Caterpillar Inc. is one of the world's largest manufacturers of construction and mining equipment, as well as off-highway diesels. Caterpillar machinery and other company-branded products are easily recognizable by their trademark Caterpillar Yellow paint and CAT logo. Caterpillar's long list of machines range from tractors to locomotives, including machinery like backhoe loaders, motor graders, off-highway trucks, wheel loaders, and hydraulic excavators in-between.
After years of competing against each other, the Holt Caterpillar Co. and C.L. Best Tractor Co. combined in 1925 to form Caterpillar Inc. Caterpillar’s origin story technically started the day the wheels came off in 1904. That’s when Benjamin Holt invented the first commercially successful track-type tractor to help farmers deal with soft soil and how it eventually led to their name. During a field test the company photographer exclaimed that the machine crawled like a big caterpillar. Today, Caterpillar machinery is used in all types of industries including construction, roadbuilding, mining, forestry, energy, transportation, and material-handling.
Caterpillar is also a leading manufacturer of diesel engines. In addition to their use in the company's own vehicles, they are used in locomotives, semi-trucks, and marine vessels. The Caterpillar 3406E, an inline 6-cylinder 14.6L, began production in 1993 and has earned a reputation for being a very reliable diesel engine throughout the years. Following the production of the 3406E, Caterpillar released the 15.2L L6 C15 in 1999.
The first Caterpillar electronic diesel engine was released in 1997 with the introduction of the inline 6-cylinder 7.2L, Caterpillar 3126. This engine was primarily designed for light trucks and buses. In 2003 Caterpillar started selling a new version of this engine called the C7. It had the same overall design as the 3126, but with improved fuel injectors and electronics which included its new Advanced Combustion Emissions Reduction Technology (ACERT) system. In 2007, as ultra-low-sulfur diesel became required in North America, Caterpillar updated the C7 to use common rail fuel injectors and improved ACERT electronics.
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