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Caterpillar Announces Acquisition of Robotic Expertise

Caterpillar Inc. today announced they’ve acquired select assets and hired employees from San Francisco, Cal. based robot and autonomy technology solutions company Marble Robot, Inc. 

The acquisition is part of Caterpillar’s automation and autonomy strategy and demonstrates its commitment to the next generation of jobsite solutions. Building on its leadership in autonomous mining, the company plans to leverage the deep expertise of the new team to bring scalable solutions to meet the changing needs of construction, quarry, industrial and waste industries.

The new team is comprised of leading roboticists with a deep background in the robotics industry. Caterpillar intends to leverage the team’s fully integrated on-board autonomy technology – including perception, localization and planning – to continue delivering smart, safe, more productive and cost-effective solutions to customers.

“We’re excited to join the autonomy team at Caterpillar,” said Kevin Peterson, former Marble CEO, now Caterpillar technologist. “In many ways, this completes a full circle for me. I had the privilege of working with Caterpillar early in my career at Carnegie Mellon, where they sponsored the development of the first generation of self-driving vehicle software. Now, with the acquisition of the Marble team, together we will drive the next generation of autonomy solutions for Caterpillar customers in the construction, quarry, industrial and waste industries.” 

Caterpillar is well-positioned to grow services based on its large installed base of connected equipment, outstanding field technology and decades of product, service and application expertise to turn that experience into useful insights for our customers. The company will continue to make investments in emerging technologies, like automation and autonomy, in order to bring innovative solutions to meet the industries’ challenges.

“Our customers need the best solutions for running an effective jobsite, with improved operator productivity, lower operating costs, and greater efficiency brought by autonomous solutions,” said Karl Weiss, Caterpillar Chief Technology Officer. “That’s why we’re continuing to invest in the areas of automation, remote control and autonomy.”

June is “Safety Awareness” month and Caterpillar is hosting a series of three webinars – “BEYOND SAFETY BASICS.”


Webinar #1:  The Psychology of Safety:  Understanding Employee Behavior in Uncertain Times:  Learning the psychology of safety will help you understand the drivers of differing employee behavior. Especially during uncertain times, people behave differently based on a variety of factors, including what is important to them. Our experts help you understand these drivers and make a connection between people, culture and performance.  Presenter:  Jenny Krasny, Operational Risk Consultant, Caterpillar Safety Services

Available NOW https://youtu.be/YMg24qhmoAY               https://www.facebook.com/caterpillarinc/posts/10156882740245764

Webinar #2: Communication Strategy: Supporting Safety Through Words and Deeds:  Leaders, either by title or influence, constantly send messages that shape others’ attitudes and drive their behaviors. Intentionally or unintentionally, every communication and action from a leader tells a story about what’s important to him/her. Learn how you can build a strong communication strategy, especially during uncertain times, to demonstrate your commitment to safety and drive safe behavior throughout the entire organization.  Presenter:  Abby Fansler, MS, Communication Consultant, Caterpillar Safety Services

Available @ 12:00 noon CST, Tuesday, June 23: https://youtu.be/nIPTD2VhBn0   OR   facebook.com/caterpillarinc

#3 Live Webinar: Demonstrating Commitment: Taking Safety from the Office to the Frontline:  Leaders have a wide scope of influence and accountability, so it is critical that they demonstrate commitment to safety through both words and actions, just as they do for production. It starts with leading by example, but true leadership goes beyond wearing proper PPE and ensuring others do the same. Learn tips to create and sustain a culture of positive safety performance through leadership, communication, training and recognition.  Presenter:  Justin Ganschow, CHMM, CSP, Business Development Manager, Caterpillar Safety Services

Available @ 12:00 noon CST, June 30: https://youtu.be/h2z3tX82s8Y   OR   facebook.com/caterpillarinc

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 Continues Tradition of Breaking Records

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 looked a little different this year than it has in it’s past 30-plus years due to coronavirus concerns. There were a couple of exhibitor cancellations that left some booths unattended by product staff but still available for a walk-through. According to show management, “Registrations for the show totaled over 130,000. At the conclusion of the show, cancellations from international attendees totaled less than 1 percent.”

