Cat Paving unveils easy computerized soil compaction for B-Sequence compactors (video)

With the contact of the display screen, the operator can define the boundaries and path of a B-Sequence soil compactor with Cat’s new Command for Compaction system. Picture by Don McLoud

Caterpillar gave a sneak peek of a brand new automated soil compaction system that enables the operator to easily faucet a number of buttons to get the compactor routinely rolling, somewhat than having to enter a load of knowledge.

The brand new Command for Compaction system’s touchscreen for Cat’s B-Sequence vibratory soil compactors allows the operator to set a number of parameters, hit “auto,” and the compactor takes over. The system controls the compactor’s ahead and reverse actions and vibration. It makes use of widespread base stations and doesn’t want design enter or back-office help as with different clever compaction programs, Cat says.

“The system is easy,” mentioned Dave Gerding, Cat international gross sales guide, throughout a press occasion at Cat Paving’s headquarters in Minneapolis. “You inform it the place to compact, and it’s able to go.”

To function Command for Compaction, the operator defines the compaction space boundaries on the display screen map with a finger, then units  parameters, such because the variety of passes and pace, by contact. After releasing the parking break, the operator touches the phrase “auto” after which “OK,” and the compactor begins to roll.

The system takes over the steering, maintaining the compactor rolling ahead and in reverse over the specified path. Cat calls it an “operator-assisted expertise.” The operator should stay within the seat for it to work. If the operator leaves the seat, the compactor shuts off.

The operator may override the automated vibration setting. For example, if there’s an space the place vibration will not be wanted for compaction, the operator can flip off vibration till the realm has been handed after which re-engage it.

The system additionally consists of computerized object detection that alerts the operator by beeping when the compactor nears an object. The operator can then cease the compactor if need-be.

To observe the system in motion, see the video under:


The aim of Command for Compaction is to present contractors dependable compaction high quality “by sustaining fixed pace and proper go depend with constant and exact overlap,” in keeping with Cat. Gerding says it may additionally assist novice operators stand up to hurry shortly.

The system saves latest jobs carried out, to be accessed by the touchscreen when wanted.

Command for Compaction might be obtainable within the first quarter of 2020 and might be added to pick new or present B-Sequence vibratory soil compactors by dealer-installed equipment, Cat says.

Rearview cameras to develop into normal

Cat’s new rearview digicam for B-Sequence vibratory soil compactors as seen within the higher proper nook on this new CS56B compactor. Picture by Don McLoud

Together with the Command for Compaction system, Cat Paving additionally introduced it could add normal rearview cameras on new B-Sequence soil compactors beginning in spring.

The rear view might be displayed on an Eight-inch display screen and can stay on always throughout operation, not simply when driving in reverse. Gerding says it will enhance security, particularly as compactors spend about half their time in reverse.

Cat additionally plans so as to add a “sharing” operate on the compactors through which operators can see the compaction measurement of different soil compactors on the jobsite.

Cat CS56B soil compactor