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    Massive Throughput Gains for Caterpillar

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    Massive Throughput Gains for Caterpillar

    Posted by Kathy Adolf on Oct 19, 2018 1:51:34 PM

    CHALLENGE

    CATFH630SXi_4Although they were still getting the job done, Caterpillar Lafayette’s 20 to 25-year-old Toyoda machining centers were showing their age and needed to be upgraded. A thorough, competitive analysis and running production numbers confirmed that the total cost of ownership on Toyoda equipment was far lower than alternative options. CAT is known for getting the life out of their equipment—and Toyoda’s rugged, robust design fit the bill. Like CAT, Toyoda maintains a competitive advantage by delivering higher power density, lower total cost of ownership and superior product support. Toyoda knows production can’t wait for long shipping and installation periods—that’s why they have their machines in stock and ready to hit the ground running.

    GOALS

    • Upgrade aging equipment while maintaining low operating costs.
    • Increase accuracy and efficiency with newer technology.
    • Standardize machining tools throughout the facility.
    • Ensure strong after-sales support.

    SOLUTION

    CAT upgraded to Toyoda’s state-of-the-art horizontal machining centers for EFFICIENT
    PRODUCTION and HIGH-PRECISION MACHINING. Toyoda horizontal machining centers
    provide industry-leading speed, rigidity and accuracy to reach peak efficiency and
    joined the ranks of other reliable Toyoda machines.

    FH630SX-i (2) FH100B (2) FH100
    FH800SX-i (3) FA800 (3) FH80
    FH80B FA630 GV100C

    OUTCOME

    25% INCREASE IN PRODUCTION
    Running the new machines with the same program, producing the same parts CAT was able to increase production by 25%—covering their increase in value and paying for the machine upgrade.

    37% INCREASED CAPACITY
    Post-installation, CAT was immediately running 37% faster cycle times. Being able to do more in less time eliminated employee overtime needed to reach production requirements.

    3 MORE TOYODA MACHINES ON ORDER
    CAT immediately ordered 3 larger machines to run connecting rods for diesel engines. The upgrade is slated to more than double production.

    1 NEW FACILITY PARTNERSHIP
    CAT’s significant ROI has now enhanced Toyoda’s reputation in the Lafayette facility. As machines reach capacity or age limit, they will look to Toyoda for the solution.

    Read the entire case study: New Generation of Toyoda Machines Increases Caterpillar's Lafayette Production

    ABOUT CATERPILLAR
    Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.
    Company website: www.cat.com

     

    Written by Kathy Adolf

    Kathy Adolf works at Toyoda as a Marketing Strategist of Product Development. You can reach her at kadolf@toyoda.com.