Conexpo: Caterpillar to hold its largest exhibit and Global Operator Challenge Finals

The stage is set for Caterpillar’s largest exhibit to date at Conexpo 2023 – where the company will highlight its latest products, services and technologies while paying tribute to those who build the world’s infrastructure. The company’s 70,000 sq ft (6,500 sq m) outdoor demonstration arena will anchor the massive display known as Operator Stadium located in the expo’s Festival Lot.

The extensive Cat equipment display will comprise more than 30 machines. Among them is the new Cat 950 medium wheel loader, which offers premium performance and simple-to-use technologies to help boost operator efficiency and increase productivity, while extended service intervals help lower maintenance costs. There will be a preview of the Next Generation Cat 926, 930 and 938 small wheel loaders – slated for production in late 2023 – which feature new technologies designed to make work easier, a reimagined operator environment and extended service intervals.

For paving contractors, the half-lane Cat PM822 cold planer features integrated Cat Grade technology and the latest System K rotor options that deliver performance, productivity and cutting precision. With its compact size, exceptional mobility and easy transport, the Cat AP455 Mobil-trac asphalt paver offers great features for both large and small contactors when paving urban streets, parking lots and rural roads. Furthermore, an exciting new market disrupting three-dimensional screed plate with modular fastening system improves mat density and smoothness, while reducing screed plate change time up to 80%.

Caterpillar Industrial Power Systems Division in the South Hall will exhibit a wide range of high-efficiency Cat industrial power solutions. These include the unveiling of a new high-power internal combustion engine, as well as the leading-edge lithium-ion battery technologies under development.

Services, Technology and Sustainability Hubs

The Services Hub will have Caterpillar subject matter experts (SME) who will help guide visitors through several maintenance options for Cat equipment. Customer Value Agreement (CVA) options offer easy ownership plans customised to fit a customer’s business needs to extend equipment life and maximise the investment.

Cat Certified Rebuild programmes return end-of-life machines, systems and components to like-new condition. Cat Reman products bring new life to assets with like-new performance at a fraction of the cost of buying new. Cat Self-Service Options deliver convenient, simple parts ordering and machine repair support for those who prefer to do their own service. Team members from Cat Financial will also be available.

The Technology Hub will provide visitors with the opportunity to experience various new and existing Cat technologies – VisionLink, Cat Command, VisionLink Productivity, Cat Detect, Cat Grade and Cat Payload. Its centrepiece exhibit, the ‘Looking Glass’ cube, displays and interactively showcases the five key capabilities of the new Cat VisionLink application – Geofence & Location, Fuel Theft Alerts, Diagnostics, Idle Time/Fuel Burn, and Maintenance.

The Sustainability Hub will spotlight fuel efficiency and alternative power sources; technologies to fit every operation and budget; and parts and service designed to make uptime fast and easy. Plus, customers will learn about sustainability benefits they can choose today and plan for tomorrow.

Outside the Sustainability Hub, visitors can view components of Caterpillar’s total site solution for the energy transition, including four battery-electric machine prototypes – the Cat 301.9 mini excavator, 320 medium excavator, 950 GC medium wheel loader and 906 compact wheel loader – in addition to AC and DC charging solutions. The Caterpillar-designed batteries powering these electric machines are built on lithium-ion Cat technology with a modular design that provides flexible configurations across multiple applications.

Global Operator Challenge

More than 10,000 operators representing more than 32 countries around the world registered to compete in the 2022-2023 Global Operator Challenge. From 3,500 participants in the first round of local competitions to 84 advancing to the regional semi-finals, nine of the world’s best equipment operators (three of whom are from Asia Pacific) will demonstrate their advanced skill, precision and stamina in hopes of being named the Global Operator Challenge Champion.

The finals will kick off on Tuesday morning, 14 March, immediately following the expo’s grand opening ceremonies. Throughout the competition, the skills of the finalists will be put to the test in three identical challenges – excavating, loading, and hauling/manoeuvring the equipment through a variety of obstacles. The champion is set to be crowned on the afternoon of the same day.

Conexpo booth: F.9127 / S.84329