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 used 2.7 million square feet of exhibit space

Despite coronavirus concerns, exhibitors across the show – from the Festival Grounds to North Hall to Bronze Lot to South Hall – expressed enthusiasm for the tremendous engagement they received from contractors and producers looking to purchase equipment. 

According to IFPE Show Chairperson David Price, Global Marketing Manager of HydraForce Inc., “The crowd was much better than expected under the circumstances and most importantly, the right buyers were on the show floor. We were very pleased with the strong showing from the 300-plus exhibitors at IFPE 2020, and we are looking forward to the 2023 show.”

With growing concerns about coronavirus, show management worked closely with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the Southern Nevada Health District to make sure exhibitors, vendors, and attendees were provided with heightened cleaning services and hand sanitizers to help reduce the spread of germs and enable show participation to stay healthy. 

More than 2,300 exhibitors

Show attendees were respectful of other attendees and mindful of social distancing and not shaking hands. Buttons and stickers encouraged attendees to refrain from practicing this age-old traditional greeting. 

The technological change revolutionizing the construction industry was pervasive across the shows’ record 2.7 million-plus net square feet of exhibits featuring 2,300-plus exhibitors from the leading U.S. and global manufacturers, from multinational giants to small firms with specialized products.

Highlights included:

  • Partnership with women in construction groups to highlight the growing role women play in the industry, including the unveiling of the world’s largest 3-D printed statute of a human to honor the growing role women play in the construction industry. 
  • Workforce solutions area in the Festival Lot that showcased industry recruitment best practices. 
  • The Tech Experience returned for a second year and focused on modern mobility, sustainability, and smart cities. 
  • The first-ever Fluid Power Hour for the co-located IFPE show, which featured an opportunity for engineers to network with their peers on the show floor.


Global Operator Titans Challenge

Caterpillar introduced new equipment, products, technology and hosted the Global Operator Titans Challenge, when nine regional champions from around the world competed to be named the best of the best and awarded Global Operator Challenge Champion.

Caterpillar launched the Global Operator Challenge to celebrate the operators who build our world, advocate and drive awareness for the trades, and elevate solutions that address jobsite challenges. Seventy Cat dealers from 30 countries, representing 22 different languages, kicked off the program by holding local operator challenges from March through September 2019. More than 10,000 operators participated in these local events. 

Participants’ operating skills were put to the test through a range of machines and tasks.  Operators were scored on speed, accuracy and operating best practice with penalties imposed for errors. The operator with the lowest overall time for all tasks was acknowledged as the local champion and moved onto the regional championships. 

The regional competition challenges, designed to test skill and precision under pressure, tested not only operators’ abilities on machines they use every day but also had them adapt their skills to equipment for which they may not be as familiar. The operator had to exhibit a broad range of talents on multiple machines, including displaying their skills with advanced machine technologies.  

The best local operators competed at one of three Caterpillar sites for the regional championships. North and South America regional finals were held in Clayton, North Carolina; European finals in Málaga, Spain; and Asia Pacific finals in Chichibu, Japan.

On March 10, the nine final equipment operators gathered in Las Vegas for the Global Operator Challenge Finals.

In the end, it was Jaus Neigum from Canada who emerged victorious after a tough test of skill and determination. Putting his remarkable loading and trenching talents to work, he won both the Load and Carry Challenge and the Trenching Challenge. He completed all challenges with an amazingly low combined time of only 16 minutes and 28 seconds.

Following closely behind Neigum were second-place finisher Thomas Murphy from Ireland and third-place finisher Sebastian Behr from Germany. Both displayed impressive speed, accuracy and overall operating best practices over the course of this hard-fought competition – as did all the finalists.

725 Articulated Truck

The new Caterpillar 725 Articulated Truck delivers improved performance with up to 50 percent less operator input. The 725 offers improved lighting for easier night work with optional high-level LED, high-intensity lights, LED machine width position marking lights and access lights on both machine sides. The 20 percent larger cab features infrared blocking glass to reduce solar heating inside, while sliding windows increase ventilation and enable communication with the loading tool and workers on the ground. More vents positioned toward the operator with the new automatic climate control (HVAC) system deliver improved heating or cooling efficiency inside the cab.

