Caterpillar has assembled its 5000th 793 mining truck, 27 years after the first vehicle was produced.
The milestone-reaching truck will be delivered to an Australian mining customer. Australia, along with North and South America, hosts the largest number of 793s, which are commonly found operating at iron ore, copper, coal and gold mines.
In production since 1991, the 5000th 793 truck assembled by Cat represents the fifth generation of the vehicle.
The latest generation, the 793F, has become a popular choice for autonomous operation, with more than 100 of these vehicles now operating via Command for hauling, the autonomous truck operating system that is part of Cat’s MineStar technology.
Western Australia’s iron ore mines are home to most of the autonomous trucks, however, their presence is expanding into North and South America.
Caterpillar vice president Jean Savage, who is responsible for the company’s surface mining and technology division, said the 793 mining truck was the core of Cat surface mining vehicles.
“The 793 has been an integral part of making Caterpillar the leading supplier of surface mining equipment. I thank the assembly team as well as those who developed the truck and those who support the trucks working in mines around the world,” Savage said during a ceremony at Cat’s Illinois manufacturing in the United States.
Data generated by the equipment manufacturer show this milestone production figure significantly exceeds the manufacture of any other brand in the 250-ton (227-tonne) class.
Cat’s global product manager for large mining trucks, Sudhanshu Singh, said the success of the 793 supported the manufacturer’s belief that it was the most productive and cost-effective truck in a wide range of applications.
“The 793’s success is a direct result of collaboration with customers, Cat dealers and cross functional teams within the Caterpillar organisation — who have worked to optimise the performance of Cat trucks in a wide range of applications,” Singh said.
“Our very first 793 truck, placed in service 27 years ago, is still in service delivering best-in-class cost per ton.”
The 793 truck has become well known for its durability. One 793, built in 1992 and operating in the US, has accumulated 173,000 operating hours.