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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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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 5: Cat dealer Matco builds unique technician training program

When Cat dealer Matco got its first full Maintenance and Repair Contract for a fleet of mining machines, one of the first things the dealership learned was that it would take a workforce of newly trained technicians to do the job. Working with a local university, Matco created a unique training program that makes heavy use of simulators and time on-site to ensure new technicians are well-versed in the skills needed to maintain these machines.

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