For Worldwide Release: June 2023
Release Number: 99PR23
Caterpillar Inc. and Wheeler Machinery recently completed installation of a Cat® MineStar™ Fleet management system at the Kennecott Bingham Canyon Mine, located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Rather than upgrading the mine’s previous fleet management system, Kennecott, a Rio Tinto Company, chose to deploy MineStar Fleet. This has optimized the mine site’s equipment tracking, production recording, material management and truck assignment, and it has further expanded the technology relationship between Caterpillar and Rio Tinto.
“For 15 years, Rio Tinto has used MineStar Terrain and has expanded its MineStar capabilities in recent years at locations like Gudai Darri and Marandoo, autonomous mine sites in Western Australia. Bingham Canyon Mine is the first MineStar Fleet site in Rio Tinto history, and this extends the company’s application of MineStar capabilities,” says Ryan Howell, mining technology commercial product manager at Caterpillar. “Our team is proud of this MineStar Fleet system installation. We are honored to be there to support the mine site’s fleet management needs.”
Joshua Wood, principal advisor, Surface Mining Centre of Excellence at Rio Tinto, added, “The close collaboration between the Rio Tinto Group team, Caterpillar, dealer and Kennecott ensured a successful deployment at Kennecott and their desire to be the flagship for future MineStar sites.”
Even though it wasn’t the easiest route for the mine, the cost-benefit analysis showed significant benefits long-term using MineStar Fleet, including seamless integration with MineStar Terrain currently used by the mine. “A true partnership with the supplier, dealer and customer allows for large-scale technology projects like this to be completed successfully with minimal impact to production,” says Mike Gray, general manager for Wheeler Machinery.
An incremental approach was devised to minimize the system installation loss-time impact on mining operations for bringing nearly 100 trucks plus more than 40 supporting dozers, shovels and drills online with MineStar Fleet. Caterpillar and Wheeler worked together to provide a quick turn-around time with best-in-class implementation.
“We have been impressed with the partnership, and we share the same vision and have the correct team to get us there,” explains Bryce Olson, mine monitoring and control superintendent at the Kennecott Bingham Canyon Mine. “We flipped the switch, and we haven’t gone backwards. We immediately started using MineStar Fleet’s open assignment, load-haul-dump and auto fuel advanced features.”
Cat MineStar Fleet automatically records and tracks data up and down a mine’s value chain, providing insights that help miners identify what is working and fix what is not to meet production targets. Fleet allows miners to view the entire operation at a glance on a computer and gain insights into key cost drivers – such as fuel, tires, service parts, and idle time – and improve haul fleet production and shovel utilization.
About the Rio Tinto Kennecott Mine
Founded in 1873 in Andalusia, Spain, Rio Tinto is a diverse company spanning over 35 countries in mines, smelters and refineries, as well as sales offices, data centers, and research and development labs. Kennecott, a Rio Tinto Company located outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, is a world-class integrated copper mining operation. Kennecott has been mining and processing minerals from the rich ore body of the Bingham Canyon Mine since 1903, and it is, even today, one of the top-producing mines in the world.
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Wheeler Machinery has supported the Utah area for more than 60 years. The Cat dealer partners with customers to help them succeed and increase profitability by providing solutions for their mine site challenges. Taking the lead on the Kennecott installation, Wheeler delivers high-quality, local customer service, personalized training and technical support for mine site technology.
More information on Cat MineStar Fleet can be found by contacting a Cat dealer or visiting: https://www.cat.com/minestar.
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