• 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

Mar 31, 2019

Transforming the Factory Floor

The practical innovation going into Project Minotaur is also reflected in the design and development of the assembly line that will build it.

Factory Floor

“Working within the available space and production goals for the machine, we’re scaling things to squeeze more content into fewer stations,” explained Clay Reinecke, Advanced Manufacturing Engineer.

“We’re being very purposeful in planning, from organization and logistics, to reducing the types of hardware required at each station, along with the number of parts.”

CASE is relying on its deep institutional and personnel expertise to innovate its newest assembly line. [Note: You can read about some of those efforts in the next blog post]

Another innovation is to keep the assembly process untethered to set locations known as monuments.

“Too many times production processes are dictated by tooling literally welded or bolted in places that then restrict activities done before or after them,” Clay said. “Our goal is to keep monuments offline, so we can go open or reset any area, if and when necessary.”

CASE’s embrace of World Class Manufacturing principles (“WCM”) also informs its plans.

“We have set tools from WCM that help us organize carts, assembly aids, and flow in the area,” said Katherine Aude, Launch Manager. “We’re focused on reliability and quality at every step of the manufacturing process, which delivers performance and safety to our customers.”

“It also makes us good stewards of the environment,” she added.