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Drilling: how to minimize variability

Cat drill helps coal mine be more productive and efficient

A Cat® MD6420B Rotary Drill at work in the Bowen Basin of Queensland, Australia, is exceeding miners’ expectations and contributing to a better bottom line. 

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Rebuilding components to maximize machine value

Cat® dealers from around the world invest in Component Rebuild Centers, where old, worn out components are rebuilt to meet Cat standards for durability and reliability.

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Distant thunder: Ground Force machines at Black Thunder mine

To help support productivity at its Black Thunder mine in Wyoming, Arch Coal worked with Caterpillar OEM Solutions, Ground Force and local Cat dealer Wyoming Machinery to design and support a fleet of fuel & lube and cable reel trucks that are based on Cat bare chassis machines.

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Cat Health

Cat Health

Cat Health can help you track your machines' condition and make recommendations for maintenance and repair — helping you reduce downtime, increase availability, and reduce your maintenance and repair costs.

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Cat Command for Underground

Cat Command for Underground

Cat Command for underground can help solve some of the biggest problems underground mines face today — challenges like shift change delay, operator safety, drive wall impacts and more. Operators can control load/haul/dump vehicles from a comfortable remote station, and even automate tramming to further reduce the risk of drive wall impacts.

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Cat Command for Dozing

Cat Command for dozing can help you increase the safety and productivity of your dozers by removing operator's from the machine entirely. Command for dozing is a scalable solution that ranges from simple line-of-sight remote operation to semi-autonomous operation of multiple dozers at once.

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Cat Fleet

Cat Fleet

Cat Fleet helps you interpret the massive amount of data your machines are sending every day and turn it into actionable information. From scheduling optimization and machine locations to performance data and even projected "what-if" scenarios, Fleet can help you make the best possible decisions to get the most out of your mine.

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Cat Command

Cat Command

Cat Command is a suite of technologies ranging from remote operation to full machine autonomy, which can help your machines work safely and more productively both above and below ground.

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Cat Detect

Cat Detect

Cat Detect is a suite of technologies that can help overcome the safety challenges presented by low visibility, crowded areas on-site and even operator fatigue and distraction. Using a combination of technologies — from cameras and radar to satellite guidance — training and consulting, Caterpillar can help you increase operator awareness and make your site safer.

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Cat Command for Drilling

Cat Command for Drilling

Building on the precision and productivity of Terrain for drilling, Cat Command for drilling can help your drills operate safely and productively — even when there's no operator on board.

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Cat Terrain

Cat Terrain

Cat Terrain uses high-precision guidance technologies, material tracking and more to help your machines work according to plan — increasing efficiency, reducing variability and helping you get the most out of your mine site.

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Cat Command for Hauling

Cat Command for Hauling

Cat Command for hauling is an autonomous haulage solution that can increase your safety, efficiency, productivity and more. Trucks can travel to the loading and dump points, fueling stations, haul roads and more — all without the need for an operator to step on board.

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Using technology to understand and address the risk of operator fatigue

Using technology to understand and address the risk of operator fatigue

At its phosphate mine in North Carolina, USA, PotashCorp is leveraging technology to manage the risk of operator fatigue.

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Using technology to increase efficiency & achieve production targets

Using technology to increase efficiency & achieve production targets

In an effort to improve the efficiency and consistency of its operations, mining company Fresnillo partnered with Cat dealer Matco to integrate Cat MineStar technologies into its La Herradura mine in Mexico.

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Increasing efficiency, consistency and safety through autonomous dozing

Arch Coal is improving the consistency of its dozing operations at Black Thunder mine in the western United States with the implementation of Cat® MineStar™ Command for dozing.

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Using information to improve efficiency and drive down costs

Using information to improve efficiency and drive down costs

Tropicana Gold mine in Western Australia takes an innovative approach to mining, leveraging technology to drive down costs.

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Improving productivity through autonomous mining

Improving productivity through autonomous mining

Underground mining contractor Byrnecut uses Cat® Command for underground semi-autonomous LHD technology to drive down costs and boost productivity at Sandfire Resources’ DeGrussa Copper-Gold mine. The technology is supported by Cat dealer WesTrac.

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Improving operator safety and productivity through technology

Improving operator safety and productivity through technology

Cat MineStar Terrain, a machine guidance and management technology, is helping dozer operators at Cloud Peak Energy’s Cordero Rojo mine work more efficiently and safely.

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Leveraging machine guidance and management technology to improve productivity

Leveraging machine guidance and management technology to improve productivity

Cloud Peak Energy is improving productivity and safety at its Cordero Rojo mine in the western United States through the implementation of Cat® MineStar™ Terrain. 

