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.