Cat to Launch Asset-Connection System at ConExpo | Construction News

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At ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017, Caterpillar will launch new Cat Connect hardware and software that enable equipment managers to connect all assets—from the largest earthmover to the smallest generator.

New Cat Product Link 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 communication channels—cellular, satellite, and Bluetooth—to best match the type of asset and the needs of the user.

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 reliability.

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 and production numbers.

In contrast, a new tracking device for non-powered assets, such as attachments and trailers, reports location only. The innovative device uses Bluetooth technology to connect with VisionLink, which enables managers to monitor equipment remotely using smart phones, tablets and desktop computers.

The new truck-monitoring hardware is designed for retrofitting on all brands of light- and heavy-duty trucks, including pickup trucks, service trucks, and material haulers. Using cellular technology, the system can provide information to enhance driver safety and to assist both production and maintenance managers.

Cat will display the technology at ConExpo, booth N10924 (North Hall) and G4490 (Gold Lot).