Caterpillar Announces New Strategy for Vocational Truck Product Family

Company to Bring Vocational Truck Production to a U.S. Caterpillar Facil

Caterpillar Inc. recently announced it will begin independently designing and manufacturing its vocational truck product family at its plant in Victoria, Texas. The plant, which opened in 2012, currently produces hydraulic excavators.

“The on-highway vocational truck product family is important to our product line; customers like our trucks and want to include them in their fleets in a variety of heavy duty applications such as dump trucks, mixers, haulers or one of the other configurations we offer ,” said Chris Chadwick, Caterpillar’s director of the Global On-Highway Truck Group. “To continue to provide the best solution for our customers, we will bring the design and manufacturing of this product into Caterpillar, and the production specifically to Victoria. Our updated strategy reaffirms our commitment to grow and develop our presence in the vocational truck industry moving forward.”

Caterpillar launched its first vocational truck, the CT660, in the North American market in 2011. Two more models have since been added to the lineup, the CT680 and CT681. To date, Caterpillar has worked with Navistar for the products’ design and build, which are currently manufactured in Escobedo, Mexico.

“We appreciate the collaboration we have had with Navistar,” Chadwick said. “As we look to future launches of new truck models, this updated strategy will better position us to help provide our customers with the best products and services for this market. Caterpillar continues to drive the design phase of all models, both current and planned.

Before launching the product, we spent hundreds of hours on the road with customers, asking them to describe the ideal truck. We know what they want and need – from functionality of the truck itself to comfort in the cab. We plan to meet and exceed those expectations as we grow this product offering to fulfill our customers’ needs.”

The transition process will begin immediately, with production expected to begin in the first half of next year. Caterpillar Victoria will continue to produce excavators, and the addition of the vocational truck production is expected to add around 200 new jobs at the facility.

“Caterpillar Victoria is proud to be a part of this opportunity,” commented Ed O’Neil, general manager for Operations for the Excavation Division. “The Victoria facility was selected because of our team’s proven record of building high-quality Cat® products, our commitment to safety, our successful implementation of the Caterpillar Production System and Lean manufacturing. In addition, support from the community and its excellent skilled workforce, as well as the proximity to suppliers, also contributed to the sourcing decision.”

Caterpillar dealers will continue to sell and support Cat vocational trucks.

Vocational Trucks Brief Specs

CT681 CT660 CT680
Engine Cat® CT13 Engine Cat® CT13 Engine Cat® CT13 Engine
Horsepower @ 1700 rpm 365 – 430 hp 365 – 475 hp 410-475 hp
Engine Type Diesel, 4-Cycle Diesel, 4-Cycle Diesel, 4-Cycle
Configuration Inline 6-Cylinder Inline 6-Cylinder Inline 6-Cylinder
Displacement 758.0 in3 758.0 in3 758.0 in3
Aspiration Turbo/Intercooler/Aftercooler Turbo/Intercooler/Aftercooler Turbo/Intercooler/Aftercooler
Peak Torque @ 1000 rpm 1550 lb-ft 1250 – 1700 lb-ft 1700 lb-ft
Transmission Cat CX31® Automatic Transmission Cat CX31® Automatic Transmission Cat® CX31 Automatic Transmission
Speeds 6 forward/1 reverse 6 forward/1 reverse 6 forward/1 reverse
Maximum Input Speed: 2500 rpm 2500 rpm 2500 rpm
Power Take-Off 2 side & Hi out put rear 2 side & Hi out put rear 2 side & Hi out put rear

Cat CT680    

A natural extension of the Cat® product line, the Cat CT680 Vocational Truck delivers all the power, performance and productivity you expect from Caterpillar. This Class 8 set-forward axle model—ideal for hauling heavy loads—features a spacious and ergonomic cab, industrial styling, vocational-specific engine and transmission options, and bumper-to-bumper support across North America.

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The CT680’s set-forward axle, rugged design and industrial styling make it ideal for hauling heavy loads or working in extreme conditions. Aluminum alloy cab construction reduces overall weight and extends cab life.

