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  • VIDEO: Episode 8: The First JobsChad Eaton of Grapes & Sons Excavating was one of the first operators at our customer clinic in Arizona earlier this year, and became one of the first contractors to put Project Minotaur to the test on real jobsites in the mountains of Colorado.
  • VIDEO: Episode 7: Just Add FeedbackJosh Zimmerman discusses his role in dialing in the performance of Project Minotaur, and the important role that feedback plays in how the controls of the machine are refined. 685
  • VIDEO: Episode 6: Customer Clinic DocumentaryContractors from around the country come to a customer clinic in Arizona to be the very first to operate Project Minotaur.661
  • VIDEO: Episode 5: Lift the CurtainProject Minotaur team members discuss the work and planning that goes into developing a customer clinic for a new piece of construction equipment, and what they have in store for the first wave of contractors to operate the machine. 642
  • VIDEO: Episode 4: Break ThingsDan Seacat discusses the hours of testing put on equipment at the Wichita proving grounds, and what operators and testers are looking for as Project Minotaur comes closer to reality. 615
  • VIDEO: Episode 3: Heat, Data, Dozers, LoadersAir-to-boil testing puts equipment through extreme environmental and workload conditions before a new machine is ever seen by contractors.592
  • VIDEO: Episode 2: ConnectionsEngineers at the CASE manufacturing plant in Wichita, Kansas, discuss the first seeds of the idea that grew into Minotaur, and the core principle behind the frame design and blade/attachment interface. 568
  • VIDEO: Episode 1: Spare PartsCASE unveiled Project Minotaur at CONEXPO 2017 — a new machine category that brought together the performance attributes of a compact track loader and a dozer to create the industry's first ever Compact Dozer Loader, the DL450. CASE has since evolved the concept and is taking it into the next stages of development. This series will follow along the development process — Episode One details the steps taken since initial tests and focus groups after CONEXPO, the pieces of the original design left behind, and hints at the directions it is taking moving forward.511
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It’s a Shakedown.

Project Minotaur units are going through high hour shakedowns before getting shipped off for customer testing.

During this shakedown period the machines are operated for a high number of hours. It’s more than just standard quality check run-throughs for software, hydraulics, engine performance, and operator comfort: since these build versions are in many ways handmade, the team is going through extra rounds of checks that include walk-arounds by technical specialists looking for the slightest indication of a problem or glitch (think pilots examining a plane before takeoff).

“We want to catch problems before they get to customers,” explained Brady Balensiefer, Product Validation Project Manager. “We don’t want a minor issue to distract from putting units through their performance paces.”

Since Project Minotaur is a practical innovation project at CASE, the units in shakedown include tweaks made as a result of the latest customer clinic. So not only do experts need to check for flaws but also confirm the modifications do exactly what they were supposed to do…without unanticipated tradeoffs. It’s critical for the team to stay actively engaged with customers for feedback during the entire development process.

Right now, one of the key deliverables is getting units to customers. But first comes a shakedown like no other.