Caterpillar acquires ultrasonic impact technology capabilities


HOUSTON -- Through its recent acquisition of Applied Ultrasonics, Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, now offers ultrasonic impact technology (UIT).

UIT helps industries strengthen investments in heavy equipment, asset management and infrastructure. The Ultrasonic Peening device uses ultrasonic energy coupled with mechanical impacts to make metal structures and components last longer, extending asset life and increasing reliability.

For the oil & gas industry, UIT presents a way to increase uptime and improve asset owners’ maintenance budget by extending asset life. In one example, UIT proved integral in the 15-year extension of a deepwater drilling rig that was at the end of its certified life. 

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