The CT680’s wide, spacious cab is filled with ergonomic details to reduce fatigue and thoughtful features to enhance driver comfort, all shift long.

Cat’s ergonomically designed dashboard and center stack layout give drivers complete command and control. All controls, levers, switches and gauges are positioned to maximize safety and minimize fatigue, so drivers can stay focused on the job at hand.

The CT680’s tuned cab air suspension system, premium grade sound insulation kit, and durable routing and clipping wire system dramatically reduce vibration and cab noise.

Under the hood, the CT680 is powered by a Cat CT Series Vocational Truck Engine with ratings specific to vocational truck applications and a horsepower/torque combination to tackle the toughest jobs.

Performance-matched with your engine to deliver rugged durability, smooth shifting and optimum power, the Cat CX31 Automatic Transmission will help you maximize your CT680’s uptime, fuel economy and productivity. (Other transmission options are available.)

For more information: http://www.cat.com/en_US/products/new/equipment/on-highway-trucks/on-highway-trucks/1000004244.html

 Cat CT681

A natural extension of the Cat® product line, the Cat CT681 Vocational Truck delivers all the power, performance and productivity you expect from Caterpillar. This Class 8 set-forward axle model—ideal for hauling heavy loads—features a spacious and ergonomic cab, industrial styling, vocational-specific engine and transmission options, and bumper-to-bumper support across North America.

Cat CT681 On Highway Truck - C10128995The CT681’s set-forward axle, rugged design and industrial styling make it ideal for hauling heavy loads or working in extreme conditions. Aluminum alloy cab construction reduces overall weight for maximum payloads.

Cat’s integral Front Frame Extension (FFE) option makes it easy to mount attachments like snow plows, hose reels, winches and hydraulic pumps. Mixer installation is simple thanks to vertical tie-in plates mounted behind the cab.

The CT681’s wide, spacious cab is filled with ergonomic details to reduce fatigue and thoughtful features to enhance driver comfort, all shift long.

The CT681’s ergonomically designed dashboard and center stack layout give drivers complete command and control. All controls, levers, switches and gauges are positioned to maximize safety and minimize fatigue, so drivers can stay focused on the job at hand.

Cat’s tuned cab air suspension system, premium grade sound insulation kit, and durable routing and clipping wire system dramatically reduce vibration and cab noise.

Under the hood, the CT681 is powered by a Cat CT Series Vocational Truck Engine with ratings specific to vocational truck applications and a horsepower/torque combination to tackle the toughest jobs.

Performance-matched with your engine to deliver rugged durability, smooth shifting and optimum power, the Cat CX31 Automatic Transmission will help you maximize your CT681’s uptime, fuel economy and productivity. (Other transmission options are available.)

Fore more information:

http://www.cat.com/en_US/products/new/equipment/on-highway-trucks/on-highway-trucks/18581765.html

DeWALT Expands USA Production and Reduces Jobsite Cords

By Greg Sitek

 We had the opportunity to visit and tour one of DeWALT’s recent plant expansions in Charlotte NC where it is manufacturing hand tools hand tools. The 65,000 square-foot production facility is part of the company’s 1.2 million square-foot North Carolina/South Carolina distribution facility. The building actually does sit on the North Carolina-South Carolina state line.

This is one of several expansions as DeWALT, continues its initiative to build products in the USA. With this expansion, an additional 60 corded and cordless power tools are being built domestically with global materials. An expansion of production into an existing company-owned plant in Greenfield, Indiana brings the total number of DEWALT plants in the United States to seven, with facilities in Connecticut, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, making some of the brand’s most popular tools.

DEWALT will now produce approximately 14 million products each year in the United States. Given a choice between a product made in the United States and an identical one made abroad, 78 percent of Americans would rather buy the American product, according to a 2013 survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

In addition to the efficiency that domestic expansion provides, DEWALT has also created new jobs for Americans across the country, adding over 500 employees to the expanded manufacturing facilities since the campaign began. This brings the total number of employees at US-based DEWALT plants to the thousands. DEWALT is also committed to hiring veterans and currently employs over 1,000 former members of the military in their manufacturing facilities alone.

