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ISSUE 9: Understanding our changing world: MINExpo provides opportunity to discuss key industry topics

While products were definitely the big draw to MINExpo 2012, issues facing the mining industry were key topics throughout the three-day event. From an opening session that brought together mining leaders from around the world, to Caterpillar executive speaking on the exhibit floor, topics like safety and sustainability, government regulations, changing global economies and population growth all took center stage during the event.

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ISSUE 9: Leveraging technology in its safety journey: Newmont mine relies on remote dozing to keep operators safe

Like most mining companies, Newmont Mining Corporation considers safe work performance a top priority. In 2009, the company launched its Our Safety Journey program at Newmont sites throughout the world. The program is especially evident at the Phoenix mine in Nevada, which has earned a number of safety awards. The site works with local dealer Cashman Equipment to leverage the latest technologies — such as remote control dozing — to keep people out of harm’s way.

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ISSUE 8: Skills development: An opportunity to improve the bottom line

Mine owners know that training operators to work safely and productively is important to their operations. A new trend in the industry has companies taking a look at skills development from a different perspective  —incorporating training into their strategic objectives and measuring how operator productivity affects the bottom line.

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ISSUE 6: Availability is key: CC&V demands consistent production from haulage fleet

Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Company employs around 350 workers on 12-hour shifts every day of the year, resulting in an impressive daily production of 163000 tonnes. But even the biggest workforce can’t produce without available trucks. AngloGold Ashanti (Colorado) Corp considered a number of trucks based on everything from body style to size to serviceability, and they decided on the reliable Cat® 793D — and even helped test the new Cat 793F.

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ISSUE 6: Object detection: Making mine sites safer by reducing blind spots

A mine can have dozens or hundreds of moving vehicles at any time, some the size of a sedan and some the size of a house. For the operator of a three-story-tall mining truck sharing a road with standard pickup trucks, visibility is one of the most important concerns. Caterpillar offers a suite of cameras and sensors that help keep operators aware of their surroundings, increasing safety for everyone on site.

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