VMAC companions with Cat to energy 6-in-1 multifunction energy systemadmin
“The prevailing energy system was already fashionable with Finning mechanics who used it to service heavy tools for patrons. Nevertheless, Finning mechanics naturally are extra acquainted and comfy with Cat engines and like these over competing engines,” stated Mike Pettigrew, VMAC’s advertising supervisor. “That is what led to this new request.”
The 2 organizations had a protracted historical past of collaborating collectively. “Finning has been one among our most valued and trusted companions over the previous 20 years. Their wants have closely influenced our R&D priorities and product calls for,” Pettigrew stated.
“We get pleasure from working with Finning to develop progressive air compressor merchandise that meet their service mechanics’ evolving wants. Additionally, folks in our business observe what Caterpillar is doing. We all know that when Caterpillar or a Cat vendor is asking for one thing, others are prone to begin asking for it, too.”
Finning linked VMAC with Caterpillar’s engineering crew to jumpstart the exploratory course of. The Cat vendor additionally facilitated an software overview of the VMAC multifunction design to make sure that Cat engine working specs have been met.
After the overview was full, Caterpillar offered engine suggestions. In the end, the Cat C1.1 Industrial Engine was decided to be the most effective match. “The C1.1 was the optimum match and kind to fulfill our general product dimensional necessities,” stated Pettigrew, who emphasised that the engine’s ultra-compact dimension was vital to VMAC. The corporate appears to scale back dimension with all of its product designs whereas additionally nonetheless offering highly effective efficiency.
Noise discount was one other vital consideration. That is as a result of air compressors have a tendency to supply noise at excessive decibel (dB) ranges. In actual fact, the Finning crew had expressed curiosity in getting a quieter product from VMAC, and the C1.1 made that doable: it makes use of decrease engine speeds, which helps scale back noise higher than different small industrial engines.
“From 21 ft, our conventional multifunction energy system produces 81.2 dB at excessive idle and 76 dB at low idle,” Pettigrew defined. “Compared, the newer system with the Cat C1.1 engine produces 74.25 dB at excessive idle and 69.75 dB at low idle. Lowering noise by greater than six decibels helps shield employees’ listening to and creates safer jobsites.”
Pettigrew famous that his firm is pleased with the outcomes. “This was a optimistic expertise for VMAC. The Cat C1.1 engine permits us to supply a dependable, quiet and sturdy product – one with excessive efficiency, a compact package deal dimension and optimized gasoline effectivity.”