“We continue to grow our domestic capabilities because the professional using our tools wants to buy products built in the USA. DEWALT is making the power tools for the contractors and builders who are themselves building America,” said Frank Mannarino, President of DeWALT Professional Products Group. “Whether it’s through our high quality tools built in the USA with global materials, convenient service repair centers, or products backed by extensive warranties, the DEWALT professional end user can expect premium power tools that are built and serviced by fellow Americans – some of whom are veterans – right here in the United States.”

With the added products, facilities, and a continued commitment to expanding domestic manufacturing, DeWALT is able to deliver products with greater efficiency, without adding cost, while keeping the same Guaranteed Tough® quality.

“DeWALT is a global brand built right here in America,” said Nick DeSimone, Vice President of Operations. “We’re choosing to invest in domestic manufacturing because it’s important that we maintain our connection with core DEWALT customers. Not only can we build quality products in the United States, but we also care deeply about making things at home and bringing jobs back to the United States.”

For more information on DeWALT’s initiative to build products in the USA using global materials, and to view a full list of product offerings, visit www.dewalt.com/americanpride  or watch a video about it here.

More Cordless Power    

The company has focused on improving jobsite safety by eliminating the electrical cords that often cover construction jobsites. Enter more cordless power tools. During the recent visit to the newly expanded Charlotte NC facility we were introduced to a family of cordless tools that do eliminate a lot of the cords.

Here are some of the new tools that we hand an opportunity to see and “test drive.”

This first one, while not typically found on the heavy nonresidential was more than impressive. After using it I thought of all the things you could do with it on any job site especially when you realize that it is cordless and delivers the kind of cutting power it does. Good bye chop saw.

20V MAX* Lithium Ion 7 1/4 Inch Sliding Miter Saw (DCS361) offers portability and convenience, optimized for general contractors and remodelers for various applications including trim installation, flooring work, and cutting 2x material.

DCS361M1_3The 7 1/4 Inch Sliding Miter Saw (DCS361) features a single left bevel which ranges from -3° to 48° left. With a 3 1/2 inch maximum vertical, 3 5/8 inch crown nested, and 2×8 inch horizontal cut capacity, the DCS361 will handle most of the common cuts needed.   The DCS361 spins at 3750 RPM and makes, on average 183 cuts of 2×4 pine or 275 cuts of 3-1/4 inch pine base molding on a single battery charge (DCB204 4.0Ah battery). The DCS361 with a battery is lightweight at 31.6lbs and with the integrated cast-in side handles it’s easy to carry around the jobsite.

Key ease-of-use features of the DCS361 include an integrated XPS™ blade light, which casts a shadow showing where the blade will cut. A stainless steel miter detent plate makes it easy to adjust the saw. Other features include the saw’s 10 positive miter stops, a fast and easy cam lock, and rubber feet for no-slip and no-scratch grip. A high visibility bevel scale, adjustable bevel overrides, and a miter pointer on the left side of the table provides maximum visibility and versatility.

Whether the DCS361 is used for flooring, small crown work, toe molding, back splashes, base, chair rail, door or window casting, or any other woodworking application, it’s a convenient option for the professional. The DCS361 will be available as a bare unit (DCS361B) or as a kit (DCS361M1). Both units come equipped with a dust bag, hold-down clamp, and a 40 tooth blade. For the bare unit, battery and charger are sold separately.

Three 20V MAX* Brushless High Torque Impact Wrenchesare available in 1/2 Inch (DCF899) hog ring or detent pin anvils, 3/4 Inch (DCF898) hog ring with retention pin hole anvil and a 7/16 Inch (DCF897) quick release chuck specifically designed for utility applications.

DCF899P2_2These high-torque impact wrenches feature efficient, brushless motors and with the 5Ah 20V MAX* XR lithium ion battery pack they deliver the power, speed, and extreme runtime required by the professional. The 1/2 Inch (DCF899) hog ring or detent pin anvil impact wrench delivers 700 ft-lbs of max torque and 1200 ft-lbs of max breakaway torque.

