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August 12, 2015updated 10 Nov 2021 6:22am

Caterpillar and Arch Coal to develop and operate semi-autonomous dozers at US mine

Mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has joined forces with the US-based Arch Coal’s Thunder Basin Coal Company - Black Thunder mine to develop and operate the Cat MineStar Command for dozing at the site near Wright, Wyoming.

Command for dozing

Mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has joined forces with the US-based Arch Coal’s Thunder Basin Coal Company – Black Thunder mine to develop and operate the Cat MineStar Command for dozing at the site near Wright, Wyoming.

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The latest technology will reduce cost per tone and helps to improve dozer productivity and safety.

According to Caterpillar, Command for dozing is part of the company’s vision for a fully autonomous mine and includes a semi-autonomous solution that enables an operator to operate multiple dozers from a remote office environment.

Sitting in an office, the dozer operator can reduce the risk of injury from mounting and dismounting equipment.

Black Thunder mine, which is running four Cat D11T dozers enabled with the technology at present, used the technology initially in reclamation.

At present the technology is used in production overburden removal in advance of dragline operations.

Since its implementation at the site, the technology has logged more than 25,000 hours of tele-remote and autonomous operation time in addition to shifting over 23 million loose cubic yards (LCY) of material.

Wyoming Machinery provided local technical resources for system installation and ongoing support.

The mine is also using Command for dozing system to reduce unit costs through increasing dozer utilisation and increased process consistency.


Image: Command for dozing operator station at Caterpillar Proving Grounds. Photo: courtesy of Caterpillar

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As ore mines ramp up and come on stream, the total number of active surface machines (including trucks, excavators, shovels, loaders, graders and dozers) is forecast to rise from 141,470 in 2020 to 167,367 by 2025. This will be a CAGR of 3.4% from 2020 to 2025. The largest contributor to this growth is expected to be trucks, particularly smaller-sized trucks with shorter lifespans, used extensively in parts of Asia Pacific. Underground mining equipment is similarly expected to see a CAGR of 2.3% in this same time frame, with the number of mining trucks and loaders/LHDs in active underground mines expected to rise to 19,853 by 2025. GlobalData’s extensive mine-site research and equipment models have been used to build a complete view of mobile mining equipment populations globally for trucks, loaders, graders, dozers, excavators and shovels. This report includes informative breakdowns by each major region and key mining country, and also by major commodity. Read GlobalData’s Global Surface and Underground Mining Equipment: Populations & Forecast to 2025 for a complete view of the market, allowing you to best position yourself for the future.
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