Meeting diverse powertrain requirements, the local introduction of Caterpillar’s new Cat C7.1 engine builds on the successful track record of the previous generation Cat C7 Tier III unit, which has seen widespread adoption in the Southern African industrial OEM market since its launch in 2010.
This includes the development of an electronic C7 flameproof version for the South African underground coal segment.
“The C7.1 provides optimum power range flexibility in a compact design that meets the needs of OEM’s in diverse industries ranging from agriculture and marine to quarrying, mining, materials handling and food processing,” explains Theo Jooste, Barloworld Power’s business manager for commercial engines. He was speaking during the unveiling of the C7.1 at Bauma Africa in September 2013. (Barloworld Power is the Cat power systems dealer for southern Africa.)
Driven by a 7.1 litre six cylinder power plant, the Cat C7.1 is available either in Tier II or Tier III configurations, and across the board offers a power range of 89 to 205 kW, depending on the engine configuration and application.
The Tier II unit develops 105 kW to 162 kW at pre-set engine speeds, while the Tier III version generates 89 kW to 205 kW. Both Tier II and III engines are suitable for flameproof applications, driving underground mining machines that include utility vehicles and LHD’s
Adds Jooste: “Whether repowering existing equipment or for fitment in new machines, the C7.1 sets the standard with one engine that can be modified for multiple downstream applications.”