Canadian Mining Journal


INNOVATION: Cat and Minetec team up to create new underground technology

AUSTRALIA – Caterpillar and Minetec announced an agreement for the development and delivery of technologies targeting underground hard rock mining challenges. The collaborative work will deliver best-in-class site solutions for mining customers. The integrated solutions will be offered as part of Cat MineStar.

A semi-autonomous Cat underground loader.

Caterpillar expects the integrated solutions to focus on applications of underground mobile equipment and to enable expansion of MineStar capabilities through the use of improved high precision tracking and wireless communications, task management technology and proximity detection.

Caterpillar and Minetec are also pleased to announce that Newmont Mining Corp. will host the first trial of this technology at their Tanami operations in Northern Territory. Newmont will provide operational input from their underground hard rock mining operations.

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