Rhyolite Ridge to deploy Cat autonomous haul tech

Emerging lithium-boron supplier ioneer has completed a technology system supply agreement with Caterpillar that solidifies the early introduction of Cat MineStar Command for hauling, autonomous haul system (AHS) at its Rhyolite Ridge project in Esmerelda County, Nevada. The results of a feasibility study completed in early 2021 showed the viability of AHS at the planned mine and ioneer said the…

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Caterpillar to launch hydrogen demonstration project

In June, Caterpillar announced a three-year project with District Energy St. Paul of Minnesota to demonstrate a hydrogen-fueled combined heat and power (CHP) system.  The project, which is scheduled to start early next year, is supported and partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and backed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. “Caterpillar is focused on supporting our customers…

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Cat’s far-reaching research, training hub: Tinaja Hills

North American Mining recently took an exclusive look at Caterpillar’s Tinaja Hills and Tucson Proving Ground complex in southern Arizona, gaining some remarkable insight into the OEM’s research and development and training efforts By Donna Schmidt Just north of the U.S.-Mexico border, overlooking a beautiful yet vast swath of one of the most beautiful desert areas of the American Southwest,…

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Caterpillar acquires Tangent Energy Solutions

Caterpillar has acquired Tangent Energy Solutions, an energy-as-a-service (EaaS) company that provides customers with turnkey solutions for reducing energy costs, increasing energy efficiency, reducing emissions, monetizing electric grid support, and providing resiliency for customer operations. The acquisition of Tangent Energy, the company said in May, also positions Caterpillar to work directly with utilities and energy providers to supply distributed energy…

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Setting the Tone for Change

Women in Mining Profile: Caterpillar’s Denise Johnson The CV of Caterpillar’s Resources Industries Group President Denise Johnson is as impressive as it is broad. The Michigan State University (B.S. in mechanical engineering) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S. in mechanical engineering and M.S. in business administration) alum began her career as an engineer in operations and product development within the…

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Cat suspends Russian operations, donates to Ukraine

On March 11, in the days following the initial invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Caterpillar issued the following statement:  “We are deeply saddened by the tragic events continuing to occur in Ukraine and hope for a peaceful resolution to the crisis. Through the Caterpillar Foundation, we are donating more than $1 million to support both urgent and long-term needs…

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Caterpillar to divest longwall business

OEM Caterpillar confirmed to North American Mining in late February that it has made a preliminary deal to exit longwall mining and divest its longwall equipment arm to Hauhinco. The deal is subject to the negotiation of a final agreement, and no financial details are available. The transaction, a spokesperson told NAM, is expected to be completed during the third…

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Gainwell Engineering, Caterpillar sign underground tech deal

India’s Gainwell Engineering, already a part of Caterpillar’s dealer network, has signed a technology licensing agreement with Caterpillar allowing it to manufacture medium- and high-seam room and pillar to support demand domestically and beyond. Under the agreement’s terms, Gainwell will also supply aftermarket spare parts and offer service support to existing Cat R&P and highwall miner products. Gainwell, headquartered in…

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Caterpillar introduces two new hammers

Caterpillar said the new Cat H190 S and H215 S Performance Series Hammers are built for high production on large excavators and deliver consistent breaking power. The OEM noted that an efficient operation cycle results in less waste from internal heat for more power delivered to the tool.  With piston and tool matched in diameter and mass, these new hammers…

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