Caterpillar has announced its Cat Connect for Energy and Transportation program. This is a portfolio of industry specific digital offerings of technologies and services geared towards helping Caterpillar customers be successful. These digital services expand the services offered to customers, enabling the ability to remotely monitor, locate and manage their critical assets from vessels to generator sets to natural gas compressor stations and beyond.
Caterpillar started on the journey of digitization in the early 1990s when the Internet changed the way Caterpillar employees started to imagine how they would be able to support their customers. Since then, the company has been using technology to predict and plan maintenance, optimize supply chain delivery of parts, dispatch service technicians, take equipment inventories, improve our product development velocity and more.
“Within the Energy and Transportation businesses, Caterpillar has been active in honing its capabilities, partnering with customers to refine technologies, and developing digital services to deliver real business results,” said Terri Lewis, Energy & Transportation Director of Digital and Technology at Caterpillar. “Digital technologies are becoming commercially viable for our industries, and there is growing acceptance by users, so we’re seeing an acceleration of deployment. It’s no longer a question of why, or when, but more about here and now. Any businesses that do not adopt quickly will not be competitive for very long.”
Caterpillar as a whole is supporting many customers over many applications:
- More than 500,000 connected assets, the largest connected industrial fleet in the world.
- More than 200,000 electronic inspections are performed annually through the Cat Inspect Mobile App.
- More than 6 million fluid samples are analyzed annually through the S·O·S Services program.
- Ten industry specific apps and growing.
Caterpillar is also working to retrofit older machinery with sensors and analytics technology, with a whole line of AssetIQ kits to make older equipment smarter.