Safer Fixtures for a Safer Facility

Safer Fixtures for a Safer Facility

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 8:35am

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A new process has reduced assembly time and improved safety in Caterpillar's facility in Elkader, Iowa. A project team created a safer and faster positioning process for the production and welding of large u-blade and bracket assemblies. The team decided to place the assemblies in a positioner that would hold them for the welds. An unused turn fixture was recruited, and a saddle was created for the u-blade to sit in when placed in the fixture. A second turn fixture was adapted to hold the bracket assembly. This significantly decreased the need for overhead cranes and improved employee ergonomics.

To read more examples of safety improvements in our facilities visit Caterpillar's 2012 Sustainability Report