Cat® MineStar Command for Hauling has forever changed how mining companies move material - allowing them to haul more efficiently with near-continuous operation and move more with fewer people on site.
Cat® MineStarCommand for hauling has forever changed
how mining companies move
material - allowing them to
haul more efficiently with
and move more with fewer
people on site. Proven on
diverse operations around
the globe, Command for hauling is
opening new possibilities
for mines of all sizes,
complexities and locations.
Command leverages other
MineStar capabilities to
provide the fully integrated
operation of remote control,
fully autonomous mining
systems. Autonomous trucks
operate safely around other
equipment, light vehicles and
personnel. Command trucks
respond to calls to the shovel,
move into position, haul to
dump points and even report
for maintenance - all without
an operator on board.
Enhances safety by removing
operators from hazardous or
Reduces costs for employee
infrastructure and travel to
Improves efficiency, enables
consistency in operations and
provides near-continuous operation
through the reduction of operational
delays - eliminating daily operator
breaks (lunch and breaks), allowing
hot seating, reducing queuing
times, allowing machines to run in
inclement weather, etc.
Improves fuel efficiency and
Prevents machine damage and
downtime due to misuse and
Allows the instant alteration or
redesign of mine maps to meet
changing operational needs.
Enables advanced assignment and
tracking from a central location.
Alerts maintenance personnel to
machine faults, enabling repairs
before failure and reducing
Allows mines to attract new
employees with a safe, comfortable
work environment close to home.
Extends careers by upgrading skills
and reducing exposure to hazards.
What makes Cat MineStar for Hauling different?
Interoperability: While putting Cat
technology on Cat equipment is the
ideal scenario, Command for hauling
is not limited to Cat machines.
Caterpillar will partner with
customers to develop Command
technology on other OEM brands.
Integration: MineStar offerings
make up a fully integrated system.
Smarter Trucks: Trucks with
Command for hauling have
electronics on board, giving them the
ability to think for themselves for a
more robust autonomous system.
Advanced Perception System: This system allows trucks to run
at full speed and can also be used
to survey load and dump areas,
providing a Rate of Production
advantage. Competitive systems
may provide similar utilization
improvements, but it’s the work done
or “Rate of Productivity” that is a key
Defensive Driving: The system
anticipates manned behavior to
slow down or stop due to
Multiple Truck Dumping: Command allows multiple trucks to
enter and dump simultaneously.
Crusher Dumping: Command
allows autonomous trucks to tip
What can you expect with Cat MineStar for Hauling?
Australian Success Story
Caterpillar’s flagship autonomous operation, the Fortescue Metals Group (FMG)
Solomon iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, has announced
productivity improvements of 30 percent and has recently expanded its
autonomous haulage to retrofit the system on its fleet at its Chichester Hub.
BHP Billiton has reported both cost reductions and safety gains. At its Jimblebar
operation in the Pilbara, the company reports that the productivity benefits of the
autonomous haulage fleet have helped the mine reduce costs by 20 percent. BHP
has also reported a reduction in the frequency of safety incidents by 50 percent.
Jimblebar is BHP’s first operation to move completely to autonomous trucks.
The company has reported that the move to automation is part of its strategy to
improve safety, build capacity and remain globally competitive.