Miners are always looking for ways to enhance mine site safety, reduce costs, improve profitability and boost efficiency.
Cat® MineStar™ System helps you do that, providing the most comprehensive suite of mining technology products in the industry. It consists of a number of configurable capability sets that allow you to scale the system to your mine site needs.
Cat MineStar System helps you manage everything from material tracking to sophisticated real-time fleet management, machine health systems, autonomous equipment systems and more. The capability sets – Fleet, Terrain, Detect, Health and Command – can be used in combination or individually to allow your operation the flexibility and scalability it needs to be more productive, efficient and safe.
Cat MineStar System lets you integrate products, processes and people like never before, so you can define what next generation means for your operation.
MineStar System Description
Fleet opens the door to fully-integrated, next-generation mining operations that enhance safety, reduce costs and maximize productivity
TRACK, MANAGE AND ASSIGN ALL TYPES OF EQUIPMENT, ACROSS ONE SITE OR MANY
Fleet enhances the management of all types of equipment operations, across one mine site or multiple sites. It also allows you to easily drill down for more detailed views and analysis, from reporting on selectable groups of assets down to individual machines.
With the capability to run scenarios that help determine the impact of operational changes prior to implementing them, Fleet makes it easy to keep your operation running safely and at peak performance, with real-time control.
Fleet can work with data from all types of assets and equipment—including off-highway trucks, wheel loaders, motor graders, wheel dozers, shovels, light duty vehicles and equipment from other manufacturers—helping you reduce costs per ton, enhance productivity and boost overall site profitability.
Fleet Capability Packages
- Production – Provides real-time visibility of loading performance, delivers improved shovel loading performance and increases payload predictability.
- Position & Material – Monitors material movement and type, alerts operators and planners of misroutes to ensure material is moved to the proper location. Also monitors machine location for the entire fleet and incorporates playback function to analyze dump movement and haul road congestion.
- Assignment & Optimization – Schedules and assigns trucks, maximizes production and shovel utilization, minimizes truck wait time and manages shift changes.
- Data Share – Enables Fleet to share data and information with other electronic mine management systems.
- Multi-Site – A future capability, it enables management of multiple Fleet-equipped mine sites from a single control center.
Scalable and configurable, Terrain delivers next generation management and guidance for drilling, dragline, grading and loading operations
Detect helps keep your people and assets safe by using satellite, radar and camera technology to enhance operators’ awareness of the working environment around their mining equipment.
With powerful analytic and reporting tools, Health enables timely, fact-based management of equipment service and maintenance, helping to reduce costs and increase availability.
COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH AND CONDITION MONITORING, SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT
By identifying many types of potential equipment problems before failure, Health works to minimize unscheduled downtime and productivity loss. Plus, it helps keep your operating costs in check by streamlining service and maintenance management and scheduling.
Streamline Planning & Scheduling
Health includes comprehensive maintenance and service planning capabilities. It enables managers to track what equipment is due for service, schedule repairs and maintenance, see what procedures have been performed and monitor how the machine is performing once it goes back to work.
Identify Site Issues
Health can also help identify issues beyond the equipment, including problem areas within the mine site itself. With GNSS tracking capabilities, it generates reports showing where health and operational alerts occur. That can help you spot site problems—such as suboptimal haul road conditions—that affect machine health, machine availability and asset life.
Health offers universal functionality that works with virtually any mine site assets, including off-highway trucks, wheel loaders, motor graders, wheel dozers, shovels and light duty vehicles, as well as equipment from other manufacturers.
Semi-autonomous systems allow operators to work from a remote location while automating significant portions of the work cycle, relieving operators of some of the most tedious or demanding tasks.
Autonomous solutions entirely eliminate the need for human machine operators. The machines are directed by a control system that tells them where to go and what to do, but their on-board intelligence systems “decide” on their own how to navigate to the prescribed work area and accomplish the assigned tasks. Caterpillar will be releasing autonomous products in the coming months, including Command for hauling and Command for drilling.
All these solutions result in safer overall mine sites, with reduced human presence on the site itself. Plus, operations have the potential to be more efficient and productive, with less chance for operator injury or error.
Source: Mining Cat