Caterpillar dozers equipped with remote technology

RCT has successfully retrofitted a Caterpillar D8R with remote technology to adhere to new safety regulations.

Alliance Resource Partners sought to make its dozers remote so as to comply with America’s new regulations on removing operators from dozers pushing coarse coal refuse into tailings ponds.

While its Caterpillar D6T was a straight forward installation, its older model Caterpillar D8R was more complicated and deemed virtually impossible by other remote technology companies.

However, RCT was able to install its ControlMaster Line-of-Sight Remote Dozer system (ATX2200).

RCT Custom Projects manager John Androvich described the dozer installation as challenging.

“It was a massive task as the D8R was about 15 years-old so it was all mechanically driven, whereas most new models we deal with today are now electric,” he said.

The D8R needed extensive hardware to be fitted in order to achieve all functions remotely and the project required the company’s team to convert the machine to electric, before converting it to hydraulic, and then back to mechanical in some instances.

The installation allows operators to remotely control the dozers; pushing slurring into the tailing pond from a safe distance, on stable ground, abiding by the new regulations.

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