How do I buy a PL542?

You can order a PL542 by calling 1-888-FINNING, by visiting your nearest Finning branch, by contacting your Product Support Representative or on Parts.Cat.Com.


What comes in the PL542 box?

Along with your PL542, you will receive safety stickers and additional mounting elements such as tie wraps and adhesive straps.


Which accessories or components do I need to order along with the PL542?

The only other component you need in addition to the PL542 is a wire harness to connect it to the vehicle service port. Because the unit can be connected to a wide variety of assets, and the accessories required to connect to those assets can change from brand to brand, the wire harness must be ordered separately.


Does the PL542 have an internal battery?

Yes, it has a rechargeable NiMH battery inside. This battery enables daily message reporting for up to 5 days after connection to the main battery power is lost.


Can I install the PL542 or does it need to be installed by a Finning technician?

The PL542 is designed to be installed by users. In order to do so, you need to connect the PL542 to your asset’s service port and attach it to the asset by using either adhesive straps or the tie-wraps. It is that simple.


How long does it take to install the PL542?

The installation of the PL542 will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes.


Can I install the PL542 anywhere I want on my asset?

Almost anywhere. As with all GPS-based tracking devices, there are a few things to keep in mind when selecting the best location to install the PL542 unit:

  • If a cover is blocking the device, it must be a non-metallic cover.
  • The device must be located more than 200mm (7.87 inches) from the machine operator (FCC regulation).
  • Try to position the device horizontally.


Do I need special cables to connect to equipment made by other manufacturers?

No. The wire harness is all you need. For a list of wire harnesses to fit a variety of machines, visit


Is the PL542 for Cat equipment only?

The PL542 was created to be compatible with most brands and models of equipment, allowing you to have your units up and reporting to our web-based management tool, VisionLink.


How is the PL542 activated?

You can call 1-888-FINNING or visit to activate your device.


How does the PL542 communicate data to the monitoring station?

The PL542 uses 3G GSM cellular communications and will use Wi-Fi communication when available.


Does the PL542 also report to VisionLink?

Yes. The PL542 will report to VisionLink the same as our other connectivity units.


Does the PL542 support condition monitoring/predictive maintenance?

Yes. The PL542 collects information required by Finning to do condition monitoring.


How do I troubleshoot the PL542?

The unit is designed to be virtually maintenance-free. In the rare case when a need for servicing arises, diagnostic and troubleshooting can be done both remotely (by using VisionLink), or locally by connecting a laptop to the PL542.


What support materials are available for the PL542?

A complete set of support materials designed to cover off all aspects of the PL542 is available. Simply contact your Finning Expert.

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