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Autonomy in focus at MINExpo 2021
Autonomy in focus at MINExpo 2021

As expected, OEMs and suppliers from around the world took the opportunity to showcase the latest and greatest in new mining technology. These are some of innovations that are sure to break ground in the coming years...

Caterpillar hungry for collaboration
Caterpillar hungry for collaboration

In keeping with the latest trend of OEM/Miner collaborations to deliver zero-emission technology, Caterpillar have recently announced two new partnerships...

MINExpo: Back to the future post COVID-19
MINExpo: Back to the future post COVID-19

MINExpo is back for 2021 after a COVID-19 induced hiatus in 2020, and despite the ongoing effects of the pandemic in the US, nothing was going to stop this year's event from going ahead...

Trolley Assist initiative saves tonnes
Trolley Assist initiative saves tonnes

Newmont Mining has recently released a Climate Strategy and Sustainability Update that announced several substantial initiatives to deliver a reduction in Green House Gas Emissions...

OEMs dig deep on delivering new autonomous mining technology
OEMs dig deep on delivering new autonomous mining technology

For those of us kids of the 80’s I’m sure you can remember the awe-inspiring moment the Big Foot 4x4 remote controlled monster truck car was launched...

The charge toward decarbonisation
The charge toward decarbonisation

The mining sector has long been an innovator in the use of electric powered machinery...

A drive to survive
A drive to survive

For those of you with Netflix, you may have recently watched 'Formula 1: Drive to Survive'. If you haven't, do...

Where it all began
Where it all began

A taste of the green iron is what was usually said of contractors or individuals who purchased Euclid or Terex machine. ...

It was the best and worst of times
It was the best and worst of times

50 years from now (perhaps even sooner), academics will review recent events with much vigor...

A beast is born
A beast is born

The last 20 years have seen significant consolidation in manufacturers of large scale mining machines...

Far From French
Far From French

Despite sounding decidedly French, the name LeTourneau is synonymous with the United States...

The Engine Room
The Engine Room

In the world of mining, three engine manufacturers rule. Caterpillar. Cummins. MTU...

Good. Better. Best.
Good. Better. Best.

Hitachi's range of mining excavators is a dominant force in Australia...

Belly Dumper
Belly Dumper

Sounding more like a dig my wife might have at me, the 'belly dumper' unloads its material through a dump gate at the bottom of the trailer...

A dying breed
A dying breed

As a primary tool used on mine sites, the 'digger' is a critical piece of infrastructure that can significantly impact a site's operational performance...

From little things big things grow
From little things big things grow

The Tiger 690 was the epitome of innovation for heavy earthmoving and mining in the early 80s...

The Superdozer
The Superdozer

Revered for their size and technology, these outliers often fail to achieve commercial breakeven points when manufactured on an industrial scale...

Biggest earthmover ever
Biggest earthmover ever

When it comes to the land of large front-end wheel loaders, the ruler of this category is Komatsu Mining Corp...

Master of their domain
Master of their domain

The world of large wheel loaders is dominated by Caterpillar and Komatsu...

Category killers
Category killers

The last three decades have seen a significant scaling in the size of our mining machines...

No man's land
No man's land

Once the contractors truck of choice, the Caterpillar 785 Mining Truck, is as robust as it is versatile...

Keeping a low profile
Keeping a low profile

There's a lot to like about these water tanks when compared with other options available in the market...

Undisputed champion
Undisputed champion

Generally ranging in size from 25t through to 60t, these trucks have come along way since their inception...

Tyre revolution: Bis Rexx haul truck's efficiency secrets
Tyre revolution: Bis Rexx haul truck's efficiency secrets

Launched in 2018 by Australian logistics company Bis, the Rexx is a mine haulage truck designed to deliver greater efficiency...

Far from frigid
Far from frigid

Far from frigid, there is a lot to like about these versatile off-roaders that are as comfortable in land subdivisions as they are muddy construction sites, infrastructure projects and mine sites...

Chameleon
Chameleon

Recognised as a mining digger of choice in Australia, Hitachi has developed a venerable reputation for their orange excavators...

The 100 Club
The 100 Club

Weighing in with an operating weight of a little over 160t, the rigid body Caterpillar 777G is now considered the minnow of most mining fleets....

Sogo shosha (go on, Google it!)
Sogo shosha (go on, Google it!)

Perhaps best known for their diggers, Hitachi produce one of the most comprehensive range of excavators in the market...

Lots to love about the Liebherr T 284
Lots to love about the Liebherr T 284

Relatively lightweight but strong and nimble, the Liebherr T 284 mining truck is a winner when it comes to productivity and efficiency...

Cat 789D: Customisable design for improved performance
Cat 789D: Customisable design for improved performance

Caterpillar's 789D mining truck builds on over 30 years of proven performance for the 789 model...

Beware the sleeping giant
Beware the sleeping giant

Komatsu have a venerable reputation in relation to their electric drive AC haul trucks...

New kid on the block
New kid on the block

If you haven't heard there's a new kid coming to town. A bit of a superstar, he's sharpened his look and now simply wants to be known as D11...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

I often chuckle, the BelAZ is Australia's most photographed truck that you've never seen (and are never likely to see) on an Australian mine site...

Liebherr's Mining Power
Liebherr's Mining Power

Is it just me or do Liebherr produce good looking equipment? In their distinctive white (sometimes a yellowy orange) their machines are immediately recognisable on any mine site...

