A 91-tonne capacity off-highway truck will be one of the machines showcased by Caterpillar at the 11th International Mining & Machinery Exhibition (IMME) in Kolkata, India this week (December 5-8).

The global mining equipment company will present its significant range of products to delegates at the three-day forum. Two regional licensed dealers - Tractors India Private (TIPL) and Gmmco - will showcase the unmatched product support available through Cat dealers.

After the 2011 acquisition of Bucyrus, Cat’s surface mining machines now include hydraulic and electric shovels, draglines and blasthole drills. These features have added to the already renowned line of Cat mining trucks, wheel-tractor scrapers and other support equipment as well as longwall roof supports, armoured face conveyors and room-and-pillar equipment for underground and soft rock mining.

Cat’s underground hard rock highwall miner is designed to expose coal seams and economically recover coal without removing the overlying burden. The company says these features result in its products being used on more mine sites across the world than any other equipment.

Three of Cat’s mining trucks will be on display at IMME, including the 770G off-road highway truck. This model is designed for demanding construction, quarry and mining applications, featuring an efficient Cat engine and drive train to deliver high production. The options list available for fitting in the machine allows customers to configure their trucks to match their business.

Cat’s most popular off-highway truck, the 777D will also be on display. It has a 91-tonne capacity for use in heavy construction, quarrying and mining.

“More than 14,000 Cat 777s have gone to work since Caterpillar introduced the model in 1974, and the 777 fleet has accumulated about 550 million operating hours – a testament to its reliability and durability,” says Cat’s chairman Doug Oberhelman.

“Similarly, the 773B off-highway truck on display demonstrates the durability and low life-cycle costs that Cat trucks achieve. The truck has accumulated about 60,000 operating hours and has been rebuilt by Cat dealers to perform as new. The rebuilt 773B, with 54 tonnes payload capacity, is a single example of the capabilities that Cat dealers bring to bear to help customers keep costs down and productivity up,” he says.

Delegates will also be able to see a 988H wheel loader first-hand, which features a payload of 11.4 tonnes and a new positive flow control implement hydraulic system which is designed to boost loading performance and save fuel.


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