Caterpillar has introduced its new 816 Landfill Compactor, which features improved guarding and structure engineering to optimise uptime availability, with new grouping of service points reducing time spent on maintenance, while an updated cab increases operator comfort and productivity.
A statement from Cat said the 816 has new frame deflectors to divert trash away from the frame and hood enclosure to reduce damage while a new captive hinge on the service doors prevents them from opening unintentionally to protect interior components from contamination. These new deflectors and doors ensure fewer failures resulting from the severe nature of landfill applications.
Cat added that the new 816 compactor features improved airflow technology to reduce cleaning and maintenance. A new radial air filter lasts four times longer than the previous filter, and operators are alerted to airflow blockages by an electronic air inlet restriction indicator. A screened air inlet deflects trash from entering the radiator area to help maintain proper airflow, while an auto-reversing fan with manual activation capability purges debris build-up.
Sight gauges for the coolant, transmission oil and hydraulic system provide quick inspection with reduced contamination risk. Grouped hydraulic oil cooler, fuel cooler and condenser service points, along with centralised grease points, help to further minimise maintenance time. Access to the emergency shutdown, battery disconnect and jump start are quickly and conveniently accessed from ground level.
The heavy-duty main structures of the new 816 are built to be rebuilt, offering multiple life cycles. Cat added that reusing and rebuilding machine components offers significant savings compared to the cost of buying new and helps to lower total cost of ownership.
The operator cab in the new 816 delivers greater comfort and easier machine control for higher operator productivity, said the manufacturer. Machine controls include membrane switch panels, keyed ignition and an electrohydraulic parking brake control switch to increase efficiency. Updates to the single Cat STIC system allow for shorter, faster cycles to reduce operator fatigue and increase performance. The STIC system combines steering, gear selection and other functions into a single lever.
The cab sits on isolation mounts and features a new Premium Plus seat with leather finish, forced air heating and cooling, two-way thigh adjustment, power lumbar and back bolster adjustment, and dynamic end dampening for total comfort throughout the workday. Pressurised to lower interior sounds levels and keep contamination and odours out, the cab features an automatic climate control system that maintains the operator’s preferred temperature settings.
Operators are kept informed about machine operating conditions via a 3G touchscreen with user-friendly interface for viewing the Vital Information Management System (VIMS) to optimise machine uptime. Fleet management is further improved through Cat Link technology that provides online access through VisionLink to critical machine data such as machine location, hours, fuel consumption, idle time and diagnostic codes. Cat Compact saves on fuel and machine wear and allows the operator to achieve higher compaction densities through in-cab guidance, machine position reporting and completed pass count. The machine’s standard review camera elevates safety for operators and workers onsite.
The new Cat 816 is powered by Cat’s C7.1 engine designed for maximum fuel economy and increased power density. In the Middle East, the unit is supplied with a Tier 3/Stage IIIA equivalent version of the engine. An Advanced Productivity Electronic Control System (APECS) transmission control delivers improved shifting performance, achieves greater momentum on grades and saves on fuel by carrying that momentum through shift points, said Cat.
Designed specifically for Cat compactors, Paddle and Plus wheel tips deliver high compaction performance and traction. Striker bars and available cleaner fingers help to keep wheels free of debris, so compaction is more efficient and yields higher densities.