2014/10/20 New Product Link and VIMS 3G Software for 523 and A4:N4 Modules Is Now Available for Certain Series M and Series K Wheel Loaders {7601, 7606, 7620} Caterpillar


New Product Link and VIMS 3G Software for 523 and A4:N4 Modules Is Now Available for Certain Series M and Series K Wheel Loaders {7601, 7606, 7620}
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Wheel Loader:
950K (S/N: R4A1-UP; J5M1-UP; FER1-UP)
950K OEM (S/N: DPT1-UP)
950M (S/N: EMB1-UP; XCJ1-UP; FTR1-UP; J1S1-UP)
962K (S/N: T6A1-UP; FLL1-UP; X4T1-UP)
962M (S/N: EJB1-UP; JYD1-UP; J2S1-UP; F2T1-UP)
966K (S/N: PBG1-UP; A5S1-UP; TFS1-UP; NGX1-UP)
966MSeries XE (S/N: P6C1-UP)
966M (S/N: DYC1-UP; KJP1-UP; L8R1-UP)
972K (S/N: PEM1-UP; Z4W1-UP)
972MSeries XE (S/N: EDW1-UP)
972M (S/N: A8P1-UP; JPR1-UP)
980K (S/N: W7K1-UP; NEP1-UP; GTZ1-UP)
980M (S/N: KRS1-UP; N8T1-UP)
982M (S/N: F9A1-UP; K1Y1-UP)
Service Magazine SEPD1842, 28 August 2014, "New Product Link and VIMS 3G Software for 523 and A4:N4 Modules Is Now Available for Certain Series M and Series K Wheel Loaders". Disregard this article. Refer to the following article.

ReferenceSpecial Instruction, REHS7428, "VIMS 3G Software Installation Guide For Certain Cat® Product Using VIMSpc 2011A".

ReferenceSpecial Instruction, REHS2368, "Installation Procedure for Product Link PL522/523".

ReferenceRefer to section "PL321SR System" and "Flash Program the 121 Radio Module" on Systems Operation, Troubleshooting, Testing and Adjusting, RENR7911, "Product Link 121S/300 ".

New Product Link and VIMS 3G Software for 523 and A4:N4 Modules is now available for certain machines that are listed above.

Refer to Table 1 for the correct ECM that is installed on the machine to gather the correct software files.

Table 1
VIMS ECM Identification Chart    
ECM Name     Part Number     Description    
A4:N4
(S/N Ending in HD)    
285-1142     Electronic Control Module    
523
(S/N Ending in RM)    
351-8492     Electronic Control Module    

(A) Enter the part number of the files, when searching for the software and configuration files in SIS Web. Entering the machines Serial Number will not always give the compatible configuration file for the flash file used on the VIMS platform.

(B) When searching for the Latest Production software in SIS Web, in the Flash Software Download page, click on the "VIMS Software & Current Releases" Link. This will bring up the "MINING.AVS.COM" web page. Under Related Links, click on "VIMS 3G Production Software Compatibility Matrix". The VIMS3G Production Flash File and Production Configuration Compatibility Matrix will pop up. Search for the correct software files for a specific machine type.

(C) Before using Communications Adapter 3 (CA3), make sure that the PC drivers and CA3 firmware have been updated.

(D) Use the latest version of AVSpare Electronic Technician (Cat ET) for the optimal machine software support and use "WinFlash" to flash the new software onto the Module.

(E) The Configuration files are flashed onto the VIMS Module using the latest version of VIMSpc (2013A or later). Get the latest version of VIMSpc at:

https://mining.cat.com/vims

Improvements of Product Link (PLVIMS)

  • Implemented faster Product Link radio (PL121) registration for prime product manufacturing locations.

Improvements of Payload Control System (PCS) and Cat® Production Measurement (CPM) Support (523 and PLVIMS)

  • Enhanced support for the currently selected Material ID information to be available along with Truck ID information, on certain Medium Wheel Loaders equipped with CPM.

  • Updated to resolve potential ECM resets that could result in generating incorrect or missing printer ticket information on certain Medium Wheel Loaders equipped with CPM or PCS.

