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Caterpillar is hosting a live video stream though Periscope

UnknownToday on October 8. Caterpillar is hosting a live video stream though Periscope, a new social media platform. A total of 8 video segments will stream during this one-day event, starting at 8am Central Time. Four segments will feature product demonstrations and four highlight technology/customer support solutions.

If you are not familiar with Periscope, it is a new live video streaming app for iOS and Android devices. This social platform allows users to quickly and easily share video right from their mobile device, and engage via chat (and by giving hearts) while watching broadcasts.

Below are the details of the event.
Schedule
8 AM Equipment Demonstration Captured from Drone, Followed by Q&A with Marty Dains, Edwards Manager (Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center)
9 AM Equipment Demonstration Captured from Ground Level, Followed by Q&A with Chad Cremeens, Field Operations Supervisor (Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center)
11 AM Why Use Genuine Cat Parts, Followed by Q&A with Jeff Payne, Marketing Consultant (Building LC Service Bay)
12 PM SOS Tour, Followed by Q&A with Dana Franklin, SOS Expert (Building LC SOS Lab)
1 PM Fleet Monitoring Center Tour, Followed by Q&A with Mark Kelly, Condition Monitoring Adviser (Building LC Fleet Monitoring Center)
3 PM Walkaround Inspection Demo with Cat Inspect App, Followed by Q&A with Jeff Payne, Marketing Consultant (Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center)
4 PM Equipment Demonstration Captured from Drone, Followed by Q&A with Marty Dains, Edwards Manager (Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center)
5 PM Equipment Demonstration Captured from Ground Level, Followed by Q&A with Chad Cremeens, Field Operations Supervisor (Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center)

List of Machines
Articulated Trucks
Backhoe Loaders
Dozers
Excavators
Motor Graders
Multi-Terrain Loaders
Off-Highway Trucks
On-Highway Trucks
Skid Steers
Wheel Loaders
Wheel Tractor Scrapers

How to Watch
The following instructions will walk you through the process of downloading Periscope, setting up an account and following Caterpillar. Once this is setup, you’ll receive notifications on your mobile device each time Caterpillar begins streaming.
1. Download Periscope on your mobile device
Download on iOS (Click here!)
Download on Android (Click here!)
2. Log in via Twitter or create a new account (for help, click here)
3. Enable notifications when prompted
4. Search for and follow CaterpillarInc (for help, click here)

If you miss the live event, the videos will be available for 24 hours after each live stream through Periscope. They will also be uploaded to YouTube.

Caterpillar Announces New Organizational Structure for Mining and Customer and Dealer-Facing Divisions; Focus on Innovation and Data Analytics Remains a Key Priority

UnknownBuilding on its 90-year history of providing unmatched product support around the world, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) today announced reorganization in its dealer and customer support divisions. These changes are designed to improve and speed the delivery of customer support while simplifying the way Caterpillar interacts with its global dealer network.

“These organizational changes will drive needed simplicity to the business, further enabling us to meet customer and dealer needs by becoming more nimble, lean and responsive,” said Rob Charter, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Customer & Dealer Support. “Our dealers are the best in the industry when it comes to knowing and serving our customers. These changes will help Caterpillar increase accountability at the divisional level and continue to differentiate the Caterpillar business model from our competitors.”

The company is also placing added executive office emphasis on three strategic initiatives – data analytics, digital and innovation capabilities; Lean Transformation; and the Across the Table initiative. Having this additional, executive office focus complements the new structure of Caterpillar’s customer and dealer-facing divisions.

Mining Division Changes  

As previously announced, Chris Curfman, vice president with responsibility for Caterpillar’s Mining Sales & Support Division is retiring, effective December 31, 2015. His division will be integrated into the existing Global Mining machine business divisions. Bringing product, operations, sales and marketing organizations together in both the surface and underground mining applications aligns well with our customers and will also enable a more effective cost structure in a challenging mining environment.

The surface mining sales and support teams will join the Hauling & Extraction Division, which will be renamed the Surface Mining & Technology Division, led by Caterpillar Vice President Tom Bluth.

The underground mining sales and support teams will join the Material Handling and Underground Division, led by Caterpillar Vice President Denise Johnson.

Customer and Dealer-Facing Organizational Changes   

The company is reorganizing divisions across the company into a new structure that will improve efficiency and reduce complexity. This new organizational structure will enable the company to more quickly deliver on its previously announced Across the Table goals.

“Our team will be more responsive, agile and better positioned to work with our dealers as we serve our customers,” Charter said.

