Cat-Rio Tinto au­ton­omy / XCMG hy­draulic cylin­der record

Rio Tinto is to retro­fit Cat trucks with driver­less tech

Earthmovers & Excavators - - Contents -

Nine­teen Cat 793F min­ing haul trucks are to be retro­fit­ted for au­ton­o­mous oper­a­tion un­der an agree­ment signed be­tween Cater­pil­lar and Rio Tinto.

Cater­pil­lar will also in­stall Cat Com­mand for Haul­ing soft­ware for the oper­a­tion of the au­ton­o­mous fleet at the Maran­doo iron ore mine in Western Aus­tralia.

This will be the first fleet of Cat au­ton­o­mous trucks de­ployed by Rio Tinto.

The first few trucks will be retro­fit­ted in mid2018, and the project will be com­pleted by the end of 2019. Be­yond in­stal­la­tion and startup, both Cater­pil­lar and re­gional Cat dealer WesTrac will play on­go­ing roles in manag­ing and sup­port­ing the au­ton­o­mous haulage sys­tem.

“We are grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to work with Rio Tinto in in­stalling their first Cat au­ton­o­mous haulage sys­tem,” Cater­pil­lar vice pres­i­dent Jean Sav­age says. “Work­ing with WesTrac, we look for­ward to help­ing Rio Tinto en­hance op­er­a­tions.”

Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Sal­is­bury says the com­pany has part­nered with Cater­pil­lar for 50 years and is ex­cited about the pro­gram.

“This project with Cater­pil­lar ac­cel­er­ates de­ploy­ment of au­ton­o­mous haulage via retro­fit in our Pil­bara op­er­a­tions and helps meet our ob­jec­tives of mak­ing our op­er­a­tions safer and more pro­duc­tive,” he says.

The Cat au­ton­o­mous trucks sys­tem draws ca­pa­bil­i­ties from the full range of Cat MineS­tar Sys­tem tech­nolo­gies – Com­mand, Ter­rain, Fleet, De­tect and Health. At Maran­doo, the mine-wide im­ple­men­ta­tion of Fleet, the sched­ul­ing-an­das­sign­ment and ma­te­rial track­ing sys­tem, will mark the first use of the sys­tem by Rio Tinto.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.