CAT 725 Articulated Hauler

910, 914, 920 Compact Wheel Loaders

The new 910, 914, and 920 Compact Wheel Loaders deliver added performance, new features, and new options. Among the design changes is a new engine for all three models; the Caterpillar C3.6 replaces the C4.4, and with the new engine, all models get a horsepower boost. Also new for the 910 and 914 is an available rotary-sensor-kickout system with both fork and bucket settings. The new dual-setting feature is now included in the 920’s standard kickout system. Additional rear guarding is now available for the 914 and 920, and new auxiliary hydraulic lines are available when the three- or four-valve option is selected. Other new options include a reversing fan, LED working and under-hood lights, Fusion coupler for the 914, and USB ports in the cab.

Caterpillar 920 Compact Wheel Loader

Backhoe Loaders

The new Caterpillar backhoe loaders deliver improved performance and better fuel efficiency. The five new backhoe loader models operate in the 14-foot and 15-foot size classes. Building on the success of the Caterpillar F2 Series backhoe loaders, the new line consists of the Caterpillar 415, 416, 420, 420 XE and 430 models, replacing the 415F2, 416F2, 420F2, 420F2 IT and 430F2 machines respectively. The new backhoe loaders offer similar model platforms throughout the line to deliver component commonality and operating similarities throughout range. These machines display the new Caterpillar Trade dress and nomenclature, which removes model suffixes. 

CAT 420 XE Backhoe Loader

Next Generation Small Dozers

The Caterpillar D1, D2 and D3 Next Generation Small Dozers improve visibility, grade control, and fuel economy. The next generation models replace the former D3K2, D4K2 and D5K2 models for small dozers. Building on the same base machine platform as their successful predecessors, the new D1, D2 and D3 Next Generation small dozers feature styling changes, technology enhancements and a new low-emission fuel-efficient engine that provides significant value for the customer. These next generation small dozers are designed to optimize speed, transportability, maneuverability, versatility, and finish grade accuracy. A new lower sloping hood line improves visibility over the top of the hood to the peripheral view and blade’s cutting edge to increase finish grade efficiency. 

Caterpillar D3 Dozer

High Drive D7 Dozer

The New High Drive Caterpillar D7 Dozer delivers more performance and unmatched productivity-boosting technology. The D7 dozer offers high drive undercarriage design, increased performance and the broadest choice of easy-to-use technology features to help get the most from the bulldozer. A fully automatic 4-speed transmission offers optimal fuel and dozing efficiency, plus ease of operation.  At 265 hp and an operating weight of 65,644 pounds, the new D7 dozer replaces the D7E.  

Caterpillar D7 High Driver Dozer

313, 313 GC, 315, 325, 395 Next Generation Excavators

Caterpillar introduced the 313, 313 GC, 315, 325 and 395 Next Generation excavators. The new 313 excavator boasts increased power and a range of standard Caterpillar technologies designed to boost operator efficiencies by up to 45 percent. The new 313 GC model lowers maintenance costs by up to 25 percent.

The new 315 Next Generation excavator features a new powertrain, technology and simplified maintenance to boost performance, efficiency and productivity.

The new 325 hydraulic excavator features a compact radius design, making it ideal for working in tight spaces. It delivers premium performance with integrated simple-to-use technologies to reduce operator fatigue and boost efficiencies up to 45 percent compared to previous models.

The Next Generation 395 excavator offers contractors up to 10 percent more production, two times more structural durability, and up to 20 percent less maintenance costs than the industry leader it replaces, the 390F.

CAT 395 Hydraulic Excavator

M314 and M318 Next Generation Wheeled Excavators

The new M314 and M318 Next Generation Wheeled Excavators offer increased efficiency, improved comfort, and lower operating and maintenance costs. The two new Caterpillar Next Generation wheeled excavators – the M314 and M318 – feature multiple design updates that boost machine efficiency and lower long-term operating costs. Advanced hydraulics more efficiently power attachments, including Caterpillar tiltrotators to increase machine flexibility at the jobsite. 

