Mining Truck Assembly

Mining truck

Learn how Caterpillar used Airfloat Turntables to remove assembly line bottlenecks.


Caterpillar wanted to increase productivity at its Decatur, Illinois 797 Mining Truck assembly line, which relied on a single-rail assembly line. The assembly line routinely produced production bottlenecks, as the trucks were hard to move off the rail.

However, the system had successful elements that Caterpillar wanted to retain. Due to the nature of the assembly line, all equipment had to be flush to the ground to interface with existing rail lines.

The Solution

Align Production Systems transformed the Decatur mining truck line by integrating several 32-foot Air Caster Turntables  with rails into the line.

The Result

Align Production Systems’ multi-rail assembly line led to substantial productivity increases. By being able to move the 797 Mining Truck around bottlenecks using the Air Caster Turntables, Caterpillar was able to work around trucks that required more time than allotted for, increasing output.

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