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Reducing fuel costs without sacrificing production

Reducing fuel costs without sacrificing production

Caterpillar and Cat dealer Barloworld Equipment worked together to help an iron ore mine in South Africa reduce fuel costs without sacrificing productivity.

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Underground: How to improve production and operator safety

Underground: How to improve production and operator safety

In this video, we’ll discuss the best way to protect underground workers: Removing them from the environment altogether. Using technologies like Cat MineStar™ Command for underground, miners can perform loading and dumping activities while located safely away in a remote operating station.

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Productivity: How to minimize shift change interruptions

Productivity: How to minimize shift change interruptions

The time that mine sites spend on shift change can have a significant impact on their overall productivity. Fortunately, it’s an area that offers opportunities for improvement through the implementation of best practices and the use of technologies like Cat MineStar™ Fleet, Terrain and Command.

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Safety: How to reduce operator fatigue & distraction

Safety: How to reduce operator fatigue & distraction

For decades, mining companies have recognized that operator fatigue and distraction are having an impact on their operations. But many don’t know the magnitude of that impact — the risks it imposes and the overall cost to the bottom line. By combining the latest technologies with people and processes, mines are finally getting the full picture of fatigue and distraction.

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Drilling: How to minimize variability

Drilling: How to minimize variability

Mining is made up of a number of processes, and one of the first is drilling. It’s important to consider the impact that optimal drilling and blasting has on downstream mining activities like loading, hauling, crushing and milling. Inconsistent drill patterns, hole depth and hole angle can have a significant effect on the rest of the mining cycle.

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Maintenance: How to minimize unscheduled repairs

Maintenance: How to minimize unscheduled repairs

One of the primary goals of a successful maintenance organization is to schedule as many of its maintenance and repair activities as possible. By using the health data that comes from machines, mines can adopt a more proactive approach to maintenance and repair.

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Safety: How to improve operator visibility

Safety: How to improve operator visibility

When you’re operating some of the largest machines in the world — in active, complex mining environments — you need to be aware of everything around you. That’s why improving visibility is high on the list of safety initiatives for mining companies. Using a combination of site design and technology, mining companies are taking advantage of every option for increased visibility for machine operators and others on site.

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Fuel: How to maximize material moved per liter

Fuel: How to maximize material moved per liter

Fuel is one of the greatest ongoing costs on a mine — and one of the best opportunities to affect real savings through technology and best practice implementation. This video examines two ways you can lower your fuel costs: by reducing the fuel you burn and by increasing the tons you move per liter.

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Remote operations: Delivering high performance at high altitude

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.

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Redefining possible: Overcoming obstacles at Detour Lake mine

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.

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Harnessing technology at La Herradura mine

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.

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Shared commitment: Working together toward a common goal

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.

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Certified rebuilds: Delivering multiple lives to Cat equipment

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.

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

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.

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Caterpillar investment in underground mining

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.

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High availability: An uptime guarantee for Black Thunder mine

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.

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

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.

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Lowering costs: Finding opportunities through continuous improvement

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.

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A growing partnership: Making a commitment to continuous improvement

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.

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

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.

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Expanding services: Growing to better meet customer needs

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.

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Working together to reduce costs in challenging economy

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.

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Financing Quebec’s first 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.

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Working together to get the full benefits of technology

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. 

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Controlling costs through improved efficiency

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.

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Sharing knowledge: Expertise keeps draglines in action

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.

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Sharing knowledge and training technicians at Antapaccay mine

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.

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Focusing expertise on underground coal

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.

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Providing support for the complete equipment lifecycle

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. From training operators to managing warranties to providing on-site support, Westrac has been instrumental in the success of these machines and the mining operation overall.

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Extending component life through contamination control

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.

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Addressing the Risks of Fatigue

In this webinar, Caterpillar Global Mining subject matter expert Craig Watkins explores the risks associated with operator fatigue and distraction, and shares some tips and tools — including the latest technologies — for addressing this important topic.

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Caterpillar's mining automation journey

Caterpillar’s Mining Automation Journey

Fortescue Metals Group took innovation to the extreme with an autonomous hauling solution developed in partnership with Caterpillar.

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Cat off-highway trucks 50th anniversary video

For 50 years, Caterpillar has been building machines that haul ore in mines all over the world. And in all that time, Caterpillar engineers have never stopped working on new designs and technologies to help make customers’ mines safer, more productive and more profitable. Take a look back at 50 years of Cat Mining Trucks as we prepare for another 50 years of innovation and dedication to customers.

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