Caterpillar Focuses on Technology, Sustainability at MINExpo

Caterpillar’s MINExpo experience features equipment and technology that drives sustainability, increases productivity and delivers effective lifecycle management solutions

Themed “Together, We’re Mining Better,” Caterpillar’s MINExpo 2021 experience celebrates the company’s partnership with mines and the ways it assists customers to mine more efficiently, effectively, safely and sustainably. 

The exhibit will be grouped under three specific core areas: environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) and sustainability; technology and automation; and equipment lifecycle management solutions. 

“After waiting an extra year, the mining industry is ready to reconnect at MINExpo. We are excited to show our customers and the industry the advancements Caterpillar has made not only in equipment, technology and services but also in how we are helping customers mine more sustainably,” said Caterpillar Resource Industries Group President Denise Johnson. “While we are eager to exhibit in Las Vegas, we recognize that many of our dealers and customers will not be able to travel to the show. Therefore, we are also creating a digital Caterpillar experience at, where we will place MINExpo-specific content.” 

Central to Caterpillar’s commitment to mining better together is helping customers meet their ESG goals and build sustainable mine sites of the future. Recognizing that one size doesn’t fit all, Caterpillar has followed a strategic approach with a long-term vision of discovering, developing and delivering a broad portfolio of products, technologies, services and solutions. This portfolio allows Caterpillar to provide a full site approach, which combines offerings with integration expertise to identify and provide the best possible solution for each specific mine. 

Vital to the vision of the all-electric underground mine of the future, the new Cat R1700 XE LHD will feature 100% battery electric propulsion that generates significantly less heat and noise. It offers a 15-tonne (16.5-ton) payload, 24 190-kg (53,330-lb.) lift and tilt breakout force, and 18 km/h (11.2 mph) top speed. To optimize runtime and improve safety, batteries stay on the machine for charging. 

Fully charging the R1700 XE in as little as 20 minutes, the new portable Cat MEC500 Mobile Equipment Charger is the first of its kind in the industry. It can be moved via towing, fork truck, or the R1700 XE LHD and eliminates the need for regular battery handling and swapping. 

The new R2900 XE LHD diesel-electric drive train on display features a significant reduction in maintenance and repair costs, while minimizing emissions. Its redesigned lift arm and components delivers up to a 39% improved lift breakout force over the R2900G, making this model up to 31 tonnes per liter more fuel efficient. 

The recently introduced Cat 992 Wheel Loader delivers up to a 32% increase in productivity. It reduces maintenance costs by up to 10% and has demonstrated in field testing up to 48% greater payload-per-fuel efficiency in applications where a four-pass match to 90.7-tonne (100-ton) trucks was achieved versus five passes with the 992K wheel loader. 

Caterpillar is committed to helping its customers with their energy transitions, and the MINExpo exhibit will include a range of renewable and storable power displays, including the Cat Microgrid system. The Cat 3516 engine will feature dynamic gas blending (DGB), which allows mines to save fuel and reduce emissions without sacrificing diesel performance. 

Representing the Caterpillar fleet of autonomous trucks, the displayed Cat 794 AC electric drive will be factory-installed with Cat MineStar Command for hauling. Recently, autonomous trucks using Command for hauling surpassed 3 billion tons of material hauled, safely traveling more than 110 million 68.3 million miles. 


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