In the center of Central Hall, booth 6229, the largest exhibit space at MINExpo 2012, Caterpillar will showcase its broad line of mining and materials handling equipment. The company will reveal a number of innovative mining systems and machines. One such machine, never before presented to the mining public, will offer an efficient means to step up production loading of ultra class haulers. Making best use of size and energy storage technology, the new loading tool promises to lower cost per ton in world class mining operations.
In addition to innovative new products, Caterpillar builds on proven ones to make the next generation of mining machines, technology and support equipment. For example, the new AD60 underground truck, with a 60-tonne capacity, and the new R3000H underground loader, with a 20-tonne payload capability, represent the largest such machines Caterpillar has ever made and promise to boost production and cut costs in high-capacity hard rock mines.
For underground coal and soft rock miners, the next generation EL3000 longwall shearer features a state-of-the-art communication system for advanced automation and monitoring. The Cat longwall system includes personnel proximity detection and underground cameras that can be linked to a surface monitoring center.
Surface miners will be pleased to see a Cat engine powering the MD6240 rotary blasthole drill. They also will get to kick the tires of the latest edition of the workhorse 777 truck, the 777G, which meets North American Tier 4 emission standards. The 777G has adjustable fuel-saving strategies, performance improvements and enhanced safety features for sustainable, low cost production. The next-generation D11T track-type tractor also features Tier 4 emissions compliance, as well as the Enhanced Auto Shift system, designed to conserve fuel by automatically selecting the optimal reverse gear and engine speed, based on load and desired ground speed.
The three largest trucks in the Cat line — 797F, 795F AC and 793F — will share space with loading tools, the 994H Extended High Lift designed to efficiently load 250-short-ton size class trucks and the 6030B FS hydraulic front shovel representing the extensive line of Cat shovels. The 6030B is the first of the Cat B Series hydraulic shovels and features a state-of-the-art new cab and operator environment with productivity enhancing on-board electronics.
Support equipment on display includes the new Cat CT660 vocational truck equipped as a service truck. The CT660, available only in North America, is the first Cat branded on-highway truck and can be fitted with many different bodies, including a dump body, to serve the needs at hand. Additional support equipment includes the recently introduced C175-20 generator set, which produces the greatest output, as much as 4 megawatts, of any single high-speed diesel generator set available today.
In addition to the main exhibit in Central Hall, Caterpillar OEM Solutions will exhibit in the Silver Lot at booth number 18162. The new 777G WTR is one of the specialized Off-Highway Truck chassis that the group offers in a configuration designed specifically for water truck applications. OEM Solutions also will offer information about the new Cat water delivery/control system that is being field tested now and will be available on the 777G WTR.
For information about Cat products, visit mining.cat.com.