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Caterpillar Announces Its First Global Operator Challenge: A Tough Competition to Find the World’s Best Operators

Caterpillar is proud to announce the launch of the 2019/2020 Global Operator Challenge Competition. Operators will test their skills against those of fellow operators around the world to determine who can claim the title of “best.”  In each stage of the competition, operators will be challenged to test their agility, mental toughness, and versatility, as well as their competence in using integrated technology to enhance machine performance, such as Cat®Production Measurement and Cat GRADEsystems.

Operators qualifying in the local heats conducted by Cat dealers around the globe will participate in regional semi-final competitions that are to be held in Japan, Brazil, Spain, and the United States during October and November 2019. The winners in each regional semi-final will take part in the global finals that will take place at Conexpo-Con/Agg, Las Vegas, in March 2020. The crowned champion will be awarded an all-expense, “VIP” trip for two to a global Caterpillar facility of his or her choice. 

The Caterpillar 2019/2020 Global Operator Challenge will be the largest-ever competition of its type, following in the success of the European “New Range-New Rules” competition in October 2018 at the Caterpillar Demonstration & Learning Center in Malaga, Spain. In Malaga, 18 operators from 10 nations across Europe, the Middle East, and Eurasia were in the final competition; German operator Sebastian Behr took the top prize.

“In addition,” says Nunley, “this competition will highlight the Cat Next Generation machines that are transforming job sites by increasing productivity to new levels, providing a new experience of comfort, and ease of operation through technology. We hope the Global Operator Challenge will attract more individuals to join our industry.”

For more information about the Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge, contact the local Cat dealer and visit this site for details www.CatGlobalOperatorChallenge.Com.

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CAT REDESIGNED G SERIES CARRIES ON 777 LEGACY WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR HIGH PRODUCTION, FUEL EFFICIENCY, AND OPERATOR AMENITIES

The new Cat® 777G off-highway truck builds on the legacy of performance, reliability, and long-term durability established by 777 models since 1977, both in mining and large earthmoving applications.

Rated payload for the new 777G is 98.4 tons (89.4 MT), with a standard-body volume (SAE 2:1) of 83.8 cubic yards (64.1 m3). The design of the 777G, which replaces the 777F, focuses on fuel efficiency, enhanced visibility, and operator comfort, convenience, and safety.

Conserving fuel

The new 777G’s Cat C32 ACERT™ engine meets US EPA Tier 4 Final as well as EU Stage V emission standards and is available in configurations to meet emission standards of less regulated (LRC) countries. The engine delivers 1,025 gross horsepower (765 kW) and incorporates a number of fuel-conservation features.

Auto Neutral Idle allows the 777G transmission to intermittently shift to neutral when the truck is idling in a forward gear to avoid stalling the torque converter and increasing engine speed. Engine Idle Shutdown, an operator-selected feature, stops the engine when the truck idles in park for more than a preset interval. Speed Limiting provides an alternative to gear-limiting the 777G by allowing the truck to travel at a more fuel-efficient engine speed and in a more efficient transmission gear. Advanced Productivity Electronic Control Strategy (APECS) transmission controls boost fuel efficiency by maintaining momentum and speed on uphill grades during shifts.

In addition, the 777G has two operating modes, Standard Economy and Adaptive Economy. Standard Economy saves fuel by reducing engine power by 0.5 to 15 percent, based on the fleet and economic conditions at a particular site. Adaptive Economy requires a production baseline for the site using the Advisor display, and then, as the truck travels the haul cycle, the system automatically evaluates the power rating needed to meet baseline requirements. Full power is applied when needed, and reduced power is applied when appropriate. The efficiency of the 777G’s performance is further enhanced by 7 percent more engine torque and an increase in top speed.

Operator environment and safety

The 777G features a redesigned cab, easier to enter and exit, and having a new operator seat on the left and a more comfortable trainer seat on the right. A new console with an integrated hoist-and-shift lever enhances convenience, as does more interior space for storage. The truck’s design also emphasizes improved visibility, to both the work area and instrumentation, and overall visibility is further enhanced with an optional object-detection system. Convenience items include a powered left window, automatic temperature control, throttle lock for long uphill grades, and reduced interior sound (by 50 percent, compared with predecessor models)

Operator safety is a primary design factor for the 777G, with roll-over and falling-object protective structures integrated into the cab’s design. Laminated glass is used in the front and left windows, and emergency egress is provided via a right-side hinged window. A ground-level engine-shutdown switch is readily accessible, and a secondary steering system is provided in the event of the primary steering system failure.

Powerful wet-disc brakes are used at all four corners and provide parking brake and slope-holding capability. Brake life can be extended with an available engine brake, and a brake-wear indicator facilitates timely maintenance. Automatic retarding adds to positive control on downhill grades, and a new steering-sensitive traction-control system assists when ground conditions deteriorate

Structures and bodies

The 777G’s major structures are designed for long-term durability in harsh operating conditions, engineered to endure through more than one power-train life cycle. Box-section castings are used strategically in high-stress areas, a new front frame design increases the approach angle on ramps and grades, and a heavy-duty rear axle housing axle allows increased lubrication and filtration of critical components.

The Dual Slope Body, designed for optimum material retention on haul roads with steep slopes, carries material low and centered for stability. Heaped capacity is 78.8 cubic yards (60.2 m3) in its standard configuration. Two side-board sizes increase capacity for lighter weight materials. The X body has a flat floor and facilitates metering material into a crusher; standard heaped capacity is 83.8 cubic yards (64.1 m3). Rubber or steel liners are available for both bodies. Light-material bodies provide capacities to 165 cubic yards (126 m3).

