Caterpillar has completed the assembly of the 5000th Cat® 793 mining truck. Caterpillar data demonstrates that the milestone production figure far exceeds the manufacture of any other brand of 227 t size class truck. In production since 1991, truck number 5000 represents the fifth generation of the 793.
Caterpillar Vice President of the Surface Mining & Technology Division, Jean Savage, said: “The 793 mining truck is the core of Cat surface mining vehicles,” during a ceremony at the Decatur, Illinois, USA manufacturing facility.
“The 793 has been an integral part of making Caterpillar the leading supplier of surface mining equipment. I thank the assembly team as well as those who developed the truck and those who support the trucks working in mines around the world.”
“The success of the 793 supports our belief that it is the most productive and cost-effective mining truck in a wide range of applications,” said Caterpillar’s Global Product Manager, Large Mining Trucks, Sudhanshu Singh.
“The 793’s success is a direct result of collaboration with customers, Cat dealers and cross functional teams within the Caterpillar organisation — who have worked to optimise the performance of Cat trucks in a wide range of applications. Our very first 793 truck, placed in service 27 years ago, is still in service delivering best-in-class cost per ton.”
The 5000th 793 truck is to be delivered to a mining customer in Australia. The greatest number of 793s are operating in Australia, North America and South America where the trucks work to mine iron ore, copper, coal, gold and other minerals.
The 793 has built a strong reputation for durability. One of the longest-running 793s was built in 1992 and has accumulated 173 000 operating hours — nearly 20 years equivalent — as it works in a mine in the US.
The most recent generation, the 793F, has been the truck of choice for autonomous operations. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStar™. Most of the autonomous trucks are operating in iron ore mines in Western Australia, though Cat autonomous truck fleets are growing in South America and North America. Interest in autonomous haulage continues to grow, because Cat autonomous trucks have delivered productivity increases of more than 20% while improving safety and reducing costs. Cat autonomous trucks have hauled more than 700 million t since the first such trucks started working about four years ago.
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