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Partnering at the site

Every day, miners around the world are tackling tough challenges — like boosting operational efficiency and effectiveness, extending equipment life, increasing productivity, improving safety and lowering costs. These videos featured at MINExpo 2016 showcase Caterpillar customers and Cat dealers who are working side by side, on site, every day — combining their expertise with machines, technologies and solutions that address these challenges. We thank them for sharing their stories.

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Redefining possible: Overcoming obstacles at Detour Lake mine

Detour Gold’s plan to turn an abandoned underground mine into a new surface operation was met with a number of obstacles, including difficult geological conditions and low-grade ore.

Remote Operations

Remote operations: Delivering high performance at high altitude

High in the peaks of Peru’s Andes Mountains, a large fleet of Cat equipment is part of an effort to successfully access one of the worlds’ largest sources of copper.

Mine Optimization

Mine optimization: Harnessing technology at La Herradura mine

The implementation of Cat MineStar is delivering high equipment productivity and better operator practices at the Minera Penmont / Fresnillo La Herradura gold mine in Sonora, Mexico.

Shared Committment

Shared commitment: Working together toward a common goal

New Hope Group’s Acland coal mine in Queensland, Australia, is a major employer and economic contributor to the region. The mine relies heavily on local suppliers like Cat dealer Hastings Deering to help the mine remain sustainable for the thousands of people who depend on its success.

Certified Rebuilds

Certified rebuilds: Delivering multiple lives to Cat equipment

In Sweden’s major mineral region, north of the Arctic Circle, two very different mines face a similar challenge: equipment nearing the end of its lifecycle. At Boliden’s Aitik surface copper mine, a fleet of Cat 793D trucks had reached their maximum hours of machine operation at a time when high availability was crucial.

Building Mine

Building a mine: From planning and power to machines and support

When Stornoway’s Renard diamond mine began its production ramp-up in July 2016, it was ahead of schedule and under budget.


Caterpillar investment in underground mining

Cat product leaders speak to attendees at MINExpo about Caterpillar’s commitment to the underground mining industry. Caterpillar is making investments in products and technologies, as well as in manufacturing facilities around the world.

High Availability

High availability: An uptime guarantee for Black Thunder mine

To maintain the high level of production Arch Coal demands from its Black Thunder coal mine, the mine relies heavily on its fleet of Cat trucks.

Expanding Services

Expanding services: Growing to better meet customer needs

When Cat dealer Gecolsa was looking for ways to better serve its mining customers in Colombia, they created a separate dealership dedicated specifically to these operations. RELIANZ Mining Solutions—which took its name from the words reliability and reliance—supports these remote mines in a number of ways.

Finding Ways

Finding a way: Working together to get the right equipment underground

The U.S. Gypsum mine in Sperry, Iowa, is more than 620 feet underground and accessible only via shaft, which makes getting equipment in the mine a difficult challenge. When it was time for a new loader, U.S. Gypsum turned to local Cat dealer Altorfer, a long-time partner of its surface operation.

Lower Costs

Lowering costs: Finding opportunities through continuous improvement

The Mogalakwena open-pit platinum mine in South Africa is a challenging operation. Extremely difficult digging conditions were taking their toll on the fleet of Cat 6060 and 6090 hydraulic shovels, until a partnership with Cat dealer Barloworld began to turn things around.

Growing Partnerships

A growing partnership: Making a commitment to continuous improvement

The Kumtor gold mine, located in the Kyrgyz Republic. Owned by Canadian company Centerra Gold Inc., the mine is operated by Kumtor Gold Company — a local business with a commitment to employing local citizens and working with local suppliers. That commitment includes Cat dealer Borusan Makina Kazakhstan, which supports the mine’s fleet of Cat loading, hauling and support equipment.

Fleet Management

Fleet management: Using data to successfully manage ultra-class trucks

Anglo-American’s Dawson Mine lies in the rich coal country of Central Queensland, Australia. To improve the site’s fleet uptime, Cat dealer Hastings-Deering employed a Condition Monitoring program that has been enabled by Cat Equipment Care Advisor — a web-based tool that combines equipment and application data with real-time analytics, plus the combined expertise of the global dealer network.

Extending Components

Extending component life through contamination control

Eldorado Gold’s Tüprag mine in Turkey is a benchmark gold mine, working to achieve the highest standards in both operations and maintenance. For example, the site has achieved Caterpillar’s 5-Star Contamination Control Certification for its practices both inside and outside the maintenance workshop.

Reduce Costs

Working together to reduce costs in challenging economy

Like many mining companies today, PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara is facing tough economic challenges. At its Batu Hijau gold mine in Indonesia, the goal is to move more with less costs.

Diamond Mine

Financing Quebec’s first diamond mine

When Stornoway’s Renard diamond mine began production in July 2016, it made history — not only as the first diamond mine in Quebec, Canada, but also because of the unique way the project was financed.

Full Benefits

Working together to get the full benefits of technology

With a focus on continuous improvement, combined with the support of Caterpillar and Cat® dealer WesTrac, Tropicana Gold mine in Western Australia is fully leveraging its Cat MineStar technologies to eliminate waste, increase efficiencies and make significant improvements in all areas of the operation.

Control Costs

Controlling costs through improved efficiency

In order to maintain profitability, Cerrejon looks for ways to control its operating costs and keep productivity high. This effort led the mine to participate in a trial of a new Cat® electric drive truck model, the 794 AC.

Experts Keep

Sharing knowledge: Expertise keeps draglines in action

Supporting the largest and most efficient machines in the mining industry takes a unique skillset. And Cat dealers around the world are committed to growing their dragline expertise and making investments in tooling, processes and resources to support these critical pieces of equipment.

Sharing Knowledge

Sharing knowledge and training technicians at Antapaccay mine

Cat® dealer technicians help deliver critical machine uptime by providing expert maintenance and repair services. They also provide technical assistance and training for sites that choose to do their own maintenance — like Antapaccay mine in Peru.

Focus Expertise

Focusing expertise on underground coal

Caterpillar and Cat dealers are committed to supporting longwall mining customers by combining equipment and automation expertise with unparalleled support.

Full Benefits

Providing support for the complete equipment lifecycle

When Byrnecut Group brought a fleet of Cat® underground trucks and loaders into its operations at DeGrussa Copper-Gold mine in Western Australia, those machines came with the full support of Cat dealer Westrac.

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