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Caterpillar’s new material handler offers increased operability and efficiency

A material handler lifts up a claw full of material
A Cat MH3050 material handler Caterpillar

Caterpillar's new MH3050 material handler utilizes an advanced electrohydraulic system that optimizes the machine's balance of power and efficiency. The electrohydraulic system improves cycle times to handle more material and improves profit potential. The MH3050 further expands the Cat material handler lineup and offerings for industrial applications. 

This next generation of Cat material handlers is powered by a Cat C9.3B engine, capable of operating on up to B20 biodiesel. Meeting EU Stage V and U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emissions standards. The engine uses a maintenance-free aftertreatment system that lowers operating costs and maximizes machine uptime. Operators can fine-tune power requirements to the task at hand with the choice between Power, Smart, and Economy modes, lowering fuel consumption. 

Boom and stick offerings combine to provide up to 18 metres (59 feet 3 inches) of reach, allowing operators to move more material without repositioning the machine. The MH3050 also offers high swing torque to quickly move material. Allowing the boom to freely travel up and down without using pump flow, standard SmartBoom allows the operator to focus on stick and grapple control for a more fuel-efficient cycle. A range of attachments are available and an optional 25 kW generator is available ex-factory for magnet applications.

The technology found on the Cat MH3050 material handler

The Cat MH3050 material handler utilizes an e-fence feature to prevent the machine from moving outside operator-defined envelopes, while Cab Avoidance stops any potential contact between the attachment and the cab. Cat Payload helps to achieve load targets. Operators can pick up a load of material – with grapple and clamshell attachments – and get a real-time weight estimate without swinging. An Operator ID function requires a PIN code to start the engine, stopping the machine from unauthorized operation.

Designed for safe operation

Large tempered glass windows with small pillars on the re-engineered cab design increase operator visibility and safety. The machine has standard right-side and rearview cameras, with the option to upgrade to 360-degree vision. The camera feeds are displayed on the in-cab touchscreen monitor. Thick, laminated, high-impact, and impact-resistant windshields and roof windows meet EN356, P8B, and P5A standards.

A ground-level shutoff switch stops all fuel to the engine and shuts down the machine. Standard boom and stick lowering check valves prevent reverse oil flow in the event of unexpected loss of hydraulic pressure. Various cab access options provide easy, safe, and quick access to the upper service area.

Operator comfort

The MH3050 features joystick steering to eliminate the steering column and improve forward visibility, legroom, and ease of cab entry. All controls are positioned in front of and within easy reach of the operator. A large, 254-millimetre (10-inch) touchscreen monitor with jog-dial offers ideal navigation of the controls. The machine recalls joystick settings based on the Operator ID. The hydraulic cab riser with a new dampening system improves all-around visibility and provides cushion from external vibrations. 

Servicability of the MH3050

Product Link captures critical operating data such as location, hours, fuel usage, productivity, idle time, maintenance alerts, and fault codes, which can be remotely accessed and tracked to boost fleet management efficiency.

Lasting 50 percent longer than previous designs, the new hydraulic oil filter improves filtration and increases change intervals to 3,000 operating hours. New anti-drain valves keep the hydraulic oil clean during filter replacement. All fuel filters feature a 1,000-operating-hour change interval to reduce maintenance requirements. Standard autolube simplifies maintenance by automatically keeping the machine greased from the swing bearing and cab riser to the stick end. 

Operators can track filter life and maintenance intervals on the in-cab monitor.

Company info

100 North East Adams Street
Peoria, IL
US, 61629


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