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Three Next Generation Cat® Excavators Deliver More Choices for Increased Efficiency and Lower Operating Costs in 20-Ton Size Class

Cat 320 HEX digging foundations

Three Next Generation 20-ton size class excavators from Caterpillar—the 320 GC, 320 and 323—increase operating efficiency, lower fuel and maintenance costs, and improve operator comfort compared to previous models. The new excavators offer unique combinations of purpose-built features designed to match customers’ productivity and cost targets.

Still the 20-ton class standard, the new Cat® 320 raises the bar for efficiency with integrated Cat Connect Technology that advances productivity gains. Standard technology combined with lower fuel and maintenance costs deliver low-cost production in medium- to heavy-duty applications.

Designed for low- to medium-duty applications, the new Cat 320 GC combines the right balance of productivity features with reduced fuel consumption and maintenance costs. The result is high reliability and low cost-per-hour performance.

Cat 320GC HEX working

Delivering high production performance, the new premium Cat 323 boasts standard integrated Cat Connect Technology and the most power and lift capacity in the line. These features combine with lower fuel consumption and reduced maintenance costs to deliver maximum productivity at the lowest cost.

Technology boosts efficiency by up to 45 percent                            

The new Cat 320 and 323 boast the industry’s highest level of standard factory-equipped technology to boost productivity. Both models are equipped with integrated Cat Connect Technology, which increases 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 the 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, so operators stay on grade simply and effortlessly with single-lever digging. Cat Payload on-board weighing, integrated on the Cat 320 and 323 at the factory, delivers precise load targets and increased loading efficiency with on-the-go weighing and real-time payload estimates without swinging to prevent truck over/under-loading. Cat LINK™ hardware and software connect job sites to the office and provide customers with machine-critical operating information.

Fuel savings reaching 25 percent
Durable Cat engines provide duty-matched power ratings from 121 to 162 hp (90 to 121 kW) for the three new excavators. The efficient Next Generation machines consume 20 to 25 percent less fuel than the previous, corresponding models. New Smart mode operation automatically matches engine and hydraulic power to digging conditions, optimizing both fuel consumption and performance. Engine speed is automatically lowered when there is no hydraulic demand to further reduce fuel usage.

Cat 323 HEX working

More efficient than single-fan systems, the new cooling system employs multiple electric fans, which independently monitor hydraulic oil, radiator and air-to-air aftercooler temperatures to deliver the exact airflow required. With a new hydraulic system built for responsiveness and efficiency, the Cat 320 GC, 320 and 323 feature a new main control valve that eliminates the need for pilot lines, reduces pressure losses and lowers fuel consumption. Fewer hydraulic lines on the excavators result in 20 percent less oil required, lowering long-term operating costs.

Maintenance costs reduced as much as 15 percent

Offering extended and more synchronized maintenance intervals, the new Cat excavators do more work at a lower cost and reduce maintenance costs by up to 15 percent over the previous series. Featuring higher dirt capacity, the new Cat hydraulic return filter boasts a 3,000-hour service life, a 50 percent increase over previous filters. A new Cat air filter with integrated pre-cleaner and primary and secondary filters extends service life to 1,000 hours, a 100 percent increase over previous designs, while a new fuel tank cap filter extends service life to 2,000 hours. The three fuel system filters each offer a 500-hour service interval.

All daily maintenance checks for engine oil, fuel water separator, fuel tank water and sediment, and cooling system level are performed from ground level, making the routine faster, easier and safer. Consolidated filter locations reduce service time. 

New cab designed to enhance operator performance

Cat 323 HEX setting pipe

All Next Generation Cat Excavator cabs come equipped with standard features like keyless push-button start, large standard 8” (203-mm) touchscreen monitor with jog dial keys for control and sound-suppressed rollover protective structures (ROPS) to offer the next level of operator comfort, safety, and quiet operation. Programmable joystick buttons for response and pattern allow the operator to dial in productivity settings. New advanced viscous mounts reduce cab vibration by up to 50 percent over previous models to reduce operator fatigue.

Equipped with a choice of Comfort, Deluxe or Premium cab packages, the new spacious cab features a low-profile design and large front, rear and side windows to enhance visibility to the front and side of the excavator. Optional 360-degree visibility combines images from multiple machine-mounted cameras to enhance the operator’s sight-lines in all directions. Automatic climate control maintains internal cab temperature settings, regardless of external ambient temperatures. A Bluetooth® integrated radio with USB ports for connecting and charging phones bring creature comforts from the home to the operator’s office. A tilt-up console for the Deluxe and Premium cab designs affords easy cab entry and exit.

