Caterpillar Work Tools BV based in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands is a company with a worldwide representation of the well-known earth moving & equipment manufacturer, and develops, manufactures and markets high-quality, innovative wheel-loader and excavator attachments on an international scale.
The company was founded in the Dutch town called Kerkdriel, near ‘s-Hertogenbosch, by the Verachtert family in 1953. It started as a local supplier of non-hydraulic dragline buckets. Later, the main focus of the company’s business shifted towards the production of new attachments. In 1979, the company opened new offices and a factory complex in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and in 1998, the company was taken over by Caterpillar Inc.
Caterpillar Work Tools BV provides the highest quality work tools and services that optimize machine performance and strengthen Caterpillar’s total solutions. They export mostly to official Caterpillar dealers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Caterpillar is leading manufacturer for multiple business areas: building and heavy construction, industrial, mining, forestry and demolition products.
“With our new Voortman V304 plate cutting machine we are now able to automate beveling which we used to do manually; this will save us more than 50% processing time. Also is this machine more efficient and faster than our previous plate cutting machine. So this also ensures a faster processing speed,” Harold van Tooren, project leader process optimization.
During the search Caterpillar visited the Voortman Experience Center for a demonstration of 3D beveling on the Voortman V304, during this demonstration they also found out that they needed the option “inkjet marking”. This makes Caterpillar save even more time in assembling and welding and to prevent errors in these processes.
“We are working with the V304 for six months now and we expect the ROI to be in line with our expectations”, Van Tooren continues. “This because of its high efficiency, automated beveling and inkjet marking. The V304 is an essential part of our production process so we cannot afford downtime. This is one of the reasons we chose Voortman.”