Innovative Iron Award: Caterpillar’s RemoteTask System

Exploration is the engine that drives innovation, so let’s go exploring. Let’s search through a year’s worth of creative ideas in the off-highway equipment industry and see if we can benchmark the innovative exploration of the American machine market. Over the last 12 months, global manufacturers from Caterpillar to Kubota have released compact machines that have set new standards for power, versatility, efficiency and design. Our editors have traveled across the globe to meet these manufacturers, operate their new products and give detailed reports and opinions both in print and on our website ( We sifted through the hundreds of models and brands released in 2015 and picked 19 units that set the bar for innovation. With this article, we salute those companies (from Komatsu to Case) that have changed the commercial equipment market over the last year with their unique, interesting and innovative machines, engines and technologies.

Caterpillar’s RemoteTask System Redefines Remote Operations for Loaders

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Some skid steer applications require distance — disaster relief, barge work, cleaning around mining conveyors. In these situations, remote control applications for a loader can make a much safer operation. To help, TORC Robotics and Caterpillar just announced the availability of the RemoteTask remote control system for Cat D Series skid steer, multi terrain and compact track loaders, and this system is maybe the coolest one on the market. The RemoteTask system enables operators to precisely control the machine from outside the cab — as far away as 1,000 ft and at a safe distance from potentially hazardous tasks and environments. The portable, durable console can manipulate cab controls like engine rpm and hydraulic power output, working deftly with more than 200 work tools via remote. Also, the RemoteTask features no lag in machine response time.

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