Cat Reman – remanufacturing in “like-new” quality

Introduced in 1963, the Cat® 988 large wheel loader has been the industry leader for 50 years. Over that period, Caterpillar has manufactured more than 20 000 units. Built to operate over multiple lives, the Cat 988 is one of the most rebuilt models within the Cat product line. Thousands of 988 units are at work with more than 20 000 hours of ­service while others have already accumulated more than 40 000 hours.

To assist with maximizing machine life, Caterpillar designs and builds its machines and parts to be rebuilt and remanufactured. This results in a number of sustainable options for customers such as Cat Certified Rebuild and Cat Reman components.

In a Cat Certified Rebuild, the rebuild requirements are determined prior to disassembly through a comprehensive evaluation of the machine. The rebuild is then carried out according to strict Caterpillar developed guidelines. Certified machine rebuilds include automatic replacement of parts such as hoses, belts, seals, gaskets, bearings, knobs, wiring, switches and gauges. Included during reassembly are critical technological and engineering improvements that have been made since original manufacturing. Retrofit packages are available to bring new features to older machines. With Cat Certified Rebuild, customers get a machine with “like-new” performance for a fraction of the cost of buying a new machine.

Cat Reman offers remanufactured parts as one of the product support options available to support normal overhauls and repairs as well as Cat Certified Rebuilds. Cat Reman parts are remanufactured in a factory environment to ­Caterpillar specifications, ensuring “same-as-new” quality which is backed by a “same-as-new” warranty. The process also incorporates the latest engineering design changes ensuring that the components meet the latest performance specifications.

Cat Reman parts are available off the shelf and are priced at a fraction of the price of new parts – helping to minimize the customer’s operating costs. For wheel loaders like the 988, Cat Reman ­offers engine, hydraulic and drive train components.

Cat Reman and Cat Certified Rebuild are just two examples of the extensive product support options available to minimize customer operating costs. These make both economic and environmental sense because the programmes reduce waste and consumption of raw materials while providing lower cost to the customer. These programmes can deliver cost savings of 40 to 70 %.

The new Cat 988 K wheel loader is approximately 99 % recyclable. This means that approximately 99 % of the components and materials contained within the machine can be practically reused, remanufactured or reprocessed into primary materials and therefore reduce the need for virgin materials.


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