Caterpillar mining machines benefit from RCT driverless tech


Canada’s largest diversified mining company, Teck Resources, is deploying RCT’s clever remote technology on its Caterpillar machines – taking humans out of particularly hazardous environments in the process.

The Control Master teleremote system is being installed on a Cat D11T dozer and a 390D hydraulic excavator – the first time the technology has been deployed on such a machine – working at a steel-making coal operation in the Elk Valley region of British Columbia.

Operating at the open pit coal truck and shovel operation, the smart solution supports safe production as equipment can be operated remotely in areas that deemed unsafe for human operators.

Seemless integration
RCT integrated a communication network into Teck’s existing wireless network to facilitate the remote functions of the machines. In addition, RCT’s custom department played a part in the project as it was the first excavator of this model that the company has completed an install on.

RCT’s vice president of business development for Canada, Vern Deveau said, “The solution provided to Teck met the client’s requirements and operators were impressed with the custom solutions.

“In addition, RCT’s solutions effortlessly connected to Coal Mountain’s network infrastructure, making the remote features seamless.”

The project and training were delivered ahead of schedule with positive feedback received from Teck staff on-site and the company is now also assessing the viability of implementing the same technology at other operations it is involved in.

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