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Case Study

The Problem


An International Specialist Underground Mining Contractor reported experiencing premature failure of their Caterpillar R2900 Loader Bucket Stops – Part 233-0734.  They were lasting 48 hours (4 shifts) at best. At worst lasting just 12 hours (1 shift) in an underground copper mine environment.

Caterpillar R2900 Loader Bucket Stops

The Solution


Geographe reverse engineered an OEM Bucket Stop. Which allowed them to  understand the product materials and build structure.   A  longer lasting product with superior impact and abrasion properties was created. Which in field trials demonstrated more than 10 times the lifespan of the equivalent OEM part.  The Geographe Bucket Stops (Part 11539297) lasted well over 420 hours and offered our client a cost per unit price saving. As well as significantly lowering the R2900 fleet total cost of ownership through increased machine uptime.


Improvement factors

longer up-time capable in general use

greater productivity

over 10 X lifespan vs OEM item

lower total cost of ownership through reduced parts and labour costs

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