Both Next Generation wheeled excavators are powered by the fuel-efficient Caterpillar C4.4 engine, which now meets stringent EU Stage V, U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final, and Korea Tier 4 Final emission standards. The two models deliver high power, while offering up to 5 percent improved fuel economy. Larger fuel tank on the M314 provides extended work time between fuel refills.  

Caterpillar M318 Wheeled Excavator

140 GC Motor Grader

The Caterpillar 140 GC Motor Grader produces high performance at low cost per hour. The 140 GC motor grader is designed to combine high performance with low owning and operating costs. The 140 GC’s powerful Cat C7.1 engine, 6F/3R automatic power-shift transmission, which eliminates the inching pedal, and precisely designed hydraulic system ensure balanced performance in all operating situations. An ECO operating mode and demand-fan reduce fuel consumption, and extended maintenance intervals further reduce operating costs. Operators of all skill levels quickly achieve high production with the 140 GC, and options that include adjustable seats and efficient heating/cooling systems guarantee comfort.

Caterpillar 140 GC Motor Grader

Mastless Caterpillar GRADE with 3D for Motor Graders

Caterpillar also launched the new mastless Caterpillar GRADE with 3D for motor graders. The new Caterpillar GRADE with 3D for motor graders allows contractors to realize the improved grading efficiency, accuracy and productivity of automated grading systems without the limitations associated with GPS masts. The new integrated mastless grade system can be installed and calibrated at the factory on new machine orders or as a field retrofit for existing models in customers’ fleets. Retrofit kits are available for pre- and post-2019 M Series models equipped with or without the Attachment Ready Option (ARO). 

This feature appeared in the May 2020 issues of the ACP Magazines:

California Builder & Engineer, Construction, Construction Digest, Construction News, Constructioneer, Dixie Contractor, Michigan Contractor & Builder, Midwest Contractor, New England Construction, Pacific Builder & Engineer, Rocky Mountain Construction, Texas Contractor, Western Builder

Additional coverage of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 will follow focusing on additional manufacturers.

New Cat® MH3040 Material Handler Cuts Fuel by up to 25 Percent and Maintenance Costs up to 20 Percent

Delivering the power and reliability required for the most demanding material handling applications in scrap and millyard operations, the new Cat® MH3040 builds on the successful legacy of the M325D L MH model. The boom, sticks and other high-stress areas feature thick, multiplate fabrications, castings and forgings to withstand wear and deliver years of durable operation. Specially designed mountings on the upper frame support the new heavy-duty cab. 

The material handler’s new 202-hp ( 151-kW) C7.1 engine meets stringent U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards with an aftertreatment system that requires no maintenance or downtime. New Smart Mode operation automatically matches engine and hydraulic power to working conditions to reduce fuel consumption, while Power Mode constantly provides maximum power to optimize productivity. The fuel-efficient engine can run up to B20 biodiesel and offers up to 25 percent lower fuel consumption than the 

M325D L MH.  

Offering a 12 percent faster swing speed, the MH3040 reduces cycle times and allows operators to move more material in the same amount of time. The advanced hydraulic system features valve priority to direct pressure and flow to where it’s needed and delivers the optimum balance of power, efficiency and load control. The handler’s new heavy lift mode boosts lifting capacities and improves controllability. Its auto warm-up features reduce the time it takes for hydraulic oil warming in cold temperatures to prolong component life. 

Comfort and flexibility
The MH3040’s larger premium cab design includes sound suppression to reduce operating noise levels inside the cab. Smaller cab pillars combined with large tempered windows deliver excellent all-around visibility. Rearview and right-side cameras are standard, keeping operators aware of their surroundings. New joystick machine control removes the center steering wheel column to further improve forward visibility. A tip-up left console allows operators to enter and exit the cab much easier.

A larger, 10-in ( 254-mm) -resolution touchscreen monitor with jog-dial offers easy navigation of the intuitive operator controls. Joystick controls are ergonomically located within easy reach to reduce operator fatigue, while joystick settings and preferred power mode are quickly set to a specific user ID via the monitor. The premium air suspension seat with headrest, heater and ventilator is designed to comfortably adjust to operators of all sizes. 