With 3 speeds for application-specific control these impact wrenches offer the convenience of cordless technology and save time by eliminating cords and hoses of electric and pneumatic impact wrenches. At 8.9 inches long and just 7lbs each, the impact wrenches get into tight spaces easily and are comfortable to use over extended periods of time on the worksite. These impact wrenches feature LED work lights and provide the durability to stand up to jobsite environments.

Whether it’s automotive, farm, or heavy machinery repair, concrete fastening, road or bridge crews, or elevator and ironworkers – on the job, power and portability allow for productivity. You will be amazed by the power and speed these tools deliver without cords and/or hoses.

DEWALT’s First Cordless Portable Stick & TIG Welder (DCW100K) can be operated in cordless mode for maximum convenience or easily plugged into a 20 Amp circuit or generator. I definitely want one…

DCW100K_3With an internal lithium ion battery, the DCW100K recharges while it’s plugged in. The external 4.4lb 50 minute charger keeps the DCW100K ready to use remotely at any time. Weighing less than 25lbs, the welder itself is easy to move around a job site whether it’s for mechanical, fleet field or jobsite repair and install, or stair and railing work.

At 140 Amps Max Stick and 150 Amps Max TIG, the DCW100K offers pro-grade performance for a majority of job site and construction applications. The unit features a digital display which indicates the amperage and control values, manipulated via adjustment dial. Other displays include a Stick/TIG Welder Type Selector and a Hot Start/Soft Start setting which allows the DCW100K to start easily and maintain a stable arc at low amperage. Additionally, an Arc Force Dynamic setting increases the amperage, helping to prevent the weld pool from solidifying. A battery status bar shows the remaining charge. Finally, the DCW100K includes a 13-ft. stick electrode lead as well as a 10-ft. grounding lead.

Ward Smith, DEWALT product manager said, “DEWALT continues to push the boundaries of cordless innovation on the jobsite delivering a portable power solution for the welding professional. The DCW100K Cordless Welder delivers premium performance in a lightweight and portable package.”

On the job, portability is productivity – the DCW100K Portable Stick & TIG Welder is designed for welding professionals and Guaranteed Tough® by DEWALT.

20V MAX* XR™ Brushless SDS Hammer is the first brushless rotary hammer available from this professional power tool brand.

Ideal for use in concrete drilling applications, the 1” 20V MAX* XR™ Brushless SDS Hammer is powered by a DEWALT-built brushless motor that provides 2.1 DCH273P2_1Joules of Impact Energy**, and is optimized for chipping work and drilling diameters of 1/2” or less. With only 6.6 m/s² vibration felt by the user at the handle, this lightweight, SHOCKS™ equipped rotary hammer is designed for comfortable use.

The 1” 20V MAX* XR™ Brushless SDS Hammer comes kitted with a 5.0 Amp hour lithium ion battery and is compatible with DEWALT’s onboard cordless HEPA dust extractor (D25303DH sold separately). The rotary hammer also includes a retractable utility hook that allows it to be hung not only from a belt but also lifts, ladders, carts, etc. The hammer also features an LED with a 20 second delay that provides visibility in dimly lit spaces.

The 1” 20V MAX* XR™ Brushless SDS Hammer is part of the DEWALT Perform & Protect™ line of power tools. DEWALT Perform & Protect™ tools are designed to provide a high level of one or more of the following: control, dust containment or low vibration, without sacrificing performance.

The tool will come standard with a three-year limited warranty, two-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.

Four new SDS Rotary Hammers the 1-1/8” SDS Hammer (D25263K), the 1” SDS Hammer (D25262K), 1” Pistol Grip SDS Hammer (D25133K), and the 7/8” SDS Hammer (D25260K) were introduced and demonstrated. Each of these units provides performance, durability, and comfort for work in the plumbing, electrical, concrete forming, HVAC, and other concrete-related trades.

