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Digging deeper into Caterpillar’s MINExpo plans

By |  August 11, 2021
Caterpillar plans to showcase its MD6310 rotary blasthole drill at MINExpo 2021. Photo: Cat

Caterpillar plans to showcase its MD6310 rotary blasthole drill at MINExpo 2021. Photo: Cat

Caterpillar, which will exhibit in Central Hall (Booth 6229) of the Las Vegas Convention Center during MINExpo International 2021, has a number of offerings planned for the Sept. 13-15 trade show.

Cat, for example, will exhibit the MD6310 rotary blasthole drill offering technology, efficiency, safety and productivity improvements. The drill fully integrates Cat’s components and systems and is capable of up to 92,922 pounds of bit load, targeting 8- to 12.5-in.-hole diameters.

The company will also exhibit how technology can improve safety at a mine site with the Cat MineStar Detect driver safety system (DSS) display, detailing how the system monitors eye closure and head pose to alert drivers via seat vibration and audio alarm the moment fatigue or distraction is identified. DSS has proved to reduce 97 percent of the most significant fatigue events, Cat says, and 80 percent of average fatigue events – plus 91 percent of distraction events.

Additionally, several Cat Command stations and trailers will be on display for MINExpo attendees to experience effective remote control and semi-autonomous drilling, dozing and underground operations from a distance.

Life cycle solutions

Caterpillar’s remanufacturing services capabilities will also be highlighted at MINExpo, with the C175-16 Cat Reman engine on display. This engine produces up to 3,420 hp, reducing overall owning and operating costs.

Also, Cat representatives will be available to explain how MineStar Health maximizes equipment availability and reliability by connecting a machine to the office. The service assists with proactive maintenance services and predictive equipment analysis by collecting equipment data, monitoring critical machine parameters, obtaining real-time alerts, analyzing operational trends and patterns, predicting failures and receiving repair recommendations.

Other offerings

In addition to teams of workers with machine and technology expertise, representatives from Cat Financial and Cat Solutions will be at MINExpo to share information on safety, fleet management and productivity offerings that can be combined into full site solutions.

A ThoroughTec simulation training will provide an opportunity to experience the 7495 electric rope shovel. Attendees will also be able to experience two next-generation machine cabs – one for mining trucks and another for the 6060 hydraulic mining shovel – via actual cabs on display.

Find out what else Cat has planned for MINExpo 2021 here.

Kevin Yanik

About the Author:

Kevin Yanik is the editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry magazine. Yanik can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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