• 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

Apr 29, 2019

Proven Skills

The skills and training applied to the assembly line for Project Minotaur will combine CASE’s deep, proven expertise with some of the latest technology teaching and assist tools.

Factory Floor

“We used to have a military line, and a lot of those experienced operators still work here,” said Katherine Aude, Launch Manager. “We expect to move them over, so we’ll have the cream of the crop working on the line, and sharing their knowledge with others.”

“In fact, we’re already working with them as counsel on how to best break up the work and assign it to the right stations.

Operator training overall will incorporate use of visuals for sequencing parts, displayed on computer monitors and/or possibly a Google Glass-type device, according to Clay Reinecke, Advanced Manufacturing Engineer.

“Information will be introduced in an order that has been synchronized with the delivery of required parts, or with where they’re stored. Work stations will be simplified, so overall moving parts are kept to a minimum, and tasks will be allocated to hand-held tools instead of larger, bulky ones whenever possible, so they’re easier to move around,” he added.

WCM, or World Class Manufacturing, will also inform the skills and processes applied to the assembly line.

“It guides how we take a product idea and industrialize it,” said Katherine. “Applying principles of efficiency, reliability, and safety can have an astonishingly positive impact not only on how we make things, but on the quality and reliability of what we produce.”

A final aspect of the new line will be capturing information before and during operation, and sharing it across media.

“We want the line to continually improve,” said Clay. “An innovative idea for orienting a part in a certain way, or saving a step or gesture will be made available to the entire team.”