Cat® MineStar Command for Drilling ensures that every hole is accurately placed, drilled to the proper depth and angle, and able to stand up until blasting.
Cat® MineStarCommand for drilling ensures that every
hole is accurately placed,
drilled to the proper depth
and angle, and able to stand
up until blasting. A range of
capabilities lets site managers
configure and automate
the drilling system to their
budgets and needs.
row drilling automates the
entire drilling cycle for one
row, including autonomous
pattern drilling automates drill cycles
and tramming for the entire
blast pattern and allows
one operator to manage
drill operations across the
mine site from a remote
Enhances fragmentation consistency
by precisely executing drill patterns.
Ensures accurate hole placement - to the right location and hole depth.
Ensures better-shot material, which
means smoother downstream
Allows removal of operators from
dust and other hazards.
Improves operator comfort,
recruitment and retention.
Simplifies training to make new
operators productive more quickly.
Through improved consistency,
reduces the costs associated with
fuel, drill tools and explosives.
Improves equipment utilization,
productivity and operator
Allows adjustment of collar
elevations on uneven ground to
ensure consistent toe elevations.
Reduces hole-to-hole tramming time.
Preserves machine life and reduces
GET tool waste by limiting operation
to be within the OEM parameters for
both the machine and the drill tools.
Enables consistent drilling from
operator to operator on any terrain.
Interoperability: While putting
Cat technology on Cat equipment
is the ideal scenario, Command for
drilling is not limited to Cat machines.
Command for drilling is interoperable
with multiple brands of drills.
Scalability: Command for
drilling follows a building block
approach - from Operator Mission
Assist to Semi-Autonomous to Fully
Autonomous - which allows sites to
adopt automated drilling at different
levels. This approach is unique to
What can you expect with Cat MineStar for Drilling?
MineStar Command for drilling is proven to deliver a 34 percent improvement in production versus a manned operation and a 20 percent reduction in OPEX cost per meter drilled.
Collaboration delivers world first autonomous drilling success (2022)
A collaborative project involving Thiess, WesTrac and Caterpillar® has led to the rollout of world-first autonomous drilling solutions that are delivering people, productivity and efficiency benefits.
Mount Pleasant coal mine is a complex coal deposit located in New South Wales, Australia, owned by MACH Energy. Characterised by high quality coals, a low strip ratio and high-processing yield, Mount Pleasant contains some of the most attractive coal resources in the Hunter Valley.
A team of innovators from Caterpillar, WesTrac and Thiess find the site attractive for another reason: It’s an ideal proving ground for drilling autonomy.
Leveraging Cat MineStar Command for drilling on a fleet of Cat MD6250 rotary drills, the three entities have found the greenfield site and its complex drilling conditions the perfect stage to explore autonomous operations. Working together, they are adding value to the Mount Pleasant operation while setting the stage for the sustainable mine of the future.
In this video below, Thiess and WesTrac representatives showcase autonomous drilling, discuss the breadth of Caterpillar’s other Command autonomous solutions, and share their enthusiasm about being on the leading edge of autonomous technology.
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