Caterpillar makes wear coatings services available to outsiders

By |  July 11, 2012

Caterpillar has been developing and applying wear coatings to extend the service life and performance of Cat machine components, both new and remanufacturered, for decades. Now, the same Cat custom services are being made available to other equipment manufacturers, as well as users of large industrial equipment. Shermco Industries will market the services, which include research and development, product development, turnkey coating and finish machining.

“The marketing agreement with Shermco leverages their understanding of industrial customers to identify the best opportunities for Caterpillar technical capabilities to solve problems, and in the end to reduce costs for the end user,” says Tony Zampogna Jr., commercial manager of Industrial Solutions Advanced Wear Coatings for Caterpillar.

The metal deposition wear coating processes performed by Caterpillar include laser cladding, twin-wire arc spray, high-velocity oxy-fuel thermal spray coatings, plasma transfer arc weld, cold spray and bore spray. Finish machining completes the process for each component.

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