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ISSUE 6: The dangers of contamination: Modern systems demand clean fuel

It takes millions of liters of fuel every year to keep a mine site operational, and equipment manufacturers are constantly making more precise, efficient fuel delivery systems. That’s why contamination control is critical to a mine’s success. Even minor increases in the quality of fuel entering machines can improve efficiency, reduce waste and increase component life.

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ISSUE 3: Power — a driving force at Drummond’s Mina Pribbenow

The bigger the mine, the harder it is to supply enough power to operate — especially in remote regions. Just ask Drummond Ltd. The company’s Mina Pribbenow open-pit coal operation in Colombia’s Cesar Coal basin has no access to commercial electric power. So they turned to Caterpillar, and together the two companies devised a 21-generator solution that helped power Mina Pribbenow’s increasingly productive operation.

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ISSUE 1: Contamination control paying off for Xstrata’s Alumbrera mine

While they may seem small, microscopic particles of dust, dirt and grit in oils and fuel can have a huge impact on a mine. When Xstrata’s Alumbrera mine instituted a rigorous new contamination control process, it resulted in extended major component life, increased availability, lengthened maintenance intervals and ultimately saved the company millions of dollars.

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