Caterpillar is launching its new Next Generation Excavator (NGH) in Brisbane this week, promising a machine that can dig out six tonnes of dirt a minute.
Standing over 2.9m tall and weighing up to 25 tonnes, the first model in Australia is set to be unveiled to more than 130 Queensland construction industry figures at the Powerhouse.
Distributor Hastings Deering says 25 machines have been sold to local customers, earmarked for work on major projects including the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade, and the upcoming work on the M1 / Gateway merge.
Hastings Deering building construction industries manager Simon Turnbull said Caterpillar’s NGH 320 and 323 machines were a massive leap forward in technology that would allow companies to be more productive and efficient than ever before.
“It is interactive and enjoyable to operate: have you ever heard those words used to describe machinery before?” Mr Turnbull said.
“These machines will not only provide benefits to the Tier 1 and 2 contractors working on large-scale government infrastructure projects, but are a game changer for the wider civil industry.
“They will be able to move dirt more efficiently and faster than ever before, ensuring the tax payers get maximum value for the expenditure on these projects.”
The Cat 320 and 323 are equipped with integrated Cat Connect Technology, which promises to lift operating efficiency by up to 45 percent over traditional grading operations.
Offering guidance for depth, slope and horizontal distance to grade, the Cat Grade with 2D system helps operators reach desired grade quickly and accurately.
Using the system’s E-fence feature enables the machine to work safely under structures or near traffic by preventing any part of the excavator from moving outside operator-defined set points. The standard 2D system can be upgraded to Cat Grade with Advanced 2D or Cat Grade with 3D.
Standard Grade Assist automates boom, stick and bucket movements while Cat Payload on-board weighing is integrated on the Cat 320 and 323 to deliver precise load targets and increased loading efficiency.
Cat LINK™ hardware and software connect job sites to the office and provide customers with machine-critical operating information.