By Adrienne BrownDecember 14, 2007
TACOM Life Cycle Management Command has approved the launch of a Red River Army Depot and Caterpillar pilot program to rebuild engines.
The program includes the upgrade and restoration of 15 each 3116 and 3126 model Caterpillar engines, which are used in the family of medium tactical vehicle trucks.
The process includes a pre-shop analysis to determine the initial condition of the engines, disassembly, engine rebuild and dynamometer testing. Every engine will be rebuilt to zero hours and backed by a two-year Caterpillar warranty.
Caterpillar will provide genuine Caterpillar parts and deliver directly to the engine production lines. Mechanics will also have access to Caterpillar technical data and on and off-site assistance will be provided. RRAD will provide facilities, Caterpillar-trained mechanics and equipment to be used in the process.
The project was recently showcased at the DoD Maintenance Symposium, receiving interest from both industry and government counterparts.
The objective of this pilot program is to provide necessary data for the TACOM LCMC, Caterpillar and RRAD Six Sigma team to develop a business case analysis.
For more than 80 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been driving positive and sustainable change in their manufacturing process and dealer repair facilities, which are located all over the world.
This project will allow the Soldier in the field to utilize Caterpillar dealers around the world as forward repair sites with the intent to streamline turn-around time and save in shipping and return costs.
Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines. The partnership between RRAD and Caterpillar will provide the Soldier a better product and service at a competitive price.