For more information about Cat Next Generation Hydraulic Excavators, contact the local Cat dealer or go to www.cat.com

 

Cat 320, 320GC, 323 HEX

Next Generation Cat Excavators Product Specifications

                                          320 GC 320 323
Engine Cat C4.4 ACERT™ Cat C4.4 ACERT™ Cat C7.1 ACERT™
Gross Power (ISO 14396) 121 hp (90 kW) 162 hp (121 kW) 162 hp (121 kW)
Operating weight 48,300 lb
(21 900 kg)
50,100 lb
(22 700 kg)
56,200 lb
(25 500 kg)
Max. digging depth,
{18’ 8” (5.7 m) boom,
9’ 6” (2.9 m) stick}
22’ 1” (6 720 mm) 22’ 1” (6 720 mm) 22’ 1” (6 720 mm)
Max. reach at ground level
{18’ 8” (5.7 m) boom,
9’ 6” (2.9 m) stick}
32’ 4” (9 860 mm) 32’ 4” (9 860 mm) 32’ 5” (9 870 mm)
Max. loading height
{18’ 8” (5.7 m) boom,
9’ 6” (2.9 m) stick}
21’ 4” (6 490 mm) 21’ 4” (6 490 mm) 21’ 3” (6 480 mm)

ARTBA 2018 U.S. Transportation Construction Market Forecast Webinar Nov. 30

ARTBA 2018 U.S. Transportation Construction Market Forecast Webinar Nov. 30

Briefing is for Analysts & Investors, Public Officials and Construction Executives

(WASHINGTON) – American Road & Transportation Builder Association (ARTBA) Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black will provide her 2018 national transportation construction market forecast during a 75-minute webinar on Nov. 30 at 12 p.m. Eastern.

The association’s top lobbyist, Senior Vice President of Government Relations Dave Bauer, will also discuss the timing and potential impacts of key transportation policy initiatives pending in Congress.

Among the major topics to be covered:

  • National market forecast and sta6te transportation funding trends;
  • Modal forecast: highway, bridge, airport runway, transit, freight, rail, and ports/waterway markets;
  • Ongoing implementation of the 2015 FAST Act surface transportation law;
  • Market impacts of nearly 200 Nov. 7 state and local transportation ballot initiatives;
  • State and local transportation funding trends; and
  • Legislative Update: status of a Highway Trust Fund fix, Trump Administration infrastructure plan and tax reform.

The webinar is aimed at analysts and investors, transportation design and construction professionals, and public agency officials. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Registration via the ARTBA store is $325, or $150 for public agency officials.

Members of the media wishing to participate in the webinar should contact ARTBA’s Eileen Houlihan at ehoulihan@artba.org or 202.683.1019.

All paid participants will receive a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation and Q&A session, as well as the 2018 National U.S. Transportation Construction Market Forecast, a $200 value.

Established in 1902, Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA is the “consensus voice” of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, news media and the general public.

Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

*  DOE’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a DOE’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week – the “Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule.”  Because electric energy regulators and policymakers do not use English the way most people do the narrative of energy rulings is frequently puzzling.  One core NOPR issue centers on the dependency and resiliency of old-school power generation – coal, natural gas and hydro versus how “the market” prices and compensates new-school renewable generation.  DOE’s Staff Report writes that markets need further study and reform to address grid reliability and resilience. “System operators are working toward recognizing, defining, and compensating for resource attributes that enhance reliability and resilience (on both the supply and demand side). This is on a fast track: the Secretary has directed the Commission to take final action within 60 days of publication of the proposed rule or to issue the rule as an interim final rule immediately.  Comments are due either November 24 or according to a schedule to be published by the Commission.  Clear on that?
*  Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST-41) established a “permitting dashboard” which is supposed to track all major federal infrastructure projects, from power systems to dams to highways and pipelines.  The dashboard is also supposed to reflect the work of a new FAST-41 Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC).  Both the Council and the dashboard have been on the sidelines for the past 18 months. The setup is more like a library than a control tower.  But changes are in the works including a GSA proposal allowing the Council to collect fees from project sponsors, using the money to keep projects on track, with project performance linked to individual performance reviews.  What?!  No way.  Stay tuned.
*  Last March the Department of Commerce started work on a Presidential directive to study regulatory changes to help expand manufacturing development and investments in the US.  The report was supposed to be concluded in mid-May but DOC just released the report.  It’s worth a close look.  One important suggestion: “There is no regular process for consultations with industry to identify specific actions the federal government can take to eliminate unduly burdensome regulations and accelerate permitting decisions. Thus, the Department recommends creating an annual, open forum for regulators and industry stakeholders to evaluate progress in reducing regulatory burdens.”  [Now, if you-know-who would just stay focused…! *:D big grin ]
 
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Clutch Performance – C.W. Matthews Finishes Bridge Reconstruction Ahead of Schedule

GOMACO GHP-2800 two-track paver with Leica 3D guidance is slipforming a road in Dubuque, Iowa

This GOMACO GHP-2800 two-track paver with Leica 3D guidance is slipforming a road in Dubuque, Iowa. A GOMACO 9500 is placing material on the grade in front of the paver.

The 9500’s conveyor is being controlled by the operator’s remote control. The joystick is used for the up/down and right/left movement of the discharge conveyor.