The Caterpillar Mining Technology Group is currently hosting trade journalists from across the globe at its Tucson, Ariz., demonstration center to explain and demonstrate the company’s capability and expertise in assisting mining operations become more efficient in the overall process of bringing their products to market.
The company’s Jean Savage, vice president of Surface Mining & Technology, told the assembled journalists that Caterpillar plans to open a new Mining Technology Center in the Tucson area early next year, eventually staffing the group with more than 600 mining experts. Innovation increases, said Savage, when the diverse experts in the mining industry are brought together to share ideas in a setting that places them close to the equipment that mining operations need for efficient production.
Above: A remote-control dozer pushes material to hydraulic mining shovel that is loading a driverless truck. The autonomous truck is equipped with a Caterpillar system that measures load on each of the truck’s tires and conveys this information to the shovel operator, who uses it to precisely distribute the load. Even loading means that tire temperatures will be even, allowing faster haul speeds.