New technologies, additional safety features on loaders

By |  March 29, 2016
Cat's 966M

Cat’s 966M

Caterpillar updated its M Series medium wheel loader product line, which includes the 950M, 962M, 966M, 972M, 966M XE, 972M XE, 980M and 982M.

Dedicated to responding quickly to customer needs, these product updates enable Cat to bring new features and product improvements to the market more rapidly and with greater frequency than the traditional machine development cycle, the company says. The 2016 product updates include all new Cat Connect Technologies, additional safety features and reduced operating costs.

The new Product Link Elite system is now offered as standard equipment providing faster cellular and satellite connection capabilities. In addition, the standard machine is shipped from the factory ready to accept the Cat production measurement system. Version 1.2 of the system now indicates when the linkage is in the weighing range, allowing operators to confirm that an accurate scaled weight is being determined. The system also allows operators to manually activate the tip-off feature for those applications in which “auto” tip-off detection is not ideal.

The updated Cat production measurement system helps the operator to more easily navigate truck and material identification lists via the monitor. The system allows the use of multiple buckets by “zeroing” up to 66.5 percent of the original calibration weight. In addition, the standard third-party payload interface enables third-party scale systems to be shown on the cab touch screen, as well as Cat VisionLink. If the system is installed with a payload printer, the printer can be mounted using pre-drilled/tapped holes on the right front ROPS tube.

The Cat object detection system is integrated into the standard display. This radar system increases the operator’s awareness of obstacles up to 52 ft. behind the machine.

Also, new cab steps increase step durability and improve boot contact for increased safety in and out of the cab. Longer-lasting, lower power-consuming LED lights replace the auxiliary halogen-type light option, providing four or eight LED work lights at the front and rear of the machine, and two in the rear hood.

An optional four-point seat belt restraint system provides superior protection from frontal collisions, Cat adds. Additionally, a new, easily visible, roof-mounted, seat belt indicator LED light shines green when the seat belt is buckled.

Optional wheel chocks are conveniently mounted to the front frame of the machine, reducing the opportunity for the machine to roll. Furthermore, additional mounting provisions in the cab allow operators the ability to customize their machine and mount items such as a fire extinguisher or a radio.

Other enhancements include a newly designed right-hand window that makes an emergency exit from the machine faster; additional storage in the base of the cab door that does not impact visibility; and repositioned grab rails that provide safe, easy entrance to the cab.

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