Vale, Caterpillar collaborate on BE trucks, ethanol studies

Vale and Caterpillar have signed an agreement to test large battery electric trucks and energy transfer systems, as well as conduct studies on ethanol-powered trucks – initiatives aimed at the decarbonization of Vale’s mine operations. The studies, which will be conducted at Vale’s mines in Brazil, will help the miner achieve its goals to reduce scope 1 and 2 (direct…

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State of the (autonomous) haul

North American Mining investigates the world of mine haulage automation, asking where we are and where we are heading next. By Jonathan Rowland The mining industry has “increasingly adopted automated haulage solutions as the technology is beginning to be more commercialized,” Masayoshi Ota, vice president of Mining Sales at Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas (HCMA) told North American Mining. “Numerous autonomous…

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RCT to deliver milestone agnostic remote installation

Underground mining services company Barminco has enlisted RCT to carry out what is believed to be the world’s first agnostic remote installation on Caterpillar’s Hybrid underground loader. Barminco will be using the Cat R2900XE loader, which has a diesel engine and electric driveline, at the IGO-owned Spotted Quoll underground nickel mine in Western Australia. “Technology and innovation are two of…

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Bagdad to be first U.S. copper mine to move to AHS

Freeport-McMoRan’s Bagdad operation in Arizona will become the first copper mine in the United States to implement a fully autonomous haulage system (AHS). The miner will convert its fleet of 33 Cat 793 haul trucks using Cat MineStar Command for hauling.  “The three-year conversion project is expected to improve safety, optimize our fleet, reduce GHG emissions through reduced idle time…

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Cat promotes Creed to COO

Caterpillar Inc. announced Joseph E. Creed, group president of Energy & Transportation, has been appointed to the newly created position of chief operating officer, effective Nov. 1. In this position, Creed will report to Jim Umpleby, chairman and chief executive officer. Reporting to Creed will be group presidents Tony Fassino of Construction Industries, Denise Johnson of Resource Industries and Bob…

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Albemarle, Caterpillar team up on sustainability endeavors

Albemarle has signed agreements with Caterpillar to collaborate on efforts, including utilization of battery-powered equipment, to establish its Kings Mountain mine in North Carolina as the first-ever zero-emissions lithium mine site in North America.  Additionally, the companies agreed to making Albemarle’s North American-produced lithium available for use in Caterpillar battery production. Albemarle and Caterpillar will also explore opportunities to collaborate…

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Caterpillar marks 130 years in Wisconsin home

The year – 1893. Only 44 of today’s 50 states formed the union, and Grover Cleveland was elected the country’s 24th president. College basketball was in its infancy, holding its first official game. And the Bucyrus Steam Shovel and Dredge Company opened a new manufacturing facility in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to improve and expand its production facilities. Since this point…

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Is Remanufacturing Mining’s Best-Kept Secret?

Caterpillar, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Cat Reman Center in 2023, said that remanufacturing could be the ‘secret sauce’ that operations are seeking to keep total cost of ownership low and uptime high. As mines strive more and more for these goals, could this be a missing element of that journey?  By Donna Schmidt Remanufacturing is a…

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Schlam selects Singh

Schlam has announced the appointment of Sudhanshu Singh to the position of President – Americas. Singh, who will also be a director and senior company officer of the Schlam Americas Company, will lead its growth strategy in the Americas region from Schlam’s Americas headquarters in Tucson, Ariz. He will report to Schlam chair and group CEO David Haslett. He will…

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Kennecott Bingham Canyon picks Cat MineStar

Caterpillar and Utah dealer wheeler Machinery have completed the installation of a Cat MineStar fleet management system at Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Bingham Canyon copper mine outside Salt Lake City. The operation opted to deploy MineStar fleet over an upgrade of its previous fleet management system, and with the new implementation the site’s equipment tracking, production recording, material management and truck…

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