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Cat ups performance and safety on new pipe layer

Updated PL61 is safer with faster steering response and easy maintenance access

Caterpillar has updated its PL61 pipe layers to deliver 18t of maximum load capacity and additional safety features.

Part of the full line of purpose-built Cat pipe layers, the updated PL61 retains its operator comfort and easy maintenance features, with updates for added safety and performance, according to Cat. The new model also sports a width of 3240mm for easier transport

The PL61 features an available rear vision camera with a dedicated display providing added visibility to the back of the machine. A Load Monitor Indicator (LMI) is also available and is a mandatory attachment where required to meet regional regulations.

Both open and enclosed cab models feature a factory integrated Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) to help protect operators and the machine in case of a rollover. The rear window exit and the quick drop release function are now common across the Cat pipelayer product line for added safety and more intuitive operation, says the manufacturer.

The new PL61 also offers faster steering response than its predecessor for improved manoeuvrability on the pipeline. The fuel system can now deal with lower quality fuel, Cat says.

The new PL61 is powered by a Cat diesel engine with ACERT Technology. While the engine meets US EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV/Korea Tier 4 emissions standards, a configuration is also available for lesser regulated markets, such as the Middle East

According to Cat, maintenance has been made easier with ground level access to grouped service points. Cat Connect LINK technologies offer telematics to wirelessly connect users to their equipment, providing insight into machine or fleet performance. Product Link is also integrated for access to information such as machine location, hours, fuel usage, idle time and event codes. Data is available via the online VisionLink user interface to assist in more effective fleet management and reducing operating costs.

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