Offering a maximum 50.8-ft ( 15.5-m), multiple configurations are available for the flexible MH3040 material handler to meet customer needs. Customers can choose from a range of work tool attachments in different sizes to meet the site’s material handling and production needs. Work in low-light conditions with the standard, 1,800 lumen, LED lights on the boom, stick, and cab. The optional 20 kW generator with wiring to stick nose helps to efficiently power magnet attachments for handling fine ferrous material.  

Simplified serviceability
MH3040 material handler service design changes reduce maintenance costs by up to 20 percent. All fuel filters feature a synchronized 1,000-operating-hour change interval, and the new air intake filter with precleaner lasts up to 1,000 hours to reduce maintenance requirements. Its new hydraulic oil filter improves filtration and increases change intervals to 3,000 operating hours, a 50 percent longer service life over the M325D L MH. New anti-drain valves keep the hydraulic oil clean during filter replacement to improve system longevity. 

Filter life and maintenance intervals are quickly tracked through the in-cab high-resolution monitor. Featuring electric drive to operate only when necessary, the high-efficiency cooling fans can be programmed to automatically reverse at set intervals to keep the cores clean without work interruptions. The new right-hand-side service access provides easy access for refueling and engine oil checks. 

Standard Cat Product Link, new to the MH3040 material handler, captures critical operating data such as location, hours, fuel usage, productivity, idle time, maintenance alerts and fault codes, which can be remotely accessed and tracked to boost fleet management efficiency. New Remote Flash works around the production schedule to conveniently assure the machine is operating with the most current version of on-board software, so it delivers high performance, maximum efficiency and minimum downtime. 

 The Cat® MH3040 material handler builds upon the legacy of the M325D L MH to provide the power and reliability you need for your toughest material handling applications. A new cab along with up to 25% reduced fuel costs and up to 20% reduced maintenance costs combine with proven components to bring you the next generation of Cat Material Handlers. 

Not all features are available in all regions. Consult your Cat dealer for specific configurations available in your region.

 Reliability and Durability You Can Count On 

Count on your machine to withstand wear throughout the years. Boom, sticks, and other high-stress areas are reinforced with thick multi-plate fabrications, castings, and forgings to ensure quality and reliability. 

The upper frame uses specially designed mountings to support the heavy-duty cab, and the lower frame is reinforced to enhance component durability. 

Work up to 9,840 ft ( 3000 m) sea level without de-rating. 

Don’t let the temperature stop you from working. The MH3040 has a standard high-ambient temperature capability of 109°F ( 43°C) cold start capability of -4°F (-20°C). Consult your Caterpillar dealer for additional information on special configurations of your machine. 

Auto warm up speeds up hydraulic oil warming in cold temperatures and helps prolong the life of components. 

High Performance with Lower Fuel Consumption 

Use up to 25 percent less fuel than the M325D L MH in similar applications. 

The C7.1 engine can run on biodiesel up to B20 and meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards with an aftertreatment system that requires no maintenance or downtime. 

The advanced hydraulic system provides the optimum balance of power and efficiency while giving you the control you need. 

Valve priority puts hydraulic pressure and flow where you need it. 

Boost lifting capabilities and improve the controllability of heavy loads with heavy lift mode. 

Match your machine to the job with selectable power modes. Let Smart mode automatically match engine and hydraulic power to working conditions. Power mode constantly provides maximum productivity. 

Standard Product Link™ collects data automatically and accurately from your assets – any type and any brand. Information such as location, hours, fuel usage, productivity, idle time, maintenance alerts, diagnostic codes, and machine health can be viewed online through web and mobile applications.


 Superior Serviceability 

Expect up to 20 percent lower maintenance costs than the M325D L MH. 

Track your machine’s filter life and maintenance intervals via the in-cab monitor. 

No required maintenance on the Cat Clean Emissions Module. 

Change all fuel filters at a synchronized 1,000 hours. 

Expect the new air intake filter with precleaner to last up to 1,000 hours. 

