Caterpillar has doubled its autonomous haulage figures in under two years after recording two billion tonnes hauled with the autonomous trucks system.
The Cat Minestar Command System has been on the market for just over six years, and the new milestone was achieved much faster than the competition, according to MineStar Solutions production manager Sean McGinnis.
“This milestone makes Command for hauling the most productive commercially available solution, and it’s something mining people are noticing,” he said.
In November 2018, Cat’s autonomous trucks system hit a one-billion-tonne mark, and the company stated its continuing improvements to the speed of implementing its MineStar Solutions had significantly ramped up the amount of productivity.
“We’re launching Command on more sites and implementing it more quickly, so more of our customers can experience the safety and productivity gains that autonomous hauling delivers,” McGinnis said.
“One of the reasons that Caterpillar has been so successful in expanding Command and delivering results is because we listen to and partner with our customers. They identify features, functionality, and even the autonomous truck models they need for their operations.”
Since its launch in 2013, Cat’s MineStar Solutions has extended its range to autonomous dozers, drills and underground loaders.
There are 276 Cat autonomous trucks in operation across the world, with that number expected to continue its ascent.
“The push toward autonomous mining doesn’t show any signs of slowing,” McGinnis said.
“We have projects in the works with a number of large mining companies either looking to expand their current autonomous haulage operations or implement new ones.
The fleet is growing quickly and production continues to climb as mining companies benefit from greater truck productivity, increased truck utilisation, consistent truck operation, and reduced costs.”