Caterpillar Launches Cat® 3500 Gasket Kits at the 2014 Workboat Show

Hamburg Germany – Caterpillar Marine is pleased to announce the launch of Cat® 3500 marine diesel engine gasket kits for engine overhauls.  Cat gaskets are a critical part within Cat diesel engines and are specifically engineered with specialized materials to reduce leaks and keep fluid within the engine. Recognizing varied customers’ needs for their particular application, the kits are arranged by serial number to provide customers with a simplified and expedited ordering process. The kits will be available to order from the global Cat dealer network by early 2015. In addition to the new Cat 3500 gasket kits, customers are also able to order new Cat and Reman parts to complete their overhauls.

“Gaskets perform a very significant function in the engine room, not only ensure the vessel’s engine room remains safe and operable but also preventing potential leaks and spills into the water,” David Holt, Caterpillar Marine parts manager stated. “Gaskets can be overlooked by our customers as an area to cut costs and potentially use aftermarket parts, which is a risky strategy given importance of that specific component.”

Gaskets can account for up to twenty percent of the cost of an engine overhaul and require multiple components to be correctly replaced. With the quantity of Cat 3500 engines operating in diverse applications around the globe, the components included in the Cat gasket kits are swiftly determined utilizing a specific software program and engine serial numbers at customers’ local Cat dealers. Not only does the computer-based ordering system help facilitate the ordering process, it also helps customers save costs, ensuring a proper repair is initiated without excessive or unnecessary parts.

For the first time, Cat marine customers will be able to specifically select individual components and utilize ESC (Extended Service Coverage) to protect against failures for specific 3500 series engine parts. The Commercial Component Coverage ESC program is designed to offer customers superior value and support with assurance against unexpected repair costs on covered component failures due to defects in factory materials or factory workmanship under normal use and service.  Coverage terms are available up to three years and 12,000 operating hours for certain components. Interested customers should contact their local Cat dealer for complete information and pricing. 

Cat marine power and propulsion solutions are backed by the worldwide Cat dealer network with trained technicians to ensure service support is never out of reach. Visit us at the International Workboat Show, December 3rd – 5th in New Orleans, Louisiana, booth #2802. For more information on Cat 3500 gasket kits, visit www.catmarinesupport.com.  For more information on Caterpillar Marine, visit www.marine.cat.com. For information on Cat Propulsion products, visit www.catpropulsion.com. Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/caterpillarmarine and Twitter @catmarineglobal during the show using #CatWBS.

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About Caterpillar Marine

Caterpillar Marine, with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, groups all the marketing and service activities for Cat and MaK™ marine diesel, dual fuel and gas power and propulsion systems within Caterpillar Inc. The organisation provides premier power solutions in the medium- and high-speed segments with outputs from 93 to 16,800 kW in main propulsion and 10 to 16,100  kWe in marine generator sets as well as a comprehensive portfolio of propulsion solutions. The sales and service network includes more than 2,100 dealer locations world-wide dedicated to support customers in ocean-going, commercial marine and pleasure craft wherever they are.

More information is available at: MARINE.CAT.COM/pr

About Caterpillar

For nearly 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2013 sales and revenues of $55.656 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments - Resource Industries, Construction Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

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