The new hydraulic oil filter provides improved filtration performance, anti-drain valves to keep oil clean when the filter is replaced, and longer life with a 3,000-hour replacement interval – 50 percent longer than previous filter designs. 

High-efficiency, electrically driven cooling fans run only when needed; you can program intervals, so they automatically reverse to keep cores clean without interrupting your work. 

Fine mesh protects the cooling hood from dust and debris. 

S·O·SSM ports simplify maintenance, and allowing for quick, easy extraction of fluid samples for analysis. 

Work in Comfort in the All-New Cab 

The wide seat adjusts for operators of all sizes. 

Get in and out of the cab easier using the tip-up left console. 

Control the machine comfortably with easy-to-reach controls all located in front of you. 

Standard automatic climate control keeps you at the right temperature all shift long. 

Stow your gear with plenty of in-cab storage beneath and behind the seat, overhead, and in the consoles. A cup holder, document holder, bottle holder, and coat hook are also provided. 

Use the standard radio’s USB ports and Bluetooth® technology to connect to personal devices. 


Keep your machine secure with Operator ID. Use your PIN code on the monitor to enable the pushbutton starting feature. 

Enjoy all-around great visibility with the help of smaller cab pillars, larger windows, and a flat engine hood design. A rearview and right-hand side view camera are standard. 

Joystick steering eliminates the steering column, improving front visibility and increasing cab entrance width. 

New right service platform design provides easy, safe, and quick access to the upper service platform; the service platform steps use anti-skid punch plate to prevent slipping. 

The standard hydraulic lockout lever isolates all hydraulic and travel functions in the lowered position. 

Optional Falling Object Guard System (FOGS) provides protection from falling and flying debris. 

Ground-level shutoff switch stops all fuel to the engine when activated and shuts down the machine. 

Boom and stick lowering check valves prevent reverse flow, keeping your front linkage securely in place should the hydraulic system unexpectedly lose power.

MH3040 Product Specifications

EngineCat® C7.1
Net power, kw (hp)152 (202)
Max. operating weight, kg (lb)38 529 (84,940)
Max. reach, mm (ft/in)15 490 (50’ 10”)
Max. height, mm (ft/in)17 510 (57’ 5”)

For more information about the new Cat MH3040 material handler, contact your local Cat dealer or visit www.cat.com.


The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has announced Phil Kelliher, a vice president of Caterpillar Inc., will chair the next CONEXPO-CON/AGG, set for March 14 – 18, 2023, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA. 

Phil Kelliher, a vice president of Caterpillar Inc.

In his role at Caterpillar, Kelliher has responsibility for Americas Distribution, Service & Marketing, providing governance and administration of Cat® dealers in North America and Latin America, as well as leadership of the Global Service and Global Marketing & Brand functions for the enterprise.

As chairperson of CONEXPO-CON/AGG, Kelliher will lead a cross-section of construction equipment leaders to oversee planning of the triannual global gathering place of the construction industry. 

“Phil is an established leader and supporter of the equipment manufacturing industry and we are thrilled he has accepted this leadership role,” said Dana Wuesthoff, CONEXPO-CON/AGG show director and vice president of exhibitions with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). “His vast international experience and progressively responsible roles at Caterpillar will play a key factor in continuing to push the ROI discussions for exhibitors within the show management committee. We know he will ably guide the show’s strategic direction to deliver an enhanced experience at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023.”

“Caterpillar is pleased to participate with AEM in the continued enhancement and growth of CONEXPO-CON/AGG to provide a world-class experience and value for the show’s attendees, members and exhibitors,” said Kelliher.

Since joining Caterpillar in 1994 in Australia, he has held numerous marketing and managerial positions in the agriculture, construction and mining industries with multiple international assignments in Australia, Chile and the US. In 2015, Kelliher was named a Caterpillar vice president where he now leads the Americas Distribution, Service & Marketing division. Kelliher is a board member of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG is the largest international gathering in the Western Hemisphere for the construction industries, held every three years to spotlight the latest equipment, technology and product innovations and industry best practices.

Visit www.conexpoconagg.com for the latest information on attending and exhibiting.