Learn how Caterpillar worked with Align Production Systems to remove bottlenecks from their Mining Truck assembly line using pit-mounted air caster turntables.

The Situation

Caterpillar wanted to increase productivity at its Decatur, Illinois 797 Mining Truck assembly line, which relied on a single-rail assembly line. The assembly line routinely produced production bottlenecks, as the trucks were hard to move off the rail.

However, the system had successful elements that Caterpillar wanted to retain. Due to the nature of the assembly line, all equipment had to be flush to the ground to interface with existing rail lines.

The Solution

Align Production Systems transformed the Decatur mining truck line by integrating several 32-foot Air Caster Turntables  with rails into the line.

  • Seamless Integration. Pit mounted the turntables turned the line from a single to multi-rail.
  • Low Maintenance. Air Caster Turntables were used to minimize wear and potential downtime.
  • Heavy Duty. The custom-designed turntables were manufactured to easily rotate 200,000 lbs.

The Result

Align Production Systems’ multi-rail assembly line led to substantial productivity increases. By being able to move the 797 Mining Truck around bottlenecks using the Air Caster Turntables, Caterpillar was able to work around trucks that required more time than allotted for, increasing output.

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