The station is modelled on the actual cab of the machine, with all the ergonomic controls, alarms and features operating just as they do in the dozer. The system can be equipped for line-of-sight operation or for tele-remote operation with the addition of video feeds from the site and optional video and audio feeds from the dozer.
The remote operator station is available for the D10T, D10T2, D11T and D11T CD. The remote station controls are fully integrated with these Cat dozers and provide quick response and enable use of on-board dozer systems, Caterpillar said.
In addition, the station integrates with Cat MineStar Terrain capabilities, such as grade control and avoidance zones. The system also allows switching control quickly and easily from one dozer to another, which enables one operator to control multiple dozers when the work does not require simultaneous operation.
Caterpillar is also promoting the remote operator station for its ability to make shift changes as simple and fast as one operator taking another’s place in the seat. Fast shift changes reduce machine downtime and optimise productivity, it said, adding that remote operation enables a dozer to continue production immediately after blasting operations, rather than waiting for the air to clear.