Technology Overview

PipeLine Machinery International (PLM) presents the technology that supports PLM Connect, a collection of hardware and software tools available for both Cat® and non-Cat assets. Some tools are integrated into equipment at the factory, while others can be dealer installed or retrofit to older equipment.  Connecting to a holistic view of your equipment fleet will optimize performance.  The insights start here.

VisionLink Devices

Link: Gathers data generated by your assets and job-sites, giving you actionable information automatically and accurately via one digital interface.

  • Cat® Product Link™ wirelessly connects you to your equipment giving you valuable insight into how your machine or fleet is performing. Information such as location, hours, fuel usage, productivity, idle time, and diagnostic codes are made available through online web applications so that you can make timely, fact-based decisions to maximize efficiency, improve productivity, and lower the cost of owning and operating your fleet. Your machine can be connected in minutes.  Available with satellite or cellular connectivity  For more detailed information, click on the Cat Link information sheet below.
  • VisionLink® is a comprehensive remote monitoring and asset management solution, with remarkably intuitive web interfaces that transform data from your entire fleet of equipment into the essential information you need to make decisions.  Monitor full fleet, improve efficiency, and manage maintenance.   For more detailed information, you can view the following video and click on the VisionLink information sheet below.


Load Monitoring: Gathers payload information so that you know what’s on the line.

  • LMI V4 Pipelayer System will wirelessly provide the operator with accurate load information, significantly reducing the potential for costly and dangerous overloading, tip-overs and other jobsite accidents.
  • Winchsmart System answers the challenge to that steep pipeline work with tow line cables between machines.  The operator will have accurate load information so as to protect your crew and your equipment.

    For more detailed information on PLM Load Monitoring, click here.


Detect: Improves operator awareness of the work environment, reducing the chance of accidents.  It also helps prevent unauthorized use of equipment.

  • Cat Detection for Personnel is a safety option available that determines the temporary, dynamic dangerous work zone.  Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is placed within protective equipment such as safety vests or hard hats, and an antenna is installed in the equipment to communicate with the RFID tags.  The operator will be alerted with a visible and audible alarm if a ground worker is within the vicinity of the equipment while it is moving.  For more detailed information, click on the Cat Detect information sheet below.
  • Cat WAVS - The Work Area Vision System (WAVS) was designed to improve an equipment operator's view of busy jobsites.  With options featuring up to four robust, external closed-circuit cameras and in-cab-mounted display monitor, CAt WAVS enhances an operator's awareness of the site surroundings, work tool activities and changes in work area conditions - increasing safety and productivity.  For more detailed information, click on the WAVS information sheet below.
  • The Powerline Proximity System by Cranesmart detects high voltage, protecting the operator and the equipment.  Available as a stand-alone unit, or in conjunction with LMI systems for pipelayers, this innovative solution will wirelessly send a visual and audio alarm to the operator that warns in real-time of potential hazards.  For more detailed information on powerline proximity devices, click here.

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