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Autonomous drilling delivers benefits across the mining operation

Caterpillar unveiled its newest generation of drills at a customer event in Texas, where customers were able to launch autonomous missions and learn about the technologies and features that make these drills safer and more productive than ever before.

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Command for hauling

Cat® autonomous haulage system users report productivity & safety gains

The autonomous haulage system that Caterpillar developed in partnership with several of its largest mining customers has been successfully deployed for over five years, and users are now beginning to publicly share the scale of what autonomy is making possible in their operations.

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journey to autonomy

Leading the way on the journey to autonomy

Caterpillar recently began its third decade of developing technologies for the mining industry. But instead of looking back, the industry leader is looking ahead — with a vision of a mining process that is completely automated and a commitment to providing the solutions to take miners into the future.

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Mining Technology Users Conference

Cat technology customers hear success stories from peers at Users Conference

Cat technology users from mine sites in four different countries presented to their peers during a recent Mining Technology Users Conference, sharing success stories, best practices and helpful information.

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Caterpillar and Fortescue moving forward with expansion of autonomous truck fleet in Australia

Caterpillar and Fortescue Metals Group have reached agreement for the expansion of Cat® Command for hauling at Fortescue’s iron ore mines in Western Australia, which will include retrofitting approximately 100 Cat 793F and 789D and Komatsu 930E truck models.

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Getting an inside look at technology

Caterpillar gives miners an inside look at technology

Nearly 75 miners representing almost 25 companies were recently given an inside look at Caterpillar’s technologies for mining during a two-day Mining Technology Demonstration & Program at the manufacturer’s Tinaja Hills Demonstration & Learning Center near Tucson, Arizona, USA.

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Autonomous loaders help mine prepare for expansion while continuing production

To advance a new mine phase without slowing production in a developed seam, an underground mine in Canada turned to technology — retrofitting an existing loader with autonomous technology to allow it to develop the mine ramp without an operator on board.

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Seeing big iron in action

Seeing big iron in action

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, where the company hosted customers to product and technology demonstrations before and after MINExpo.

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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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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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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® Command for dozing.

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Increasing productivity

What’s impacting productivity in your operation? Technology can help locate inefficiencies and identify opportunities for improvement

In today’s mining industry, companies are taking a closer look at their operations and finding ways to work more efficiently in order to keep operations profitable. One of the most impactful ways to accomplish this goal is to increase the productivity of machines, processes and people. And one of the most impactful ways to address these challenges is the use of technology.

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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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Change management makes the difference

ISSUE 11: Change management makes the difference: Overcoming preconceptions to ensure the successful deployment of autonomous haulage

While operators may be resistant to change when it comes to new technology, a good change-management process can help reduce or even overcome that resistance.

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Underground automation: Reducing time for shift changes

Underground Automation technology can keep operators safe, increase productivity and drastically reduce the amount of time needed for shift changes.

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Enabling safety, productivity and efficiency underground

Technology can make underground mining safer, more productive and more efficient in a number of ways, from personnel detection to full-on automation of machines.

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Help wanted: How mining technologies help attract great people

Advances in technology in the mining industry make mining an excellent fit for the skills of the next generation of workers, and technology itself can help attract new people and address the growing skills crisis in the industry.

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ISSUE 10: Fortescue Metals implements new Caterpillar autonomous mining solution

Fortescue Metals Group has established itself as one of the world’s leaders in iron ore production in less than a decade, thanks in large part to its significant focus on innovation and technology. The company’s Solomon operations recently took innovation to the extreme with an autonomous hauling solution developed in partnership with Caterpillar and Western Australia Cat dealer WesTrac.

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ISSUE 4: Building an award-winning autonomous vehicle

Caterpillar is a pioneer in developing autonomous technologies for mining applications, and one of their key partners in this endeavor is Carnegie Mellon University. In 2007, this partnership resulted in the Caterpillar-sponsored “Boss,” an autonomous Chevrolet Tahoe that took first place in DARPA’s Urban Challenge—an autonomous vehicle challenge involving simulated military supply missions, as well as traffic navigation and obstacle avoidance.

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ISSUE 4: Building the technologies for the mine sites of the future: The time is right for autonomy

While every mine is different, they all share a number of key priorities; safety, efficiency, and productivity to name a few. All of those priorities can be achieved through the use of autonomy on site. Operators are removed from dangerous areas, routes become more consistent and redundancies help reduce the risk of collision. As autonomous technologies become more and more viable, the mining industry stands to benefit more from their use every day.

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ISSUE 3: Automation keeping underground workers safe at LKAB Malmberget Mine

Underground mining can be a dangerous business, and the safest operator is one who doesn’t need to go underground at all. Using Caterpillar’s MINEGEM system — a precursor to Cat Minestar™ — mining company LKAB has enabled their operators to run multiple machines all from the comfort of a control room on the surface. This allows for safer, more efficient operation and a significant reduction in injury risk.

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