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Drills delivering impressive results in Australia’s mining regions

Relatively new to the Australian mining market are rotary blasthole drills built by Caterpillar. In the last several years, these drills have begun to make a significant impact in some of the country’s most prominent mining regions, delivering record-breaking results in availability.

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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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ISSUE 8: Rebuilding machines deep underground: Cat dealer delivers a maintenance solution for Cargill’s Cayuga salt mine

Cargill Deicing Technology’s Cayuga mine is located 701 meters (2,300 feet) under a lake in New York, USA. Getting parts and machines into the mine can be a challenging endeavor. As the mine sought to improve the performance of its fleet of load-haul-dump loaders, the solution was to perform a Cat Certified Rebuild — without ever removing the machines from their underground home.

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ISSUE 4: Vale Inco’s Creighton mine: Digging deeper by the day

For more than 100 years, workers have been bringing up ore from the Creighton mine under the Sudbury area of Ontario, Canada. Today, Creighton is one of Canada’s deepest and most profitable mining operations. Existing infrastructure and strong reserves keep Creighton profitable, but operating nearly 2,500 meters underground is not without its unique challenges — and a collection of innovative solutions to meet them.

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