Caterpillar has released an improved, high-tech version of its 16M motor grader with more power, better fuel efficiency, and driver tools.
The 16M3 is designed to smooth mining roads to keep mining trucks running efficiently and cheaply. It runs on a Cat C13 ACERT engine available in multiple configurations to meet international standards, and provides 290-348 net horsepower on eight forward and six reverse gears. The truck itself has a 16-foot moldboard and an average total weight of 71,454 pounds.
A new ECO mode saves up to 5 percent in fuel consumption by keeping engine speed to 1,900 rpm, when possible.
The new model is also outfitted with several high-tech systems that increase driver awareness. An OK-to-Start system checks coolant, engine oil, and hydraulic oil levels as soon as the key is turned, and continues monitoring these and the trans-axle oil levels during operation. It also alerts drivers when any of these levels is too low. The cab contains a full-color touch screen for monitoring performance and basic troubleshooting, a monitor for the rear-view camera, and one touch button that replaces typical three-position switches.
Drivers will notice greater control in the new model as well. With larger brake discs and a larger piston area, designers created nearly 15 percent more braking torque at the rear tandems. Caterpillar has also simplified brake pad maintenance by providing a new manual brake wear indicator that lets drivers keep the brake pads on while they check wear and tear.
The 16M3 is available through local Caterpillar dealers.