  • Enhanced the ability to change units of measurement between English and Metric, on certain Medium Wheel Loaders equipped with PCS.

Update the VIMS radio to the latest production software if Product Link is used with VIMS. Refer to Table 2.

Table 2
Product Link Software    
Flash File Part Number     Description     ECM/S/N    
336-3566 Communication Software Gp     PL121SR (Analog)     DQ0000001Q1-UP, DQAVS0000001Q1 - DQAVS0044636Q1    
434-1356 Machine Software Gp     PL121SR (Digital)     DQAVS0044637 - UP    
453-3675 Monitor Software Gp     523 Modem Firmware     S/N Ending in RM (1)    
( 1 ) Software is flashed over the air

Configuration Changes

Refer to Table 3 for the correct flash file and compatible configuration file for the VIMS module that is installed on the M series Medium Wheel Loader.

Table 3
MWL M Series     VIMS Main Flash File     Compatible Configuration Files for VIMS and/or PCS    
VIMS
(950M-982M) (1)
PCS Only
(950M-982M) (2)
VIMS
(966M-972M XE) (1)    
PLVIMS (A4:N4)     464-2928     464-0530     464-0529     464-0528    
523 (A4:G4)     464-2930     Not Offered
( 1 ) Refer to Note b
( 2 ) Refer to Note a

Configuration changes for the M series MWL are listed below:

  • Added support for enabling CPM functionality, if either the Production Measurement Feature Installation Status or Production Measurement Feature Temporary Installation Status is set to "Installed".

  • Added support for new printer installation status parameter.

  • Added support for Material ID Index and Material Id Name.

Refer to Table 4 for the correct flash file and compatible configuration file for the VIMS module that is installed on the K series Medium Wheel Loader.

Table 4
MWL Series K VIMS Module     VIMS Main Flash File     Compatible Configuration Files for VIMS and PCS    
VIMS (950K, 962K) (1) PCS only (950K, 962K) and (966K XE) Machines (2) VIMS (966K, 972K, 980K) (1)     PCS only (966K, 972K, 980K) (2)     VIMS (966K XE) (1)    
PLVIMS (A4:N4)     464-2928     464-0536     464-0534     464-0533     464-0535     464-0537    
523 (A4:G4)     464-2930     Not Offered Not Offered    
( 1 ) Refer to Note b
( 2 ) Refer to Note a

Configuration changes of 464-0533 Monitor Software Gp, 464-0536 Monitor Software Gp, and 464-0537 Monitor Software Gp for the K series MWL are listed below:

  • Added support for new printer installation status parameter.

  • Resolved Units Status that was being reported correctly.

  • Enforced user input for all available blank spaces when configuring Truck ID.

  • Added datalogger support for the following parameters:

- Bucket Payload Data

- Bucket Payload

- Weigh Cycle Total Truck Payload

- Load Cycle Pass Count

- Payload Operating Mode

- Payload Store Switch

- Payload System Zeroed Status

Configuration changes of 464-0534 Monitor Software Gp, and 464-0535 Monitor Software Gp for the K series MWL are listed below:

  • Added support for new printer installation status parameter.

  • Resolved Units Status that was being reported correctly.

  • Enforced user input for all available blank spaces when configuring Truck ID.

Note:

(a) A4:N4 with the PCS only configuration can function as PL and is an enabler for PCS reports. However, PCS (Software Enable Attachment (SEA)) must be enabled in the Implement Module for PCS to function. When PCS only config is installed, "Data Acquisition System" (SEA override) is auto installed/enabled for supporting PCS reports.

(b) VIMS is an SEA on these machines and will require a factory password to install/enable VIMS. With the VIMS configuration, it can function as PL and is the enabler for VIMS functionality and PCS reports. However both VIMS (SEA) and PCS (SEA) must be installed in the VIMS and Implement ECMs, respectively for VIMS and PCS to function. With just VIMS (SEA) installed and PCS (SEA) not installed, VIMS will function, but there will be no data in the PCS reports.

(c) Enter the password for the machine when the pop-up appears, it will be directed to obtain a password from the system after registering the machine through the SEA Dept.

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