range’s new smart mode operation feature, which will automatically match engine and hydraulic power to digging conditions. Engine speed is also automatically lowered when there is no hydraulic demand.

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