D25263K_1Leading the new Rotary Hammer collection is the 1-1/8” SDS Hammer (D25263K), which has 15% faster drilling speed, on average when compared to the Bosch Bulldog Extreme Max (RH228VC) when drilling 5/8” by 3” holes. An 8.5 amp high performance motor delivers an RPM of 0-1450 and a BPM at 0-5350 with 3.0 Joules* of impact energy.

The 1-1/8” SDS Hammer also features three internal and three external rubber seals which help protect the unit from dust and debris and provide DEWALT-level durability. At 6.8 lbs, with SHOCKS™ vibration control and a vibration-reducing side handle, this unit limits vibration felt by the user at the handle to 9.8 m/s² for optimal user comfort. The 1-1/8” SDS Hammer also features three operation modes; Hammer Drill, Drill Only, and Chipping. Each SDS Rotary Hammer features a rotating brush ring that delivers full power in Reverse mode for bit jam incidents.

Both the 1-1/8” SDS Hammer and 1” SDS Hammer are part of the DEWALT Perform & Protect™ line of power tools. DEWALT Perform & Protect™ tools are designed to provide a high level of one or more of the following: control, dust containment or low vibration, without sacrificing performance.

The full collection of new DEWALT SDS Rotary Hammers is available now where DEWALT products are sold. The 1-1/8” SDS Hammer (D25263K) and 1” SDS Hammer (D25262K) each have a 2-year service warranty. The 1” Pistol Grip SDS Hammer (D25133K) and 7/8” SDS Hammer (D25260K) each have a 1-year service warranty.

DEWALT Batteries, Now With Bluetooth® What? DeWALT’s new Tool Connect™ App allows users to pair Bluetooth® enabled batteries with compatible smartphones. Adding to its growing offering of “connected” tools, DEWALT launches its first line of premium 20V MAX* 2.0 Amp (DCB203BT) and 4.0 Amp (DCB204BT) lithium ion batteries with Bluetooth® capability.

DCB204BT_2These batteries pair with Apple and Android smart devices via the free Tool Connect™ App. This innovation gives DEWALT users the ability to control their compatible DEWALT batteries remotely via a Bluetooth device. For the early-adopter who runs a business on a jobsite, this technology allows greater control over tools in residential, MRO, and commercial work sites.

Bluetooth® enabled batteries solve a number of jobsite problems and the Tool Connect™ App takes just a few moments to set up. Users can simply connect their compatible DEWALT batteries to their Bluetooth® enabled smartphone or tablet (by initiating the pairing process) and view the inventory of paired units on the Tool Connect™ App home screen. This home screen allows users to remotely turn all compatible DEWALT Bluetooth® batteries on or off at once, monitor battery charge level, view Bluetooth signal strength, and pair additional batteries.

From the Tool Connect™ App home screen, users can select an individual battery to view its diagnostics and change settings by tabbing through four pages: Diagnostics, Actions, Info, and Alerts. The Diagnostics screen indicates an individual battery’s state of charge, temperature, and connection to Bluetooth®. This screen also allows users to enable and disable a particular battery. By disabling a battery, the user prevents it from being used until re-enabled. This feature makes it easy to shut down equipment at the end of the day to conserve battery life and deter theft.

The Actions screen allows the user to customize their alert preferences depending on what information they need and when they need it. These options include Alert if Out of Range, Disable if Out of Range, Alert at Low Battery Charge, Alert at High Temperature, and Alert at Charge Completion. In addition, this screen offers a Lending Button, which allows for sharing of batteries. The user can select an amount of time for the tool (with battery) to be lent and when the time is exceeded, the battery shuts down and the owner receives an alert.

Finally, the Alerts screen provides a comprehensive list of all of the alerts that have been generated by the Tool Connect™ App and the compatible DEWALT Bluetooth® batteries. From here, users can select an alert to view more details or clear some or all alerts in the log.

More than ever before, DEWALT is connecting the professional to their tools. By integrating Bluetooth® Technology into batteries and as a leading tool brand, DEWALT continues to advance technology in the industrial space.

* – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

** – According to EPTA-procedure 05/2009

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