Drive Down Costs by Identifying and Eliminating Waste

Every day, it seems like something’s eating into your profits. Perhaps excess idle time is driving up fuel burn. Maybe operators are taking too long to hit performance targets, which increases labor costs, creates rework and keeps you from moving on to the next job fast.

How do you find, and then fix, those areas where expenses are out of control? Cat® Connect Technology and Services are up to the challenge. Cat Connect is an intelligent suite of cost-cutting hardware, software and services that can help you boost profits.

All the Work, Half the Time

Adding Cat Grade technology to its fleet is paying off big time for Eagle Excavation. Using a GPS-equipped Cat dozer recently shaved two weeks off the duration of a 95,000-cubic-yard earthmoving project. Another bonus? Cost savings in the range of $12,000 to $15,000.

“GPS keeps people on tractors all day long,” says President Bill Dillan. “There’s no one running around trying to put stakes in the ground. There’s nobody getting off to check grade.”

That includes operators like Corey Mikell, who can now get to grade in just two passes. “Production efficiency is way higher because you get the job done in half the time,” he says.

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75 percent Fewer Passes, 75 percent Fewer Testing Cost

Ask the team at McAninch Corp. why they use Cat Compact and you get a simple answer: “It’s a game-changer: better measurements and better roads at a lower cost,” says Don Taylor, project manager at the Iowa highway, utility and heavy construction firm.


The system tracks rolling resistance in real time and delivers results in the cab, making it easy for operators to assess work in progress. A green image means compaction targets have been met; red indicates there’s more work to be done.

Using Cat Compact to help prepare a site for a new on-off ramp structure, McAninch reached target density in 75 percent fewer passes—reducing fuel costs and compactor wear and tear. The company also cut compaction testing costs on the project by 75 percent and eliminated costly rework by identifying problems while the base was still open.

Efficiencies Mean Savings—Potentially $300,000 Worth

Pulling all its machines into one fleet management platform is driving big efficiency gains for EBC, a Canadian construction firm—gains leading to increases in productivity, reductions in idle time and a potential $300,000 savings on one off-highway utilization project alone.

Cat Link connects EBC to its dealer, Hewitt, with accurate, timely, useful information about equipment location, utilization and condition. EBC then uses VisionLink to access customized health and utilization reports, mapping and mixed fleet capabilities.

“We provide the data to the jobsite, so now people on the jobsite can focus on their work,” says EBC’s Philippe Naud. “For us, it’s much easier to do our work.”


Cat® Link


Start using every asset more efficiently, and identify and eliminate the wasted time and materials that cost you money.


Cat Compact


Achieve higher quality compaction results in fewer passes, reducing fuel use, labor hours and component wear.


Cat Grade


Get to grade and on to the next job faster, minimizing the costs associated with rework, material overruns and grade stakes.


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