Streamlined Design Improves Durability
Blue Diamond Steel Casting (Pigeon, Michigan) helped a customer significantly reduce inventory and assembly with a conversion for a Bobcat R series loader. The lift arm assembly, which comes in right- and left-hand pairs, was reduced from a 22-piece fabrication to two parts. Plus, the weld inches were reduced from 810 to 191. The cast version is 20% stronger with better durability and reinforcement, and the need for form die bends/air bends was eliminated from eight to zero. The overall aesthetic appearance of the Bobcat machine was improved tremendously with streamlined casting shapes on both sides.