Barloworld Equipment has introduced Cat EMSolutions, a technology enabled system that keeps machines connected and working, with the equipment monitoring bureau coming on stream to automatically connect to and interact with construction and mining Cat machines.

An ongoing roll-out will extend to include coverage across the southern African region during 2014 as successive machines are ‘switched on’, communicating via GSM or satellite technology to a dedicated control room at the Barloworld Condition Monitoring Centre in Boksburg, Johannesburg.

“The introduction of Cat EMSolutions places Caterpillar at the forefront of original equipment manufacturers in the field of advanced conditioning monitoring,” explains Barloworld Equipment Bureau manager, JP Briggs. “Research confirms that customers are seeking consistency and standardisation, areas where Cat EMSolutions is designed to deliver.”

Key EMSolutions features include near real-time fuel level information; machine filtering by job site / geographical location; multiple machine tracking; payload displays on medium and large wheel loaders; and geo fencing capabilities, accessed via a PC or through Smartphones, making it easy for users to zoom in from any location globally for a detailed look at individual assets.

Meanwhile, at the Equipment Monitoring Bureau, a dedicated Barloworld Equipment team tracks individual machine data feeds downloaded via their onboard ECM (Electronic Control Module) computers. Alerts received via the Equipment Monitoring Bureau provide location and utilisation updates, with more detailed information transmitted depending on the Cat EMSolutions level selected. Alerts sent via Cat ECM systems notify fleet owners when standard protocols have been exceeded.