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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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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 3: Influencing equipment performance through maintenance metrics: Successful sites use key measurements to improve availability

Availability is the key to a mine’s production, which also makes it the primary deliverable for any mine maintenance organization. In an effort to help customers increase their machine availability, Caterpillar created a guide outlining the key metrics and practices that allow maintenance teams to be proactive and keep machines up and running as much as possible.

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ISSUE 3: Power — a driving force at Drummond’s Mina Pribbenow

The bigger the mine, the harder it is to supply enough power to operate — especially in remote regions. Just ask Drummond Ltd. The company’s Mina Pribbenow open-pit coal operation in Colombia’s Cesar Coal basin has no access to commercial electric power. So they turned to Caterpillar, and together the two companies devised a 21-generator solution that helped power Mina Pribbenow’s increasingly productive operation.

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ISSUE 2: Component Rebuild Centers: The flexibility of a service shop with the process consistency of a manufacturer

One of the best ways to increase the life of a machine is to rebuild components when they begin to wear. At Caterpillar’s Component Rebuild Centers, Cat dealers use a rigorous set of standards and processes to rebuild and test high-quality components that can significantly increase a customer’s machine life.

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