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Autonomous drilling delivers benefits across the mining operation

Caterpillar unveiled its newest generation of drills at a customer event in Texas, where customers were able to launch autonomous missions and learn about the technologies and features that make these drills safer and more productive than ever before.

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Command for hauling

Cat® autonomous haulage system users report productivity & safety gains

The autonomous haulage system that Caterpillar developed in partnership with several of its largest mining customers has been successfully deployed for over five years, and users are now beginning to publicly share the scale of what autonomy is making possible in their operations.

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Mining Technology Users Conference

Cat technology customers hear success stories from peers at Users Conference

Cat technology users from mine sites in four different countries presented to their peers during a recent Mining Technology Users Conference, sharing success stories, best practices and helpful information.

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Caterpillar and Fortescue moving forward with expansion of autonomous truck fleet in Australia

Caterpillar and Fortescue Metals Group have reached agreement for the expansion of Cat® Command for hauling at Fortescue’s iron ore mines in Western Australia, which will include retrofitting approximately 100 Cat 793F and 789D and Komatsu 930E truck models.

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Drilling: how to minimize variability

Cat drill helps coal mine be more productive and efficient

A Cat® MD6420B Rotary Drill at work in the Bowen Basin of Queensland, Australia, is exceeding miners’ expectations and contributing to a better bottom line. 

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Getting an inside look at technology

Caterpillar gives miners an inside look at technology

Nearly 75 miners representing almost 25 companies were recently given an inside look at Caterpillar’s technologies for mining during a two-day Mining Technology Demonstration & Program at the manufacturer’s Tinaja Hills Demonstration & Learning Center near Tucson, Arizona, USA.

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Autonomous loaders help mine prepare for expansion while continuing production

To advance a new mine phase without slowing production in a developed seam, an underground mine in Canada turned to technology — retrofitting an existing loader with autonomous technology to allow it to develop the mine ramp without an operator on board.

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Seeing big iron in action

Seeing big iron in action

For those looking to see big iron in 2016, the place to be was MINExpo International in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. For those looking to see that big iron in action, the place to be was Caterpillar’s Tinaja Hills Demonstration & Learning Center, where the company hosted customers to product and technology demonstrations before and after MINExpo.

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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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MINExpo 2016 attendance

MINExpo 2016 surpasses attendance expectations

MINExpo 2016 attendance surpassed expectations and exhibitors found attendees were key decision-makers there to experience firsthand the latest innovations and technologies in the mining industry.

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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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Cat Health

Cat Health

Cat Health can help you track your machines' condition and make recommendations for maintenance and repair — helping you reduce downtime, increase availability, and reduce your maintenance and repair costs.

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Cat Command for Underground

Cat Command for Underground

Cat Command for underground can help solve some of the biggest problems underground mines face today — challenges like shift change delay, operator safety, drive wall impacts and more. Operators can control load/haul/dump vehicles from a comfortable remote station, and even automate tramming to further reduce the risk of drive wall impacts.

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Cat Command for Dozing

Cat Command for dozing can help you increase the safety and productivity of your dozers by removing operator's from the machine entirely. Command for dozing is a scalable solution that ranges from simple line-of-sight remote operation to semi-autonomous operation of multiple dozers at once.

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Cat Fleet

Cat Fleet

Cat Fleet helps you interpret the massive amount of data your machines are sending every day and turn it into actionable information. From scheduling optimization and machine locations to performance data and even projected "what-if" scenarios, Fleet can help you make the best possible decisions to get the most out of your mine.

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Cat Command

Cat Command

Cat Command is a suite of technologies ranging from remote operation to full machine autonomy, which can help your machines work safely and more productively both above and below ground.

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Cat Detect

Cat Detect

Cat Detect is a suite of technologies that can help overcome the safety challenges presented by low visibility, crowded areas on-site and even operator fatigue and distraction. Using a combination of technologies — from cameras and radar to satellite guidance — training and consulting, Caterpillar can help you increase operator awareness and make your site safer.

