Cat to increase productivity of D3 Series skid-steer and compact tracked loaders with new smart creep function

Staff Report,

20 Jan 2022

Available from Q3 2022, new feature maximises efficiency of Cat cold planer and wheel saw attachments work tools with automatic adjustments

Cat to increase productivity of D3 Series skid-steer and compact tracked loaders with new smart creep function

Caterpillar will soon launch a new smart creep feature for the full range of Cat D3 skid-steer loaders (SSL) and compact tracked loaders (CTL) for operating Cat cold planer and wheel saw attachments. Smart creep senses the load on the attachment and automatically adjusts the drive command to keep the cold planer or wheel saw running at the most productive speed.

Describing the new feature, a statement from Cat said that the “combination of attachment sensors and proprietary software optimally balances attachment load and machine speed to maximize productivity”.

“By continually sensing the load on the attachment, smart creep increases machine speed when encountering less resistance and automatically slows the machine when encountering higher load. Engine load remains constant, while the operator can monitor hydraulic pressure on the in-cab display panel,” said the statement from Cat.

Smart creep takes the guess work out of setting the right creep speed for operating the attachment, added the manufacturer. “Without the aid of this feature, setting creep speed too fast can lead to stalling the attachment, and too slow of a speed results in productivity loss. Smart creep software smoothly and efficiently determines the optimal machine speed for cutting conditions.”

With this new smart attachment feature from Caterpillar, the operator needs only to activate the standard creep control system and set the maximum creep speed on the advanced display inside the cab. Once the tool engages the cut, smart creep measures load on the attachment and adjusts the drive command automatically as cutting begins. In the event of the cutter jamming or stalling, an auto reverse feature within smart creep quickly changes machine direction to allow the tool to clear the jam.

According to Cat, it is targeting the third quarter of 2022 to make the smart creep available on the D3 SSL and CTL machines. A field installation kit consisting of sensors and machine software for operating the new feature will be made available for existing fleet loaders and attachments. Once commercially available, new cold planer and wheel saw purchases will be shipped from the factory with the required hardware installed, and new D3 SSL and CTL models will come smart creep ready from the factory.

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