CAT JUMPS ON REMANUFACTURING BANDWAGON

As part of Caterpillar’s aim to minimise costs and maximise its equipment life, it has developed several remanufacturing (reman) programs.

These programs offer customers updated “as new” products at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new machines.

WHAT IS REMAN?

Reman is a “closed-loop” industrial process that recaptures a component or part so it may be reused and have a longer life-cycle rather than end up in landfill.

Through reman, a part or component is fully restored. The process begins with disassembly, cleaning and inspection for wear or degradation. In this stage, degraded portions are replaced and can be upgraded when the product is reassembled.

CAT CERTIFIED REBUILDS

Reman products are deemed to have the same life expectancy as their brand-new counterparts.

According to Caterpillar, its quality testing processes flow through to its reman products. In one of Caterpillar’s certified rebuilds, more than 350 tests and inspections are carried out on 7,000 parts. The final reassembled component or machines is sold with an “as-new” warranty.

REMAN MACHINE BENEFITS

Each reman item retains maximum productivity, increased reliability and cost-effective performance. Reman machines can strengthen a customer’s return on investment with a higher resale value and more repair options. Recycled parts can also lower the initial cost of ownership and expenditure throughout their lifecycle. Additionally, using reman items preserves energy and the use of raw materials compared to manufacturing a component or machine from scratch.

CAT REMAN POLICY

In keeping with its focus on identifying innovative processes that enhance efficiency, Cat’s reman division continually researches cost-effective methods to reduce, reuse, recycle and reclaim materials that would have been sent to landfill. The outcome of this research has led to reduced waste, green-house gases and raw material consumption.

Via Caterpillar’s reman division, components are returned to one of the company’s reman facilities where they are disassembled to the smallest part. Each element is cleaned and inspected against Caterpillar’s strict engineering specifications to determine if it is salvageable. If an element is deemed useable, it undergoes salvage technology and the same engineering processes used in new machines. These techniques ensure the parts are honed to the latest performance standard.

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ENVIRONMENT

Reman parts and components are becoming more popular throughout the world. If appropriately re-claimed, they can provide as-new performance, at reduced costs and environmental impact.

Caterpillar, alone, recycles more than 150 million pounds of end-of-life iron annually, lowering waste and the requirement for new metal processing and purchases.

REMANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES COUNCIL

Based in the United States, the Remanufacturing Industries Council supports the reman sector through research, collaboration, advocacy and education.

It aims to boost awareness of reman and its benefits to governments across the world and the public.

The council claims reman can save businesses between 30 per cent and 50 per cent in costs, use lower energy, water and chemical use by 80 per cent, 88 per cent, and 92 per cent, respectively. Waste can also decrease 70 per cent.

RESOLUTE EQUIPMENT

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