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Cat Command for Drilling

Cat Command for Drilling

Building on the precision and productivity of Terrain for drilling, Cat Command for drilling can help your drills operate safely and productively — even when there's no operator on board.

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Cat Terrain

Cat Terrain

Cat Terrain uses high-precision guidance technologies, material tracking and more to help your machines work according to plan — increasing efficiency, reducing variability and helping you get the most out of your mine site.

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Cat Command for Hauling

Cat Command for Hauling

Cat Command for hauling is an autonomous haulage solution that can increase your safety, efficiency, productivity and more. Trucks can travel to the loading and dump points, fueling stations, haul roads and more — all without the need for an operator to step on board.

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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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Using technology to increase efficiency & achieve production targets

Using technology to increase efficiency & achieve production targets

In an effort to improve the efficiency and consistency of its operations, mining company Fresnillo partnered with Cat dealer Matco to integrate Cat MineStar technologies into its La Herradura mine in Mexico.

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Using information to improve efficiency and drive down costs

Using information to improve efficiency and drive down costs

Tropicana Gold mine in Western Australia takes an innovative approach to mining, leveraging technology to drive down costs.

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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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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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Leveraging machine guidance and management technology to improve productivity

Leveraging machine guidance and management technology to improve productivity

Cloud Peak Energy is improving productivity and safety at its Cordero Rojo mine in the western United States through the implementation of Cat® MineStar™ Terrain. 

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Reducing fuel costs without sacrificing production

Reducing fuel costs without sacrificing production

Caterpillar and Cat dealer Barloworld Equipment worked together to help an iron ore mine in South Africa reduce fuel costs without sacrificing productivity.

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Increasing efficiency, consistency and safety through autonomous dozing

Arch Coal is improving the consistency of its dozing operations at Black Thunder mine in the western United States with the implementation of Cat® Command for dozing.

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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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Productivity: How to minimize shift change interruptions

Productivity: How to minimize shift change interruptions

The time that mine sites spend on shift change can have a significant impact on their overall productivity. Fortunately, it’s an area that offers opportunities for improvement through the implementation of best practices and the use of technologies like Cat MineStar™ Fleet, Terrain and Command.

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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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Maintenance: How to minimize unscheduled repairs

Maintenance: How to minimize unscheduled repairs

One of the primary goals of a successful maintenance organization is to schedule as many of its maintenance and repair activities as possible. By using the health data that comes from machines, mines can adopt a more proactive approach to maintenance and repair.

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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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Fuel: How to maximize material moved per liter

Fuel: How to maximize material moved per liter

Fuel is one of the greatest ongoing costs on a mine — and one of the best opportunities to affect real savings through technology and best practice implementation. This video examines two ways you can lower your fuel costs: by reducing the fuel you burn and by increasing the tons you move per liter.

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Harnessing technology at La Herradura mine

Mine optimization: Harnessing technology at La Herradura mine

The implementation of Cat MineStar is delivering high equipment productivity and better operator practices at the Minera Penmont / Fresnillo La Herradura gold mine in Sonora, Mexico.

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Lowering costs: Finding opportunities through continuous improvement

Lowering costs: Finding opportunities through continuous improvement

The Mogalakwena open-pit platinum mine in South Africa is a challenging operation. Extremely difficult digging conditions were taking their toll on the fleet of Cat 6060 and 6090 hydraulic shovels, until a partnership with Cat dealer Barloworld began to turn things around.

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Fleet management: Using data to successfully manage ultra-class trucks

Fleet management: Using data to successfully manage ultra-class trucks

Anglo-American’s Dawson Mine lies in the rich coal country of Central Queensland, Australia. To improve the site’s fleet uptime, Cat dealer Hastings-Deering employed a Condition Monitoring program that has been enabled by Cat Equipment Care Advisor — a web-based tool that combines equipment and application data with real-time analytics, plus the combined expertise of the global dealer network.

