Autonomous Haulage: Making Mining Safer and More Productive Today
Ask a group of non-miners to imagine a fleet of large trucks that come when called, position themselves for loading, then move away to their assigned dump locations—all without a single operator on board—and they’ll think it’s science fiction. But pose that same scenario to a gathering of miners, and they’ll tell you autonomous mining is quickly becoming a reality in many operations.
That’s because autonomous solutions can improve safety, equipment availability and overall productivity on any mine site without machine operators sitting in the cab. That’s particularly important for remote operations where attracting and retaining skilled labor is a challenge. Autonomous equipment also reduces the chances for injury by limiting the number of people working around moving equipment while enhancing equipment availability and overall productivity.
Dolese Bros. Co. Builds Legacy of Safety Culture Excellence
More than a decade has passed since long-time company leader Roger Dolese’s death, but his legacy as a conservationist endures. Under Mr. Dolese’s leadership, nature would not be compromised for business growth. If the most efficient path to prosperity was through a tree, he demanded a work-around. His successors remain true to that conviction and to this day scrutinize every project accordingly.
“When I first came here, I was in a meeting and suggested clearing some trees in order to help production in one of our plants,” said Mark Helm, CEO. “I thought I was going to get strung up, that I would even mention such a thing.”
Caterpillar and Cat® Dealers Partner with Mike Rowe to Help Close Skill Gap
Now more than ever, Caterpillar and Cat® dealer employees must possess the right balance of technical and critical thinking skills to keep up with the rapid changes in processes and technologies.
These technical requirements can lead to multiple career paths, ranging from positions that require a high school education, to certifications, to two- to four-year higher education. The problem? There’s a skills gap, and those who possess the skills required to fill these jobs are very hard to find.
See how Landon Floyd found new ways to improve fuel efficiency on his jobsite.