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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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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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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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ISSUE 11: Freeport-McMoRan: Managing fatigue for decades — and continuing to improve

When it comes to mine site safety, international mining company Freeport-McMoRan has been an industry leader for decades. One focus of the company’s safety efforts has been the management of operator fatigue and distraction, helping employees manage the difficult lifestyle of shift work and leveraging technologies and processes to monitor and reduce the risk.

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A decade of contamination control, a decade of savings

ISSUE 11: Minera Alumbrera: A decade of contamination control, a decade of savings

The first Caterpillar customer mine to achieve a Five-Star Contamination Control designation recently celebrated 10 consecutive years of maintaining that designation.

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Taking control underground

ISSUE 11: Taking control underground: Glencore mine takes maintenance to a new level

Glencore’s Nickel Rim South mine is the first underground mine ever to achieve a Caterpillar Certified Five-Star Contamination Control designation.

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ISSUE 8: Boliden Aitik mine: Doubling production with new facilities, expanded site and larger trucks

Despite operating in some of the world’s toughest conditions, expansion has been a regular occurrence at Boliden Aitik copper mine. Already one of Europe’s largest copper mines, in 2010 Aitik built new facilities and launched an expansion program that is set to double its production in 2014.

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ISSUE 5: Minera Antamina: Setting the standard. Driving the future.

Antamina mine in Peru is one of the largest and most productive mines in the world, and their success can be attributed in part to their dedication to safety and community relationships. Beginning with their industry-standard greenfield development and continuing into today, Antamina’s leadership has placed caring for the environment, their employees and the community at large above even cost and profit in their decision-making process.

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ISSUE 4: Spence mine: From greenfield to major producer in a few short years

The transition from undeveloped ground to full-scale mining operation isn’t an easy one. It’s a complicated process involving lengthy periods of exploration, study and construction. Which makes it all the more impressive that BHP Billiton’s Spence copper mine, the first greenfield mining project in Chile in more than six years, went from board approval to active operation in less than three years.

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ISSUE 1: Setting the pace for high production copper mining

With the right approach, even a low-grade mineral deposit can yield impressive results. Phelps Dodge earned its place as one of the world’s leading copper producers by efficiently turning low-grade deposits into high-production mines. Using a combination of technology, proactive maintenance practices and comprehensive monitoring, Phelps Dodge’s Morenci mine is able to produce 381,000 tonnes of coal annual from a deposit with a total ore grade of only 0.27.

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