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ISSUE 8: Rebuilding machines deep underground: Cat dealer delivers a maintenance solution for Cargill’s Cayuga salt mine

Cargill Deicing Technology’s Cayuga mine is located 701 meters (2,300 feet) under a lake in New York, USA. Getting parts and machines into the mine can be a challenging endeavor. As the mine sought to improve the performance of its fleet of load-haul-dump loaders, the solution was to perform a Cat Certified Rebuild — without ever removing the machines from their underground home.

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ISSUE 8: Boliden Aitik mine benefits from focus on contamination control

Contamination control is an important part of any mining operation, which is why Caterpillar and Cat dealers routinely offer training on the subject to help customers reduce waste and increase component life. When the Boliden Aitik mine in Sweden expanded operations, Cat dealer Pon Power and Caterpillar Global Mining provided on-site training to help Boliden employees manage their consumables and fluids more safely and efficiently to reduce both costs and environmental impact. » Read more

ISSUE 7: Improving efficiency underground: A challenge worth tackling

Underground mining is a complicated process, and even the smallest improvements in efficiency can result in a major increase in cost per ton. Whether it’s a faster cycle time or a decrease in fuel usage, everything can have a big impact on the bottom line. Caterpillar underground efficiency expert Larry Widdifield talks about some of the simplest things any underground mine can do to help make operations more efficient than ever.

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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 6: The dangers of contamination: Modern systems demand clean fuel

It takes millions of liters of fuel every year to keep a mine site operational, and equipment manufacturers are constantly making more precise, efficient fuel delivery systems. That’s why contamination control is critical to a mine’s success. Even minor increases in the quality of fuel entering machines can improve efficiency, reduce waste and increase component life.

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