Serviceability

Tire life can be extended for the 777G with the TKPH/TMPH feature that calculates tire loading, and a mud-protection package is available to help keep power train components clean. Hydraulic-oil filter life is 1,000 hours under normal conditions. Fluid-fill and extraction points are grouped for convenience, and all checkpoints are located at ground level and lighted for night access. A master disconnect switch, engine lock-out switch, and hydraulic lockout switch provide a convenient method when servicing the 777G.

 

777G SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Cat C32 ACERT
Net Power (SAE1349) 916 hp (683 kW)
Operating weight, w/std. body 363,000 lb. (164 650 kg)
Weight distribution, loaded, 33F/67R
Transmission speeds 7F/1R
Max. travel speed 41.7 mph (67.1 km/h)

CATERPILLAR ANNOUNCES OFFICER CHANGES

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) announced today several officer moves including changes in responsibilities for three Executive Office members, new roles for two current vice presidents and the appointment of two new vice presidents. All changes are effective March 1.

“These organizational changes will facilitate the acceleration of our strategy for continued profitable growth,” said Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Jim Umpleby.

Tom Pellette to become Senior Vice President of Caterpillar 

After four years as group president separately leading the Construction Industries and Energy & Transportation segments, Tom Pellette has elected to return to San Diego, California for family reasons. Pellette will serve as president of Solar Turbines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar and a global leader in the design, manufacture, and service of gas turbine systems and compressors for the oil and gas and power generation industries. He previously spent more than 20 years in the division. Pellette will also serve as strategic advisor to the Caterpillar Executive Office. For more on Pellette’s background, read his bio here.

Ramin Younessi to move to Group President of Construction Industries

Ramin Younessi, currently group president of Energy & Transportation, will transition to lead Construction Industries. Younessi, with more than 30 years of leadership inside and outside of Caterpillar, will now have responsibility of the company’s Earthmoving, Excavation, Building Construction Products, China Operations , and Global Construction & Infrastructure divisions, as well as Global Rental and Used Equipment Services. Younessi’s full bio can be found here.

Ramin Younessi
Ramin Younessi, current group president of Caterpillar’s Energy & Transportation segment, will transition to group president of Construction Industries, effective March 1, 2019.

Billy Ainsworth named Group President of Energy & Transportation

Billy Ainsworth, current senior vice president of the Caterpillar Rail Division and CEO of Progress Rail, will now become the group president of the Energy & Transportation segment. Since 2017, Ainsworth has served as strategic advisor to the Caterpillar Executive Office in addition to his responsibilities for the Rail Division.

“Billy’s customer focus, an entrepreneurial background and deep aftermarket experience will continue to benefit the Energy & Transportation business,” said Umpleby.

To read more on Ainsworth’s background, click here.

To better serve our customers, Caterpillar is separating the current Global Power Systems Divisions into two new industry focused divisions: Oil, Gas and Marine Division and Electric Power Division. These two new divisions will be led by the following Caterpillar vice presidents:

Billy Ainsworth
Billy Ainsworth, current senior vice president of the Caterpillar Rail Division and CEO of Progress Rail, will become the group president of Energy & Transportation, effective March 1, 2019.

Joe Creed will lead new Oil, Gas and Marine Division

Joe Creed, current vice president of Caterpillar’s Finance Services Division, will become the new vice president of the Oil, Gas and Marine Division. He also most recently served as interim Chief Financial Officer for the company. Prior to his leadership in Caterpillar’s finance functions, Creed worked in the company’s engine and machine businesses. Click here to learn more about Creed.

Joe Creed
Joe Creed, current vice president of Caterpillar’s Finance Services Division, will become the vice president of the new Oil, Gas and Marine Division, effective March 1, 2019.

Pablo Koziner will lead new Electric Power Division

Pablo Koziner, current vice president of Caterpillar and president of Solar Turbines, will become the new vice president of the Electric Power Division. He has nearly 20 years of experience in various roles around the world, the last six as a vice president. Koziner’s full bio is here.

Pablo Koziner
Pablo Koziner, current vice president of Caterpillar and president of Solar Turbines, will become the vice president of the new Electric Power Division, effective March 1, 2019.

Marty Haycraft named Vice President of Caterpillar Rail Division

Caterpillar’s board of directors has appointed Marty Haycraft to succeed Ainsworth as vice president of Caterpillar’s Rail Division and CEO of Progress Rail. Haycraft is currently the president of Progress Rail’s global operations where his primary responsibilities include overseeing the company’s rolling stock and infrastructure businesses.

Haycraft began his professional career in 1990 with Wheel Corporation of America, where he worked as a production employee and gained experience on freight car wheel set production and freight car wheel set materials. He joined Progress Rail in 1993 when Corbin Railway Services purchased Steel Processing Services, later to become Progress Rail. He rose through the company, holding several operations, materials management and sales and marketing management positions. Haycraft attended the University of Louisville in Kentucky and finished his accounting degree at Phoenix University.

Marty Haycraft
Marty Haycraft, current president of Progress Rail’s global operations, will become vice president of Caterpillar’s Rail Division and CEO of Progress Rail, effective March 1, 2019.

Kyle Epley named Vice President of Finance Services Division

The company’s board of directors has also appointed Kyle Epley as vice president of the Finance Services Division. He currently serves as corporate controller where he has responsibility for business analysis, competitive analysis, economics, strategic planning and operating & execution model governance.

Epley joined Caterpillar in 1996 and has held a series of positions with growing responsibilities in accounting and finance, including global assignments. Epley has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bradley University and is a certified public accountant.

Kylel Epley
Kyle Epley, the current Caterpillar Corporate Controller, has been appointed vice president of the Finance Services Division, effective March 1, 2019.

About Caterpillar
For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2018 sales and revenues of $54.722 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and caterpillar.com/social-media equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

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