Behind the wheel of Caterpillar's 797F Haul Truck
Behind the wheel of Caterpillar's 797F Haul Truck

Alongside excavators and rope shovels, haul trucks are the ultimate workhorses of an open cut mining operation. Transporting load after load these machines regularly complete 6,000 hours a month...

Mining sites are home to some pretty spectacular machines valued at millions of dollars. Because they're used in remote, highly controlled locations, many people don't get up close to these enormous vehicles or see what they're capable of...

Could this be the way of the future?
Could this be the way of the future?

Change rarely occurs in one large leap. What appears to be spontaneous and easy, is often as a result of many small steps undertaken over extended periods of time...

VOLVO - Very Odd Looking Vehicular Object
VOLVO - Very Odd Looking Vehicular Object

A true 100t work horse, this truck is in a hotly contested segment of the market...

A machine that likes it all ways
A machine that likes it all ways

Of all the earthmoving kit rolling around out there, the scraper must be the strangest of them all...

Orange is the new black
Orange is the new black

Hitachi's diggers have always been held in high regard in Australia. In the Valley, they operate across many sites that by and large include their popular EX2600, EX3600 and EX5600...

Cutting through the red tape
Cutting through the red tape

While not always red in colour, Cummins' range of mining engines are utilised both above and below ground...

Making its mark
Making its mark

Continuing our review of Caterpillar's mining machines, this month we look at their 994K wheel loader...

Smooth Operator
Smooth Operator

In the nineties, caterpillar first identified the need for larger graders for maintaining haul roads used by heavy-duty haul trucks....

Tram vs Truck
Tram vs Truck

Have you ever considered what would occur if a tram and large haul truck came together in perfect matrimony? A trolley truck...

Where less is more
Where less is more

As a vanguard in onsite machine transportation, this is where Sleipner made their name, with a design so simple, that it fundamentally challenged the traditional concept of excavator logistics...

Bragging rights
Bragging rights

In keeping with the theme of innovation, this month I take a look at the Finnish designed and manufactured Sleipner DB120 trailer...

Have you ever
Have you ever

Have you ever wondered what it is that makes 'us' Aussies so innovative? Be it our isolation from the rest of the world, or simple willingness to roll-up our sleeves and get on with the job, we've a reputation for innovation...

The Beast
The Beast

Looking more like a creation from 'Mad Max', this machine is unlike any other that you may have seen before....

Imitation, The Sincerest Form of Flattery
Imitation, The Sincerest Form of Flattery

Sounding more like the name of a counter intelligence agency, the Liebherr PR 776 dozer may not have the same sweet ring to its name as a Caterpillar D10T dozer however, it’s a machine worthy of keeping your eyes on...

A matter of brand (or is it?)
A matter of brand (or is it?)

Hands up who owns a Holden Colorado or an Isuzu D-Max? Better still, anyone here placed an order for the new Mercedes Benz X-Class ute arriving in 2018...

Apex Predator
Apex Predator

To keep this machine working reliably, required four shift crews, with seven employees per crew. each crew with an operator, oiler, electrician, welder, general labourer and two groundmen ...

ACDC
ACDC

You know what, we've got to give it to ourselves and our forefathers before us, 'we' humans are pretty smart...

The Afterlife
The Afterlife

Since the early ages, humans have questioned 'The Afterlife', the concept that an essential part of an individual's identity continues to exist after death. Not so for equipment owners,...

Love has no colour
Love has no colour

Today I intend to touch upon a raw nerve, an undercurrent of beliefs that baffle the most ardent of specialists...

A Master Manipulator
A Master Manipulator

Changing a flat tyre on your car can be difficult at the best of times however, give a thought to the mining crews...

Expansion of Services and Support in Australia
Expansion of Services and Support in Australia

It is with pleasure we advise the market of our expansion of services and support in Australia...

Cheap at Half the Price
Cheap at Half the Price

With the mantra of 'cash is king' and the core focus of cost savings, equipment owners, maintenance teams and miners have re-evaluated their alternatives and in recent years increasingly purchased used and rebuilt components...

The King of the Jungle
The King of the Jungle

While no one would argue that they're not an engineering marvel, the machines designed to load these trucks are in many rights the top of the apex and the kings of their jungle...

Ultra by Name, Ultra by Class
Ultra by Name, Ultra by Class

Mention the word ultra and one might naturally think of something large or extreme in nature. Defined, the word 'ultra' means 'going beyond what is usual or ordinary; excessive; extreme'...

Innovation in Manufacturing
Innovation in Manufacturing

Looking back to early 1900's and comparing what car manufacturing is today. I can't help but wonder, have we lost the attention to detail while pushing the pace on production time...

What's Big, Gray, White and Shiny
What's Big, Gray, White and Shiny

What was simply undeniable is that Liebherr clearly know how to market their machines and as history would suggest, they also know how to build products that dominate market segments...

A Machine for All Occasions
A Machine for All Occasions

Proving why they are world leaders in the biggest and baddest machines in the world, Caterpillar presented perhaps the widest range of machines of any manufacturer at MINExpo 2016.

Why Komatsu trumped Cat at their own game
Why Komatsu trumped Cat at their own game

One could only imagine Cat's surprise at this year's MINExpo when Komatsu commissioned their 'Innovative Autonomous Haulage Vehicle'.

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