Caterpillar has taken an ‘old faithful’ of its fleet and added a ‘future-ready’ technology platform with its Next Generation Cat 785 mining truck.
The manufacturer says the new model enhances operator safety and performance, provides more intuitive and predictable operation, delivers faster and easier access to data, and streamlines maintenance.
“The 785 was Caterpillar’s first large mining truck, introduced in 1985. It’s fitting that the first Next Generation Cat mining truck is the new 785—designed to enable mining operations to optimise productivity today and tomorrow,” Cat Large Mining Trucks general manager David Rea said.
“Cat Next Generation mining trucks feature a flexible technology platform and optional configurations that help each mining operation meet their goals.”
The Next Generation 785 offers a new integrated speed coaching feature to give feedback on how to operate the truck most productively.
Truck responsiveness and control are enhanced through multiple upgrades such as the anti-lock brake system, dynamic stability control, enhanced traction control, machine speed limiting, hill start assist with anti-rollback, and cruise control. Additionally, new Auto Hoist control reduces dumping time and unburdens the operator.
An improved payload monitoring system offers more accurate measurement and dipper counts as well as enhanced overload detection and carryback calculation and reporting—to inform operators and production managers. A 360-degree surround view camera delivers a full view of the working area to the operator.
The new deluxe seat boasts leather upholstery, air-adjustable bolsters and lumbar support, heated and cooled cushions, dynamic dampening, and a 30-degree recline with thigh tilt and extension, so it comfortably accommodates operators of all sizes.
Production of the Next Generation Cat 785 Mining Truck will begin in the first quarter of 2021.
More information about the new 785 can be found by contacting the regional Cat dealer or visiting https//www.cat.com