Cat Command for Dozing Available for D8T Dozer

At CONEXPO 2017, Caterpillar announced its remote control system for dozers is now available for the D8T Dozer, helping improve safety on the job site.

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Cat Command for dozing, the Cat remote control system for dozers, is now available for the D8T Dozer.  Command for dozing enhances safety and efficiency by enabling an operator to control the dozer nearby using a compact, portable console or a comfortable operator station. With the addition of video and sound to the system, the remote operator station can be used in a distant location. Deep integration with Cat machine systems enables smooth, precise control for superior efficiency and productivity.

The Command for dozing system is proven in thousands of hours of operating Cat D10T and D11T Dozers working at mines around the world. This same technology is now available for the D8T, a workhorse in construction and aggregates operations.

The over-the-shoulder console is recommended for short-duration activities such as cleaning up near highwalls and road cuts, stabilizing slides and working in any area that poses increased risks. Line-of-sight control distances can be as much as a quarter mile (400 m).

The remote operator station enables the operator to work from a comfortable, seated position with familiar dozer controls—away from the active dozing area. The station promotes efficient operation in a wide range of site conditions.

The station itself is modeled on the actual cab of the machine, with all ergonomic controls, alarms and features operating as they do in the dozer. The system can be equipped for line-of-sight operation or for teleremote operation with the addition of video and audio feeds from the site and dozer. The design of the remote operator station allows it to be configured for easy transport in a truck or trailer, which adds flexibility in its application.

Remote operation allows dozers to be used in any situation that presents potential safety and health hazards. In addition to highwall and edge work, common challenges include steep slopes, pond and drainage operations, and aggressive ripping. Remote operation also enables a dozer to continue production immediately after blasting, rather than waiting for the air to clear.