Cater­pil­lar and New­mont Min­ing part­ner for au­to­mated tech

Cater­pil­lar and New­mont Min­ing have struck and agree­ment to col­lab­o­rate on un­der­ground min­ing ve­hi­cle au­to­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy

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Cater­pil­lar and New­mont Min­ing have en­tered a col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment to val­i­date and im­prove un­der­ground hard rock min­ing ve­hi­cle au­to­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

The ini­tial fo­cus of the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort is Com­mand for un­der­ground, the Cat sys­tem for semi-au­ton­o­mous and re­mote op­er­a­tion of un­der­ground load­ers.

New­mont is the largest user of Cat un­der­ground ve­hi­cle au­to­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy in the western hemi­sphere. The com­pany cur­rently op­er­ates un­der­ground load­ers us­ing Com­mand for load­ing in its Car­lin gold mines lo­cated in north­ern Ne­vada. The col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment lever­ages and builds on this ex­pe­ri­ence to take un­der­ground ve­hi­cle au­to­ma­tion to the next level of per­for­mance and is sup­ported by Cash­man Equip­ment Co., the Cat dealer in Ne­vada.

“Au­tomat­ing un­der­ground load­ers en­ables ma­chine op­er­a­tors to work safely and ef­fi­ciently from a con­trol room on the sur­face,” Leeville mine un­der­ground op­er­a­tions man­ager Graden Colby says. Leeville is one of six gold mines op­er­ated by New­mont in the Car­lin area. “In ad­di­tion to en­hanc­ing safety,” Colby adds, “the semi-au­ton­o­mous sys­tem in­creases loader uti­liza­tion, im­proves pro­duc­tiv­ity and al­lows one op­er­a­tor to con­trol two or more ma­chines.”

The col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment seeks to im­prove ex­ist­ing tech­nol­ogy and ac­cel­er­ate val­i­da­tion and de­ploy­ment of new fea­tures. New­mont, Cater­pil­lar and Cash­man share ob­jec­tives and align to en­sure Com­mand tech­nol­ogy de­liv­ers the de­sired ben­e­fits now and meets ex­pec­ta­tions for the fu­ture.

The agree­ment also pro­vides for shar­ing in­for­ma­tion to help guide strate­gic and tac­ti­cal de­ci­sion-mak­ing re­lated to au­to­ma­tion.

“Our busi­ness is built on cul­ti­vat­ing longterm re­la­tion­ships to gen­er­ate value for our cus­tomers,” Cater­pil­lar min­ing tech­nol­ogy group un­der­ground com­mer­cial man­ager Randy Schoepke says. “Our agree­ment with New­mont al­lows two in­dus­try lead­ers to tackle chal­lenges and push each other to achieve step changes in per­for­mance by mak­ing best use of real-world ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Through our shared vi­sion with Cater­pil­lar and Cash­man – along with se­nior man­age­ment com­mit­ment – we are tack­ling a new fron­tier in min­ing to im­prove safety, pro­duc­tiv­ity and costs,” New­mont un­der­ground op­er­a­tions gen­eral man­ager David Thorn­ton says. “The agree­ment pro­vides the plat­form for new or im­proved ca­pa­bil­i­ties to be jointly and quickly scoped, pi­loted, proven and adopted into op­er­a­tions.”

The agree­ment also cre­ates a ba­sis for rapid repli­ca­tion across New­mont’s busi­ness: “Through Cater­pil­lar’s global busi­ness model and dealer net­work, our Com­mand for un­der­ground op­er­at­ing model can be de­ployed rel­a­tively eas­ily at other New­mont mines and gen­er­ate ad­di­tional value from the use of com­mon and con­sis­tent op­er­at­ing tech­nol­ogy,” New­mont vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tional tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion Mike Wun­den­berg says.

Au­tomat­ing un­der­ground load­ers en­ables ma­chine op­er­a­tors to work safely and ef­fi­ciently from a con­trol room on the sur­face.

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