The Cat 794 AC electric mining truck is now equipped with Cat MineStar Command for autonomous operation. The package allows the haul truck not only be operated autonomously, but also to interact with other equipment, and integrate with customer mining processes and systems, all managed by MineStar.
Demonstrating up to a 30 percent productivity improvement over operator-driven models at mine sites around the world, Command addresses many mining challenges, including labor shortages and the demand for higher machine utilization. Command also supports the mine’s sustainability efforts through lessening infrastructure needs and reducing truck fuel burn, machine downtime, and wear parts replacement.
Where do autonomous trucks operate?
- In Chile, the first of 28 autonomous 794 AC trucks began arriving in May 2021 to be part of Teck Resources Limited’s low-cost, long-life Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 (QB2) copper project.
- At the Quellaveco copper mine operated by Anglo American in the Moquequa Region of southern Peru, sixteen 794 AC trucks have been deployed and will reach a total of 27 trucks by 2022.
Quellaveco collaborated with Caterpillar and Cat dealer, Ferreyros, to find the most productive hauling solution at the mine for lowering total cost of ownership. Commenting on the project, David Rea, general manager, Cat large mining trucks, said, “The ongoing success at Quellaveco requires extensive subject matter expertise from a diverse team of Anglo American, Quellaveco, Caterpillar and Ferreyros personnel. The Quellaveco opportunity highlighted the importance of understanding the customer’s business needs and responding with a solution that meets their expectations.”