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ISSUE 8: Using simulators for better, easier training

While mines may know that their operators — and their operations — could benefit from increased and regular training, dedicating the time, money and equipment necessary to refine operator skills can be a deterrent. As technologies improve, a growing trend has been to use simulators for training — and the benefits are significant.

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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: Building the technologies for the mine sites of the future: The time is right for autonomy

While every mine is different, they all share a number of key priorities; safety, efficiency, and productivity to name a few. All of those priorities can be achieved through the use of autonomy on site. Operators are removed from dangerous areas, routes become more consistent and redundancies help reduce the risk of collision. As autonomous technologies become more and more viable, the mining industry stands to benefit more from their use every day.

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ISSUE 4: Building an award-winning autonomous vehicle

Caterpillar is a pioneer in developing autonomous technologies for mining applications, and one of their key partners in this endeavor is Carnegie Mellon University. In 2007, this partnership resulted in the Caterpillar-sponsored “Boss,” an autonomous Chevrolet Tahoe that took first place in DARPA’s Urban Challenge—an autonomous vehicle challenge involving simulated military supply missions, as well as traffic navigation and obstacle avoidance.

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ISSUE 3: Improving productivity through technology integration

Mining companies are constantly searching for ways to improve safety, cut costs and increase efficiency, and equipment manufacturers are constantly coming up with new technologies to better serve customer needs. For example, Newmont Mining worked with Caterpillar to come up with a fully integrated Cat Minestar™ solution that helps them monitor their entire operation and use their equipment more safely and efficiently.

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