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Seeing big iron in action

Caterpillar demonstrates equipment and technology as part of MINExpo program

For those looking to see big iron in 2016, the place to be was MINExpo International in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. For those looking to see that big iron in action, the place to be was Caterpillar’s Tinaja Hills Demonstration & Learning Center.

Tinaja Hills sits on 2630 hectares (6,500 acres) nestled in the Sonoran Desert in Green Valley, Arizona, near Tucson. Dedicated to the training needs of Caterpillar customers and Cat dealers serving every industry, Tinaja Hills is staffed with product demonstrators/instructors along with an experienced and professional service and support staff.

In addition to classroom facilities and a comprehensive training shop, Tinaja Hills is the ideal location to see Cat® equipment in action. The complex has several demonstration areas that feature a variety of material types and terrains, which allows Caterpillar to accurately duplicate work sites in realistic applications.

loading demo at Tinaja Hills

Demonstrating technology — and more

As part of its MINExpo 2016 program, Caterpillar hosted customers in Arizona before and after the Las Vegas program. The MINExpo Tinaja Hills program featured two demonstrations, including the debut of a program that is 20 years in the making: a permanent demonstration area dedicated to mining technology.

Machines in the technology demo ran the full Cat® MineStar™ suite of capabilities, including Command for hauling, a fully autonomous hauling solution. This demonstration included autonomous 793 trucks being loaded by a Cat 6060 Hydraulic Shovel equipped with Terrain for loading, which enables management of loading operations through the use of advanced guidance technology.

A MineStar office trailer, complete with Command for underground and Command for dozing operator stations, was set up near the pit for visitors in small groups to watch the technologies in action. Video monitors in the grandstand displayed scenes from the operator cabs and the office environment. This demonstration included a D11 Dozer being operated from a Remote Operator Station and an R1700G Underground Loader navigating a demonstration track.

This 45-minute demonstration was narrated by key mining technology Subject Matter Experts who have real mine-site experience with the technologies. After the program, visitors had the chance to meet with the SMEs for a question and answer session.

machine demo and walkarounds

This MineStar demonstration was followed by a traditional equipment demonstration featuring some of Caterpillar’s latest surface mining products, including a 7495 Electric Rope Shovel, a 6290 Rotary Drill and the entire line-up of Cat Mining Trucks, from the 772G to the 797F and including the new 794 AC, which made its MINExpo debut in Las Vegas. The demonstration also featured four Cat Hydraulic Shovels: the 6015B, 6020B, 6040 and 6060FS. Other equipment included three motor graders: the 16M, 18M and 24M; 950K-994K Wheel Loaders; an 854K Wheel Dozer with an optional ripper attachment; a lineup of Cat Dozers, from the D5K2 to the D11T; several wheel tractor-scrapers; and numerous other products that support mining. The demonstrations were followed by machine walkarounds.

Visit Cat Mining to learn more.

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