  • Distribution Services Divisions – the primary interface with our dealers, these divisions will remain but be reduced to two from three. The two groups will maintain sole responsibility for dealer development and performance, succession and continuity, along with portfolio management, operational excellence and Across the Table strategy execution.
    • Asia Pacific, CIS, Africa & Middle East Distribution Division, Vice President Raymond Chan – covers dealers in Asia-Pacific, CIS, Africa and the Middle East.
    • Americas & Europe Distribution Division, Vice President Phil Kelliher – covers dealers in North and South America and Europe.
  • Global Aftermarket Solutions Division, Vice President Nigel Lewis – new organization created to accelerate the growth of aftermarket sales and service solutions. This organization combines the aftermarket sales and marketing resources, with a focus on improving and growing aftermarket sales and service for Resource Industries, Construction Industries and Energy & Transportation, including Cat Work Tools and Cat Reman products.
  • Wear Components & Aftermarket Distribution Division, Vice President Doug Hoerr – new division that merges the design and manufacturing of components and aftermarket distribution into one division to enhance the company’s focus on components availability and inventory improvements. This organization will be closely aligned with the Global Aftermarket Solutions Division to ensure product offerings meet or exceed customer and dealer expectations.
  • Marketing and Digital Division, Vice President George Taylor – newly created division that builds on the current Analytics & Innovation Division. Taylor, who has also been named Caterpillar’s Chief Marketing Officer, and his team will establish a go-to-market strategy for the integration of data analytics, providing state-of the-art solutions and support for customers and dealers. In addition to the digital transformation of the dealer and customer experience, the division’s functions include global brand management, marketing, rental services and retail sales development.
  • Sustainable, Work Tools & Industry Solutions Division, Vice President Greg Folley – new division that brings together the sustainable businesses of Cat Reman and Caterpillar Safety Services with the company’s machine attachment business – Cat Work Tools (design and manufacture). The new division also includes two external sales groups, Cat OEM Solutions and Defense and Federal Products.

Construction Industries Update

In addition to these changes, the Global Construction & Infrastructure Division, led by Vice President Paolo Fellin, has added responsibilities. As part of the company’s move to improve its dealer and customer coverage model, the division will also assume sales responsibilities for work tools, industrial and waste, paving and forestry products, as well as responsibility for heavy rentals.

The above moves will be effective November 1, 2015.

 About Caterpillar
For 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2014 sales and revenues of $55.184 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

CAT Seventh Installment of the Built For It Trials Series

UnknownIn the, Seventh Installment of the Built For It Trials Series, actor and Europe’s reigning Strongest Man, Hafthor “Thor” Bjornsson plays an epic game of tug of war against a Cat D10T Track Type Tractor. The video is set in Iceland, with brutal weather conditions and limited daylight. Will Thor, who stands 6-feet-9-inches tall and weighs 400 pounds be able to defeat the 77-ton machine? Not without the help of 250 fellow Icelanders!

“TUG OF WAR” PITS A LEGENDARY MAN VERSUS A LEGENDARY MACHINE
You’ve seen Cat® machines move mountains. Now, in the latest short film in the Built For It™ Trials, you’re going to see a mountain of a man move a Cat machine.

Shot outside of Reykjavik, Iceland, in brutal weather conditions with limited daylight, the video pits strongman and actor Hafthor “Thor” Bjornsson—whom you may recognize from a popular TV series—against a Cat D10T Dozer in an epic tug of war.

A native of Iceland who won Europe’s 2015 Strongest Man competition, Thor stands 6-feet-9-inches tall, weighs nearly 400 pounds and holds several Guinness World Records for strength. Still, it’s a struggle for him to compete against the 77-ton D10T—until about 250 of his fellow Icelanders and one very determined young girl join him on the rope.

In addition to highlighting Iceland’s strongman culture, which dates back to the time of the Vikings, “Tug of War” showcases Caterpillar’s roots—featuring a machine descended from the track-type tractors that gave the company its name 90 years ago. And it proves we’re serious when we say our products are designed to take on anything, anywhere, anytime.

Watch the video to see the sense of joy and accomplishment Thor and his countrymen and women get from winning the battle against one of the world’s most iconic machines. It’s a reminder that Cat dealers and Cat products always do what it takes to help our customers achieve their own victories.

To watch the video, please click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS9D1VqBcmI

Additional resources on “Tug of War” are available on cat.com or by clicking on these links:

Behind-the-Scenes video
About “Tug of War”
Behind-the-Scenes story

Caterpillar Calling for A Long Term Highway Bill

Doug Oberhelman

Doug Oberhelman

Doug Oberhelman, chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc, wrote an opinion piece for CNBC today calling for Congress to solve America’s congestion problems and invest in our infrastructure with a long-term highway bill.

Oberhelman cited a report issued by the Business Roundtable (BRT) that showed a strong U.S. public commitment to invest in world-class physical infrastructure in the mid-20th century. “That helped propel the United States to become the world’s strongest economy. Since then, investment has tapered off or flat lined, while demand for high-performing, high capacity systems has grown,” he wrote. “Infrastructure is a key component of any competitiveness measure, and by any measure the United States is falling far behind.”

Read the opinion piece on CNBC.

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