Getting The Right Mining Equipment Underground

The U.S. Gypsum mine in Sperry, Iowa, is more than 620 feet underground and accessible only via shaft, which makes getting equipment in the mine a difficult challenge. When it was time for a new loader, U.S. Gypsum turned to local Cat® dealer Altorfer, a long-time partner of its surface operation.
Once the mine decided on a new Cat R1600H, Altorfer went to work figuring out the right way to disassemble the machine on the surface, send the hundreds of individual pieces down the shaft, and then re-assemble it underground. It took a partnership to ensure a successful project, with Altorfer engineers, Caterpillar engineers and mine personnel working in close collaboration throughout the process.
The mine has since purchased an additional R1600H and Altorfer has developed best practices that are being shared with other Cat dealers around the world. 



Cat® R1300G Serves As Battery Electric LHD Prototype

Caterpillar is preparing to ship a proof of concept battery electric LHD to a mine site located in Canada. The initial build and validation testing of this R1300G test unit began in early 2017 at the Caterpillar Peoria Proving Grounds and will continue through the fourth quarter and into 2018 moving muck in a Canadian mine. After testing, Caterpillar will launch full-fledged new product introduction program.

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Fatigue can be caused by long working hours, low lighting, repetitive duties, shift schedules and solitary work environments—all things that can be present in any underground mining operation. Studies have shown that more than 40 percent of employees who work non-daytime hours report nodding off several times per week—or even per shift.

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Caterpillar Underground Mining: Today and For the Future

We’re a dedicated team that relies on close collaboration with all our customers to develop equipment and support solutions that are customized for your application. We’re focused on helping you mine safely and productively today, with high quality Cat® products built in facilities around the world. And we have an eye on the future, with new products, new ways of mining, and new ways to get more out of game-changers like technology and automation.

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