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Grade Control

Cat® GRADE technologies help your operators get to grade faster and more accurately, improving efficiency and productivity while reducing costs.

What is Cat Grade?

Cat GRADE technologies include hardware components such as sensors and controls, along with software that tracks equipment locations and records and transmits actual grade, slope and compaction data.

GRADE technologies automate a range of machine functions that simplify and improve operations on a wide variety of earthmoving and paving equipment, including:

What Cat Grade does for you

Cat GRADE technologies give you an edge. Your competition is tough and smart. Don't let them take the lead on grading technology. These technologies—available to fit a range of budgets and job needs—provide machine guidance, automated functions and valuable jobsite advantages.

Put Cat GRADE technologies to work with your grading equipment, and you’ll be able to:

Cat Grade technologies

Cat GRADE technologies include a number of systems (such as 2D or 3D, laser or GNSS) to meet specific application and budget needs.

An in-cab display guides operators, helping to achieve the target grade more quickly and accurately—without rework—in rough, fine and finish grading applications. For some machines, guidance may include automatic control features that reduce operator effort and improve operating efficiencies.

Cat Grade - factory-integrated technologies for new Cat equipment

Cat GRADE with Cross Slope – (Motor Graders) Simplifies machine operation, reduces fatigue and eliminates road spec variation. Ideal for long-distance grading without infrastructure. Can be combined with sonic, laser, GNSS or UTS technologies.

Cat GRADE with Depth and Slope – (Excavators) 2D indicate-only systems use position-sensing hydraulic cylinders and sensors on stick and boom pins. The system calculates position relative to an external reference, such as a grade or survey stake.

Cat GRADE with Assist – (Select Excavators) Semi-autonomous grade control system automates boom and bucket movements. When the bucket reaches target depth, the system automatically locks onto grade and maintains a flat floor.

Cat GRADE with Slope Assist – (Dozers) Automatically maintains established blade angles. In-cab guidance and auto blade control help operators achieve consistent grades in fewer passes and with greater accuracy.

Cat GRADE with Slope – (Pavers & Cold Planers) Sensor types are combined to create elevation control for paving and milling equipment. Applications: Asphalt paving, asphalt and concrete planing.