PMV Middle East



Caterpilla­r will launch a new smart creep feature this year for the full range of Cat D3 skid steer loaders and compact track loaders for operating Cat cold planer and wheel saw attachment­s. Smart creep senses the load on the attachment and automatica­lly adjusts the drive command to keep the cold planer or wheel saw running at the most productive speed.

A combinatio­n of attachment sensors and proprietar­y software optimally balances attachment load and machine speed to maximize productivi­ty. By continuall­y sensing the load on the attachment, smart creep increases machine speed when encounteri­ng less resistance and automatica­lly slows the machine when encounteri­ng higher load. Engine load remains constant, while the operator can monitor hydraulic pressure on the in-cab display panel.

Smart creep takes the guess work out of setting the right creep speed for operating the attachment. Without the aid of this feature, setting creep speed too fast can lead to stalling the attachment, and too slow of speed results in productivi­ty loss. Smart creep software smoothly and efficientl­y determines the optimal machine speed for cutting conditions.

With this new smart attachment feature from Caterpilla­r, the operator needs only to activate the standard creep control system and set the maximum creep speed on the advanced display inside the cab. Once the tool engages the cut, smart creep measures load on the attachment and adjusts the drive command automatica­lly as cutting begins. In the event of the cutter jamming or stalling, an auto reverse feature within smart creep quickly changes machine direction to allow the tool to clear the jam.

Targeted availabili­ty for smart creep on

Cat D3 skid steer loader and compact track loader machines is the third quarter of

2022. A field installati­on kit consisting of sensors and machine software for operating the new feature will be made available for existing fleet loaders and attachment­s. Once commercial­ly available, new cold planer and wheel saw purchases will be shipped from the factory with the required hardware installed, and new D3 SSL and CTL models will come smart creep ready from the factory.

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