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Fortes­cue Met­als Group has ex­panded its driver­less truck fleet

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Fortes­cue has ex­panded its au­ton­o­mous Cat haul truck op­er­a­tions at its iron ore mines in Western Aus­tralia’s Pil­bara re­gion.

An agree­ment be­tween it and Cater­pil­lar will in­clude the retrofitting of about 100 Cat 793F and 789D and Ko­matsu 930E truck mod­els at the Chichester Hub with the ‘Cat Com­mand for Haul­ing’ sys­tem, and the ex­pan­sion of the Cat 793F au­ton­o­mous truck fleet at the Solomon Hub.

The Com­mand for Haul­ing sys­tem is built on a foun­da­tion of the other Cat MineS­tar Sys­tem ca­pa­bil­ity sets – Fleet, Ter­rain, De­tect and Health.

The com­pany is work­ing with Fortes­cue, Thiess Con­trac­tors and WA Cat dealer WesTrac in im­ple­ment­ing the tech­nol­ogy, which will be used across the mo­bile equip­ment fleet, in­clud­ing sup­port equip­ment and light ve­hi­cles.

“Cater­pil­lar is pleased to build on the suc­cess we have had work­ing with Fortes­cue to im­ple­ment au­ton­o­mous min­ing so­lu­tions,” says Jean Sav­age, Cater­pil­lar vice pres­i­dent with re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Sur­face Min­ing & Tech­nol­ogy Divi­sion.

“We look for­ward to grow­ing the en­tire MineS­tar suite of tech­nol­ogy prod­ucts through­out Fortes­cue’s op­er­a­tions and work­ing with them to drive process ef­fi­ciency, in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity, lower cost per tonne and en­hance safety.”

Fortes­cue chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Nev Powe says the com­pany has been work­ing to im­ple­ment au­ton­o­mous haulage tech­nol­ogy at its Solomon Hub since 2012, as, achiev­ing a 20 per cent im­prove­ment in pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“By har­ness­ing lead­ing edge tech­nol­ogy, sup­port­ing the skills de­vel­op­ment of our work­force and col­lab­o­rat­ing with our sup­pli­ers, we will con­tinue to de­liver on­go­ing cost re­duc­tions,” Power says.

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