Pybar tests Cat loader underground

Mining services company Pybar is conducting the world-first underground trial of the new Cat R1700 loader at Ramelius Resources’ Vivien mine in Western Australia
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Staff reporter

PRESS RELEASE: The new Cat R1700 loader, launched to market last year at MINExpo, is expected to deliver significant productivity and efficiency benefits to underground mining operations.

It features multiple engine configurations, a new ergonomic operator cabin, greater payload, a compact profile, efficient power train and durability to deliver low cost-per-tonne truck loading and load-haul-dump production, Pybar confirmed.

The trial at Vivien, part of the contractor’s ongoing innovation programme, will see the machine complete 2,000 hours of development works over a six-to-seven month period. Caterpillar has manufactured just six of these machines to date with Pybar the first to trial one underground in Australia.

The loader arrived at Vivien on October 19, and fitter and operator familiarisation was carried out prior to it making its way underground.

Pybar’s plant manager Scott Marsden said: “The machine is performing well at present with decreased cycle times already being achieved due to increased payload and hydraulic power. Operator feedback has also been positive.

“The operational and maintenance experience our teams will gain over the trial period will enable us to optimise the new R1700’s capabilities, creating even greater value for our clients.”