Caterpillar boosts wheel loader productivity


Caterpillar is boosting productivity of its wheel loader with increased payload capabilities.

 The 990K Aggregate Handler will now be able to carry 25% more, enabling material to be moved across construction sites at much speedier rates.

With a payload of 22 tons (20 metric tons) and a full turn static tipping load of 96,426 lb (43,738kg), the wheel loader has additional counterweights to maintain stability.

The vehicle’s powertrain includes an in-house built C27 engine that delivers a net power of 699hp (521kW), while lower engine speed helps minimize fuel use. Economic gains are furthered through the use of the Eco-mode (on-demand throttle), engine-idle shutdown system and engine-idle kickdown/auto-resume system.

Additionally an impeller clutch torque converter uses a lock-up clutch, providing direct drive to boost fuel economy, trim cycle times and reduce heat – especially in load-and-carry applications. The system allows operators to balance rim pull and hydraulic power for optimum loading efficiency.

 User-friendly monitor
The operator station on the vehicle features the Cat Vital Information Management System (VIMS 3G). The graphical information display is easy to use and keeps key information in front of the operator, while the seat provides integrated controls for smooth and comfortable operation.

For greater safety on worksites, the 990K is equipped with a rearview camera system and in-cab display to show the operator the area behind the loader. In addition the Cat Detect object detection system, available as an option, builds on the camera system with radars and in-cab software that provide notification to the operator when an object is detected within the radar coverage area.

Caterpillar boosts wheel loader productivity

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