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Cerrejón: Cat trucks help mine keep costs low and productivity high

Cerrejón is one of the world’s largest surface coal mines, with six operating pits, thousands of employees and a large equipment fleet. That fleet now includes Colombia’s first Cat® 794 AC trucks, which are making a positive impact on the mine’s bottom line.

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Cat® 794 AC offers proven advantages over the competition

Caterpillar introduced its newest large mining truck, the 291-tonne (320-ton) 794 AC, at MINExpo International in September 2016. But product leaders are quick to ensure that the truck is “proven” despite its recent debut.

The truck uses a combination of proven designs, such as a chassis that has accumulated about 18 million operating hours and a powertrain that has racked up 3 million hours.

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Building strong partnerships at Black Thunder coal mine

Arch Coal relies heavily on a fleet of Cat® equipment to maintain the high level of production it needs from its Black Thunder coal mine, which supplies the coal for more than 100 power plants in the United States. To meet that goal, the mine also relies heavily on its partners — like Caterpillar, Cat dealer Wyoming Machinery Company, and equipment solutions provider Ground Force.

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Distant thunder: Ground Force machines at Black Thunder mine

To help support productivity at its Black Thunder mine in Wyoming, Arch Coal worked with Caterpillar OEM Solutions, Ground Force and local Cat dealer Wyoming Machinery to design and support a fleet of fuel & lube and cable reel trucks that are based on Cat bare chassis machines.

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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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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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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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Remote operations: Delivering high performance at high altitude

Remote operations: Delivering high performance at high altitude

High in the peaks of Peru’s Andes Mountains, a large fleet of Cat equipment is part of an effort to successfully access one of the worlds’ largest sources of copper.

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Redefining possible: Overcoming obstacles at Detour Lake mine

Redefining possible: Overcoming obstacles at Detour Lake mine

Detour Gold’s plan to turn an abandoned underground mine into a new surface operation was met with a number of obstacles, including difficult geological conditions and low-grade ore.

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Building a mine: From planning and power to machines and support

Building a mine: From planning and power to machines and support

When Stornoway’s Renard diamond mine began its production ramp-up in July 2016, it was ahead of schedule and under budget.

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High availability: An uptime guarantee for Black Thunder mine

High availability: An uptime guarantee for Black Thunder mine

To maintain the high level of production Arch Coal demands from its Black Thunder coal mine, the mine relies heavily on its fleet of Cat trucks.

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Controlling costs through improved efficiency

Controlling costs through improved efficiency

In order to maintain profitability, Cerrejon looks for ways to control its operating costs and keep productivity high. This effort led the mine to participate in a trial of a new Cat® electric drive truck model, the 794 AC.

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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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Partnership over two decades

Caterpillar, Chinalco Guangxi and China Engineers Ltd.: Partnership Over Two Decades

Aluminum Corporation of China recently purchased 12 Cat® 745C Articulated Trucks, which will join a dozen other articulated trucks chosen specifically to meet the demanding conditions of its Guangxi mining and smelting operation in China.

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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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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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ISSUE 10: Scale studies help mining companies maximize payload, increase production

As mines around the world look for ways to lower their operating costs, a number of them are beginning to recognize a tool that can make a significant contribution in this effort: Scales. Whether they are permanent fixtures or temporary installations for a one-time study, scales make it possible for mines to lower costs by helping them maximize payload, increase production, increase efficiencies, reduce fuel usage and more.

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Cat off-highway trucks 50th anniversary video

For 50 years, Caterpillar has been building machines that haul ore in mines all over the world. And in all that time, Caterpillar engineers have never stopped working on new designs and technologies to help make customers’ mines safer, more productive and more profitable. Take a look back at 50 years of Cat Mining Trucks as we prepare for another 50 years of innovation and dedication to customers.

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ISSUE 9: Cat off-highway trucks celebrating 50 years

In 1963, Caterpillar introduced its first off-highway truck, the 32-tonne (35-ton) 769. Built to handle the rigors of mining, quarries, heavy construction and industrial applications, it was the first of more than a dozen off-highway truck models produced at the Caterpillar facility in Decatur, Illinois, USA, over the next 50 years.

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ISSUE 8: Assembling the 795F AC in remote area of northern Sweden

The Cat® 795F AC truck weighs nearly 200 tonnes and is 9 meters wide. Obviously, it can’t just drive from the factory to a mine site. It has to be shipped in carefully organized crates and put together on site. So when the Aitik mine in northern Sweden ordered a new fleet of these machines, Cat dealer Pon Power had to send a team of on-site experts and factory representatives to oversee the process and get the new truck up and running. » Read more

ISSUE 8: CHALCO Guangxi mine addresses environmental challenges through a “green mine” strategy

As the world’s fastest growing economy, China is paying more and more attention to sustainability issues such as environmental protection and “inclusive growth” that delivers lasting benefits to all. Mining is one of the country’s key industries and is driving toward an environmentally friendly and resource-conserving society. The CHALCO Guangxi mine in Guangxi Province puts the concepts of “mining with minimal environmental impact” and “green mining” into practice — winning the first national-level “Green Mine” title in China.

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ISSUE 8: Boliden Aitik mine: Doubling production with new facilities, expanded site and larger trucks

Despite operating in some of the world’s toughest conditions, expansion has been a regular occurrence at Boliden Aitik copper mine. Already one of Europe’s largest copper mines, in 2010 Aitik built new facilities and launched an expansion program that is set to double its production in 2014.

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ISSUE 7: Belle Ayr trucks top 8,000 hours: A 93% utilization rate

A mine can only be as productive as its truck fleet; every hour of downtime is production lost. At the Belle Ayr coal mine in Wyoming, Alpha Coal has turned this fact into a way of life by achieving more than 8,000 operating hours per year on their Cat® 797B trucks — a utilization rate of nearly 93 percent.

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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: 777F at work in Colombia: Caterpillar produces 50,000th off-highway truck

Caterpillar has been producing off-highway trucks for a long time, and in 2009 they hit yet another milestone. With representatives from buyer Prodeco group and Cat dealer Gecolsa on hand, the Decatur, Illinois facility produced its 50,000th rigid-frame off-highway truck. » Read more

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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ISSUE 4: Mining fleet achieves 100,000 hours and beyond: People and processes are key

When the first Cat® 793A started operating at Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold’s Sierrita open-pit mine in 1991, nobody on site expected they’d be seeing that same truck hard at work more than 15 years later. But that truck is just one of five 793s at Sierrita with more than 100,000 hours of service time. According to Sierrita’s staff, the key is a proactive maintenance process and careful selection of operators.

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