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Cat wheels out new excavator

Caterpillar has unveiled the new Cat M316 Next Generation wheeled excavator. The machine is powered by a fuel efficient 110 kW and Stage V compliant diesel engine that provides the new machine with a travel speed of up to 35 km/hour.

Started with a push-button, via a Bluetooth key fob or through the unique operator ID function, the new M316 simplifies excavator operation. Machine controls are easy to use and navigate with the new 10 inch touchscreen monitor or with the jog-dial control. Using a unique I.D., operators can program power mode and joystick configuration to their preferences, and the excavator remembers each operator’s settings on start-up. Auto axle lock detects when the service brake must be locked or unlocked and releases it automatically when the travel pedal is pressed, reducing the number of actions required by the operator.

Deluxe and premium cab designs for the new M316 are more spacious and offer improved entry/exit through the new tip-up left control console and tilting steering column. Advanced viscous mounts are said to reduce vibration feedback to the cab by up to 50 percent to cut down on operator fatigue.

All fuel filters have a synchronised, 1,000-hour change interval, doubling the filter life. Its new hydraulic oil filter delivers improved filtration and a 50 percent longer change interval at 3,000 operating hours for reduced maintenance. Two-level fuel filtration helps to better protect diesel fuel purity to improve machine uptime reliability. The operator tracks filter life and maintenance intervals on the in-cab touchscreen monitor, aiding in machine maintenance planning.

A ground-level shut-off switch stops all fuel to the engine and shuts down the machine, enhancing servicing safety. All daily maintenance checkpoints are made from ground level, improving convenience and safety for service technicians. Cat S∙O∙S ports are also accessed from ground level for sample fluid extraction, simplifying maintenance. Anti-skid punch plate stairs provide access to the upper-level service platform and to help prevent slipping.

Standard Product Link technology on the new M316 wheeled excavator provides managers critical machine operating data such as location, hours, fuel usage, idle time and diagnostics codes to boost fleet management efficiency. Reported excavator data is conveniently accessed on demand wherever an internet connection is available through VisionLink or the Cat App.

New remote diagnostics tools available for the M316 help save service trips to the jobsite to increase machine servicing efficiency. Remotely performing diagnostics testing without impacting machine productivity, new Remote Troubleshoot allows dealer technicians to detect potential issues by analyzing real-time machine data captured by Product Link. Companies can now download and install the most current version of on-board software for the M316 when it’s most convenient using new Remote Flash technology, so it delivers maximum performance with minimum downtime.

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