Infrastructure and energy development will always place a high demand on the earth's natural resources. To balance this global reality, while reducing its environmental impact, Caterpillar uses unique technologies to make mining more sustainable and remanufactures more than any company in the world, conserving natural resources and energy.
Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals or other
geological materials from the earth, usually from an ore body, vein or (coal)
seam. Materials recovered by mining include base metals, precious metals, iron,
uranium, coal, diamonds, limestone, oil shale, rock salt and potash. Any
material that cannot be grown through agricultural processes, or created
artificially in a laboratory or factory, is usually mined. Mining in a wider
sense comprises extraction of any non-renewable resource.
Remanufacturing is the process of disassembly and recovery at the module level and, eventually, at the component level. It requires the repair or replacement of worn out or obsolete components and modules. Parts subject to degradation affecting the performance or the expected life of the whole are replaced.
Remanufacturing differs from other recovery processes in its completeness: a remanufactured machine should match the same customer expectation as new machines.
Remanufacturing is the process of returning a product at the end of its life to same as "new" condition in a manufacturing environment. It operates as a one-for-one exchange, in which end-of-life products are returned for a remanufactured product - reducing waste and minimizing the need for raw materials to produce a brand-new item. With a sustainable business model and a high-quality, lower cost product support option, Cat Reman is good for business, good for customers and good for the environment. Source: