For 50 years, Cat Reman has put Caterpillar’s “sustainability ethos” into action. By restoring used components to like-new condition, Cat Reman creates added value for customers and reduces waste. In 2022 alone, 140 million pounds of materials were returned.1 Follow one component through the process to see how it is transformed.
Each Cat® machine and component is a testament to product quality. We don’t just design them to perform, we build them to last. Since 1973, Cat Reman has been at the heart of our quality-focus, providing customers with options to purchase an expanding variety of remanufactured products.
Cat Reman isn’t the same as rebuilding, refurbishing, repairing, recycling or reconditioning. Instead, it’s a state-of-the-art, top-to-bottom process using the proprietary know-how of the original manufacturer. The result is a like-new component—and is created in a way that uses less new materials because we can use the existing core.
Let’s walk through a theoretical example based on real processes to better understand how Cat Reman creates value through multiple component lifecycles.
An engine block is born
Our component’s life began at Caterpillar’s engine facility in Seguin, Texas, where the team combines cutting-edge technology with good, old-fashioned teamwork. By the time an engine is fully completed, almost 100 people work together to assemble different components from the engine block to the head. Along the way, the brand new C9.3 ACERT™, an exceptionally powerful and reliable industrial diesel engine, receives a fresh coat of Caterpillar’s signature yellow paint before it finally arrives in Hot Test, where it’s powered on for the first time. During the assembly process, the team attaches a unique serial number to the engine, which service experts use to track its performance and health.