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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: Fleet management: Getting ready for the upturn

In 2009, the mining industry went through the same downturn as everyone else. As commodity prices dipped, mine owners had to make tough decisions regarding their equipment and employees. But the industry will be strong again, and there are a number of steps owners can take to ensure that their operation is ready for tomorrow’s opportunities. Caterpillar stands side by side with its customers, helping them keep their fleets ready for the upswing.

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ISSUE 6: Field follow program tests new trucks in real applications

Caterpillar’s development process and proving ground give them industry-leading ability to test their new products, but there comes a time when the only way to learn is to see a machine in the real world. That’s where the company’s field follow program comes in — partnering with real operations to get on-site information about the machine’s performance. For instance, Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company in Colorado, USA helped test the 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 4: Addressing unique challenges with drive train options for mining trucks

Every mining application has its own unique conditions, and equipment manufacturers are constantly working on new ways to better meet those challenges. For instance, when Caterpillar was developing new mining truck models to debut at MINExpo 2008, they chose to focus on an electric drive option that would allow the machines to work in applications where a mechanical drive was impractical.

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