• VIDEO: Episode 11: The Journey BackWichita preps Project Minotaur as it leaves for its journey back to CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020.
  • VIDEO: Episode 10: LearningsFrom the first focus groups at CONEXPO 2017 to customer clinics and jobsites throughout North America, Project Minotaur has evolved through extensive voice of customer feedback and traditional field testing.746
  • VIDEO: Episode 9: The First BuildersCASE builds a new line for Project Minotaur and implements World Class Manufacturing (WCM) principles as the company looks to retain the specially crafted design of the machine while also optimizing worker engagement with the machine and the workspace. 727
  • 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.712
  • 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

The Origin Story

Making the Monster

In the Dirt

Jan 21, 2019

Leveraging Our Best, Then Making It Better

Project Minotaur is a new machine that will bring dozer and CTL functionality to worksites in a single unit, but it relies on mature, proven technology that will make it easier to manufacture, sell and, when necessary, service.

Sharing Parts

The CASE team looked, as it always does to ensure reliability and provide a common look and feel for customer interfaces, at the best features of its range of products – from skid steer loaders (SSLs), compact track loaders (CTLs) to dozers, and backhoes — and liberally borrowed lessons learned and best-in-class ideas from across its offering.

Sometimes, the innovation challenge meant finding new components, like a pump to drive the motor, or increased tubing size to yield better flow and performance, so the team researched components and, in most cases, worked with its existing, proven suppliers to find the best solutions.

“There’s an assigned manufacturing person capturing video of each prototype build on a daily basis, which is then shared with the team to create the best installation process,” said Murali Mani, who’s focused on Minotaur’s hydraulics system. “They’re looking for a ways to enhance the current assembly line setup with the help of Minotaur.”

“One place we should see the benefit of using proven technology and reliable components will be in the field,” added Tim Hinkle, Design Engineer, who works on engine dress systems (intake, exhaust, cooling). “There’ll be less to learn for dealers, and parts will be familiar to the service techs, so they can leverage their existing capabilities.”