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Caterpillar Featured on Tomorrow's World Today
In this episode, Field Reporter David Carmine heads to Peoria, IL to learn about the past, present, and future of autonomous mining at Caterpillar. The episode focuses on the different levels of automation available and explores the benefits of autonomous mining, which is not only helping keep people safe, but also lowering production costs and increasing productivity.
Carmine first meets with Denise Johnson, Resource Industries Group President of Caterpillar, who explains the evolution of mining, focusing on how their autonomous vehicles have revolutionized the industry, specifically the development of the Edison Award winning Cat Command remote-controlled technology.
On surface mine sites, autonomous trucks can help make cycle times more consistent while ensuring that equipment operates within prescribed parameters. Underground, operators based in remotely located control stations can load and dump material under tele-remote control. Then, Caterpillar's load-haul-dump machines steer autonomously during hauling, minimizing accidental contact with mine walls. In some cases, sidewall collisions that would normally result in machine damage have been reduced to zero.
"Caterpillar customers have the largest fleet of autonomous trucks in the world running 24/7 in some of the most remote and rugged locations. Our global experts work shoulder to shoulder with our customers to help them improve safety and productivity,"
Next, Carmine has a chance to try autonomous mining technology to show the viewer exactly how the technology is being used in the field at the Tinaja Hills Demonstration and Learning Center just outside of Tucson, Arizona. He tries out the 797F mining truck that stands 25' tall and 49' long and carries a payload of 401-tons.
Season Four, Episode Four of Tomorrow's World Today, featuring Caterpillar, will air on Saturday, August 14 at 8:30 am EST on Science and Sunday, August 15 at 6:30 am on Discovery. It will be available to stream on DiscoveryGo and ScienceGo the following week.
About Tomorrow's World Today
Tomorrow's World Today is an Emmy-nominated television show that focuses on finding a better way for us to live more sustainable lives. We spotlight the latest in technology and sustainability in four different areas: inspiration, creation, innovation, and production and our field reporters travel the world in search of the innovative pioneers who are utilizing our natural and technological resources.