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Russian mine sets longwall production record

Russian mine sets longwall production record twice in one year

A coal mine in Russia recently earned recognition for a longwall production record of raw coal in one month from a single longwall face — a record achieved without a single lost time injury.

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Determining the risk of operator fatigue

Determining the risk of operator fatigue: 5 essential questions

Today’s mining companies know that operator fatigue and distraction can impact safety, productivity and efficiency. The experts at Caterpillar Safety Services help miners determine their scope of risk so they can build a complete fatigue risk management system.

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MINExpo 2016

Caterpillar showcases iron — and beyond — at MINExpo 2016

MINExpo 2016 is a once-every-four-years opportunity for miners to find solutions to their biggest challenges — from increasing productivity to controlling costs, keeping workers safe to taking advantage of “big data.” In its MINExpo booth, Caterpillar focused on all of these topics — and more.

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Showcasing fatigue & distraction management technologies at MINExpo

Two of the most prominent topics at MINExpo 2016 — safety and technology — came together in the Caterpillar exhibit, which featured a number of technology products that help improve safety. One of the main topics centered around operator fatigue and distraction.

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Preventing  Fatigue

Helping workers understand and prevent fatigue

Caterpillar Safety Services recently developed an Employee Fatigue Handbook that helps workers understand how their decisions impact the quality and quantity of their sleep so they can make positive changes.

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Using technology to understand and address the risk of operator fatigue

Using technology to understand and address the risk of operator fatigue

At its phosphate mine in North Carolina, USA, PotashCorp is leveraging technology to manage the risk of operator fatigue.

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Improving operator safety and productivity through technology

Improving operator safety and productivity through technology

Cat MineStar Terrain, a machine guidance and management technology, is helping dozer operators at Cloud Peak Energy’s Cordero Rojo mine work more efficiently and safely.

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Underground: How to improve production and operator safety

Underground: How to improve production and operator safety

In this video, we’ll discuss the best way to protect underground workers: Removing them from the environment altogether. Using technologies like Cat MineStar™ Command for underground, miners can perform loading and dumping activities while located safely away in a remote operating station.

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Safety: How to reduce operator fatigue & distraction

Safety: How to reduce operator fatigue & distraction

For decades, mining companies have recognized that operator fatigue and distraction are having an impact on their operations. But many don’t know the magnitude of that impact — the risks it imposes and the overall cost to the bottom line. By combining the latest technologies with people and processes, mines are finally getting the full picture of fatigue and distraction.

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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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Safety: How to improve operator visibility

Safety: How to improve operator visibility

When you’re operating some of the largest machines in the world — in active, complex mining environments — you need to be aware of everything around you. That’s why improving visibility is high on the list of safety initiatives for mining companies. Using a combination of site design and technology, mining companies are taking advantage of every option for increased visibility for machine operators and others on site.

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safest year ever completed

U.S. mines complete safest year ever: Deaths drop to new lows in 2015

Mines in the United States completed their safest year ever in 2015, recording the fewest fatalities in the history of American mining.

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Cat Water Delivery System Enhances Mine Safety and Productivity

With 70 pieces of heavy equipment operating continuously in a dry, arid climate with powder-like soil conditions, controlling dust is essential for Kinross Gold’s Paracatu mine—not only for safety, but to protect residents of the surrounding community.

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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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Addressing the Risks of Fatigue

In this webinar, Caterpillar Global Mining subject matter expert Craig Watkins explores the risks associated with operator fatigue and distraction, and shares some tips and tools — including the latest technologies — for addressing this important topic.

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Fatigue Risk Management System

ISSUE 11: Caterpillar Fatigue Risk Management System offers multiple layers of protection

Caterpillar’s Fatigue Risk Management system uses technologies, processes and expertise to offer multiple layers of protection against operator fatigue on your mine site.

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Fatigue and distraction management

ISSUE 11: Fatigue and distraction management: Improving safety through technology and continuous improvement

Fatigue risk management systems can help improve safety for operators and other personnel on site.

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Controlling dust and improving performance

Controlling dust and improving performance with new water delivery system

In a dry, arid climate like the one at Kinross Gold’s Paracatu mine in Brazil, constant mining activity means constant production of dust. Controlling this dust is essential for the health and safety of personnel on-site, but to protect the residents of the surrounding community. The site recently purchased a Cat 777G Off-Highway Truck Bare Chassis with the integrated Cat Water Delivery System (WDS) to help in this effort.

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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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Women’s coalition shares importance of mining industry with U.S. leaders

Nearly 50 women from the mining industry recently participated in the Women’s Mining Coalition (WMC) fly-in in Washington, D.C., where they helped legislators understand what mining means in terms of jobs and how safety and environmental responsibility are key components of the industry today.

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Considering ground control challenges when selecting mining equipment

More than 250 mining industry professionals and dozens of experts, including a Caterpillar highwall mining specialist, gathered in July 2014 for the 33rd International Conference on Ground Control in Mining.

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Technology is key focus at high performance mining event

Technology and efficiency were the focus of the 6th International Symposium on High Performance Mining held in June 2014 in Aachen, Germany. Several representatives of Caterpillar’s longwall product group were among the experts who spoke at the event, which included a presentation on a new Caterpillar safety technology, Detect Personnel.

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ISSUE 10: Russian coal mine continues to set production records: Credit given to skilled team and new high-performance machines

Russia’s Tugnuysky coal mine has set a number of production records in its nearly 30 years of operation, with industry-leading achievements in all aspects of their operation — from drilling to loading to overall production. In January of 2013, the mine set yet another benchmark by delivering its 100 millionth tonne (111 millionth ton) of coal.

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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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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 5: Focusing on sustainability at MINExpo 2008: Caterpillar hosts global Health, Safety, Environment and Community Forum

MINExpo 2008 was an opportunity for the leaders of the mining industry and their customers to discuss their priorities, and the message was clear — health, safety, environment and community are at the top of the industry’s list. A number of the show’s educational sessions were dedicated to topics like waste management and air quality, as well as improving safety and reducing community impact. Mining companies also shared stories of their success in these areas so others could learn.

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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 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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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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ISSUE 3: Miners speak with one voice on equipment safety

Safety is priority number one for everyone in the mining industry, from machine operators to company executives. In 2006, eight of the largest companies in the industry banded together to form the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table. EMESRT is a unique partnership aimed at sharing resources and best practices while encouraging manufacturers to improve Human Factors of design — all with the intent of making mines safer.

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ISSUE 2: Steady and straightforward approach drives Ravensworth to success

Sometimes everything comes together. At Xstrata’s Ravensworth Mine in New South Wales, Australia, a good deposit, favorable geology, a skilled workforce and a focus on safety all combine to make a mine that’s been a stable, high-volume producer of coal since 1972.

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ISSUE 1: Technology keeping workers safe in Australian underground mine

Keeping operators safe is the first priority for Leviathan Resources Ltd. At the company’s historic Stawell mine, Leviathan is working with Caterpillar to keep underground employees safe in the easiest way possible: removing them from dangerous areas. Using Cat MINEGEM — a precursor to Cat Minestar™ — Stawell’s operators can control machines remotely from a safe, comfortable room with no loss in efficiency or productivity.

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ISSUE 1: Seeing clearly: Improved visibility means safer mine sites

A mine site in operation looks like a busy anthill, with dozens of vehicles traveling back and forth. But when some of the vehicles are three stories tall, it’s critical that all operators be aware of their surroundings. Cat truck cabs are designed for maximum visibility; but by using technologies like cameras, radar sensors and RFID tagging, Caterpillar is able to further increase visibility and keep everyone safer.

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