Caterpillar unveils Next Generation 336 and 336 GC excavators

Caterpillar and its dealer Tractors Singapore recently held a celebration to mark the official launch of Cat Next Generation 336 and 336 GC excavators in Singapore. The event took place on 24 May 2019 at Tractors Singapore’s headquarters on Benoi Sector, attended by customers from across the country. 

The new 36-t size class excavators are designed to increase operating efficiency, lower fuel and maintenance costs, and improve operator comfort in comparison to previous models.

Delivering high-production performance, the Cat 336 features standard integrated Cat Connect Technology and the most power and lift capacity of the two models. The result is maximum productivity at the lowest cost.

The Cat 336 GC combines the right balance of productivity features with reduced fuel consumption and maintenance costs. The result is high reliability and low-cost-per-hour performance.

With a 6.5 m boom and 3.2 m stick, both the 336 and 336 GC have a maximum digging depth of 7,520 mm, maximum loading height of 7,080 mm and maximum reach at ground level of 11,050 mm.

The Cat 336’s integrated Cat Connect Technology increases operating efficiency by up to 45% over traditional grading operations. The standard Cat Grade with 2D system provides guidance for depth, slope and horizontal distance to grade through the standard touchscreen monitor, making operators more accurate. The system is readily upgradable to Cat Grade with Advanced 2D or Cat Grade with 3D.

Standard Grade Assist automates boom, stick and bucket movements so that operators can stay on grade with single-lever digging. Cat Payload delivers precise load targets and increased loading efficiency with on-the-go weighing and real-time payload estimates without swinging to prevent truck over/underloading.

The E-fence function prevents the excavator from moving outside operator-defined set points. This is particularly useful when working beneath structures or near traffic. Cat Link hardware and software connect jobsites to the office and provide customers with machine-critical operating information.

By design, Cat Next Generation excavators can produce more work per unit of fuel than the models they are replacing - up to 15% more fuel efficiency for the 336, said Caterpillar.

The Smart mode operation automatically matches engine and hydraulic power to digging conditions, optimising both fuel consumption and performance. Engine speed is automatically lowered when there is no hydraulic demand to further reduce fuel usage. The cooling system features a new fan that runs on demand to keep the excavator working at the correct operating temperature for maximum efficiency.

With a new electrohydraulic system built for responsiveness and efficiency, the Cat 336 and 336 GC feature a new main control valve that eliminates the need for pilot lines, reduces pressure losses, and lowers fuel consumption. Fewer hydraulic lines on the machines result in less oil required, lowering long-term operating costs.

Offering extended and more synchronised maintenance intervals, the new Cat excavators can carry out more work at a lower cost and reduce maintenance costs by up to 15% over the previous series.

The new Cat air filter with integrated pre-cleaner and primary and secondary filters has double the dust holding capacity of the previous design. The new Cat hydraulic return filter has a 3,000-hour service life - a 50% increase over the previous filter. The fuel system filters are synchronised for service at 1,000 hours - a 100% increase over the previous filters. 

With a choice of Comfort or Deluxe cab packages, all Next Generation Cat excavator cabs come equipped with standard features like keyless push-button start, large 203-mm touchscreen monitor with jog dial keys for control, and sound-suppressed rollover protective structures (ROPS) to offer greater comfort and safety.

The advanced viscous mounts reduce cab vibration by up to 50% over previous models. Automatic climate control maintains internal cab temperature settings, regardless of external ambient temperatures. Programmable joystick buttons for response and pattern allow the operator to ‘dial in’ productivity settings. Large front, rear, and side windows enhance visibility; and optional 360-degree visibility (336 only) combines images from multiple machine-mounted cameras to enhance the operator’s sight lines in all directions.

Note: To see more pictures from the launch event, click here.