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Working together to get the full benefits of technology

Working together to get the full benefits of technology

With a focus on continuous improvement, combined with the support of Caterpillar and Cat® dealer WesTrac, Tropicana Gold mine in Western Australia is fully leveraging its Cat MineStar technologies to eliminate waste, increase efficiencies and make significant improvements in all areas of the operation. 

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Cat MineStar Productivity Webinar

Caterpillar Global Mining subject matter expert Randy Schoepke explores tips and best practices for increasing productivity in mining operations. Topics include: increasing ROI, improving utilization and honing operator skills.

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Increasing productivity

What’s impacting productivity in your operation? Technology can help locate inefficiencies and identify opportunities for improvement

In today’s mining industry, companies are taking a closer look at their operations and finding ways to work more efficiently in order to keep operations profitable. One of the most impactful ways to accomplish this goal is to increase the productivity of machines, processes and people. And one of the most impactful ways to address these challenges is the use of technology.

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Haul truck speed analysis

Haul truck speed analysis: Using data to increase productivity and reduce costs

By using machine data to measure hauling productivity and efficiency, mining companies can find ways to increase truck speed — and ultimately improve overall mine production and reduce costs.

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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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Caterpillar's mining automation journey

Caterpillar’s Mining Automation Journey

Fortescue Metals Group took innovation to the extreme with an autonomous hauling solution developed in partnership with Caterpillar.

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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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Access to up-to-date information helps miners lower costs

In today’s mining industry, when companies have a laser focus on lowering their total costs of machine ownership, having the right data available can be the difference between a productive day and a costly period of downtime.

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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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Fleet management systems address three big challenges

Fleet management technologies can help surface mines solve a number of common problems to increase productivity and reduce costs.

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Underground automation: Reducing time for shift changes

Underground Automation technology can keep operators safe, increase productivity and drastically reduce the amount of time needed for shift changes.

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Enabling safety, productivity and efficiency underground

Technology can make underground mining safer, more productive and more efficient in a number of ways, from personnel detection to full-on automation of machines.

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Help wanted: How mining technologies help attract great people

Advances in technology in the mining industry make mining an excellent fit for the skills of the next generation of workers, and technology itself can help attract new people and address the growing skills crisis in the industry.

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Shift change: Keeping operators productive and machines in motion

Using technology to maintain a consistent, efficient shift change schedule can have a positive effect on any mine’s productivity and machine availability.

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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 9: Ukrainian energy company mine sets production record in longwall mine

DTEK, the largest private energy company in Ukraine, recently set a production record for longwall mining in a 1-meter (39.4-in) seam at its mine in Stepnaya — a substantial achievement for any mine and the first time that a mine in the DTEK group has broken the 100,000 tonne-per-month mark.

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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 7: Doing things differently: Osisko Mining sets aggressive goals to be the best

The Canadian Malartic mine in Quebec is Canada’s largest open-pit gold mine, with the capacity to produce more than 600,000 ounces of gold every year. It’s also located in the heart of the Malartic community, which is why Osisko Mining Corporation chose to use local contractors and partnerships — including one with Cat dealer Hewitt Equipment Ltd. — to ensure that their mine is not only among the best at producing gold, but at benefiting the people who live and work nearby.

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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 4: Building an award-winning autonomous vehicle

Caterpillar is a pioneer in developing autonomous technologies for mining applications, and one of their key partners in this endeavor is Carnegie Mellon University. In 2007, this partnership resulted in the Caterpillar-sponsored “Boss,” an autonomous Chevrolet Tahoe that took first place in DARPA’s Urban Challenge—an autonomous vehicle challenge involving simulated military supply missions, as well as traffic navigation and obstacle avoidance.

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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: Improving productivity through technology integration

Mining companies are constantly searching for ways to improve safety, cut costs and increase efficiency, and equipment manufacturers are constantly coming up with new technologies to better serve customer needs. For example, Newmont Mining worked with Caterpillar to come up with a fully integrated Cat Minestar™ solution that helps them monitor their entire operation and use their equipment more safely and efficiently.

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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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