Last month Caterpillar together with mining service support company Hastings Deering unveiled a new, state-of-the-art bulldozer that automatically adjusts to changing terrain, as well as a new ultra-class mining truck with a huge 290 tonne payload.
According to Caterpillar the new machines feature engines with advanced technology that contribute to better fuel economy and decreased emissions for miners seeking productivity gains.
Hastings Deering managing director Dean Mehmet said the new machines include significant new features that lowered operating costs through enhanced fuel efficiency, reduced maintenance and improved performance, as well as enhanced operator safety and comfort.
“Our MT5300 ultra-class mining truck has demonstrated a measured 7000 hour/year production reliability,” he said.
“This is significantly above standard industry averages.
“The new truck has been developed in response to customer demand for 290 tonne payload haulage but comes packed with additional features.”
Mehmet said safety features include four corner wet disc brakes, industry leading dynamic retarding, and Cat detect and camera systems which can improve operator confidence and safety.
“With a powerful 3500hp Cat engine and a reliable AC electric drive system, uphill speed and performance has been improved without compromising fuel efficiency,” he said.
“Not surprising, operator response has been fantastic.
“We believe we have the class leading, heavy haulage machine that will lead to measurable gains in productivity and costs.
“Similarly, the D10T2 dozer has been designed to be the most automated and productive dozer in its class, delivering improved fuel efficiency, durability and safety.”
The D10T2 dozer has 20 per cent more power in reverse and a range of automated blade assist features than the previous models.
The new blade control feature can guide the machine blade to desired design contours, and with Autocarry it can automatically control the load of the blade, engine speed and ripper depth.
This keeps track slip at the optimum level for best machine performance for bulldozing in high production mining environments.
These features help to optimize machine efficiency, minimize fuel consumption, and reduce wear and tear on components, all of which add up to lower operating costs.
Both of the new machines support a range of integrated safety, production and maintenance management technologies via the Cat MineStar System.
The Cat MineStar System helps to manage everything from material tracking to sophisticated real-time fleet management, machine health systems, autonomous equipment systems and more.
The on-board Cat MineStar Terrain for Grading on the dozer enables an electronic site plan to be sent to the machine in real-time, showing the operator where to cut and fill.
Terrain for Grading is now integrated with Blade Control allowing the machine to automatically guide the blade to the desired design contours.
Combined with Autocarry to automatically control the load of the blade, operators can quickly and accurately grade to within +/-100mm to the desired design alleviating the need for surveyors to continuously update grade plans.
Similarly, on-board features such as the MT5300’s MineStar Detect system provides equipment operators with enhanced awareness of the environment around their equipment, resulting in increased safety and greater operator confidence.
Both machines provide owners greater connectivity to electronic data through advanced diagnostic and equipment management tools that provide health, productivity and performance data.
These highly advanced systems interact with engine, transmission and implement control systems to continuously monitor a wide range of vital machine functions.
With support and advice from Hastings Deering, using these high-tech electronic monitoring systems allows equipment owners to improve machine availability, component life and productivity while reducing operating costs.
“While some other manufacturers talk about new technology, at Cat and Hastings Deering we are getting on with the job of delivering it to customers.” Mehmet said.
Mehmet said the new equipment rollout would be well supported by a comprehensive parts and service network encompassing 23 support centres in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
“Wherever there is mining, we are there. We are committed to supporting Cat products with cost-effective, quality and responsive service,” he said.
“Our world class facilities, tooling and diagnostic equipment ensure we deliver the highest quality services to our customers.”