Cat R1700 Underground Loader to Boost Productivity at Dargues

Cat R1700 Underground Loader to Boost Productivity at Dargues

July 25, 2019
CAT R1700 loader, Innovation, Mining, Underground Mining

Improved productivity has been a key driver in the PYBAR decision to introduce the Cat® R1700 underground loader to its operations at Dargues Gold Mine in late 2019 / early 2020. Performance trials at the Vivien Gold Mine last year, measuring the R1700 against the R1700G highlighted positive productivity trends.

Trials conducted on the Cat® underground loaders at Vivien Gold Mine in June last year focused on performance, weight and volume with key aspects analysed being payload and productivity, cycle times and fuel burn.

Pile times and the number of passes to get an adequate bucket fill factor to optimise productivity were compared and analysed, and comparisons were made between average payloads, the number of passes into each truck, and truck load time.

Productivity data was gathered by weighing each individual truck and averaging the R1700 and R1700G payloads by the number of passes. On average, the R1700 was more productive with an average bucket load of 12.08 tonne versus the 9.08 tonne of the R1700G.

The R1700 also delivered higher average payloads being brought to the surface with an average payload of 38.26 tonne versus 36.18 tonne for the R1700G.

“Observations and data gathered show that the R1700 is a more productive machine,” said PYBAR Chief Services Officer, Andrew Rouse.

“It can load the bucket efficiently with minimum rehandle and also has less tyre spin when loading with the help of traction control”.

Some comparisons between the two loaders:

  • The R1700 averaged 3 minutes 46 seconds in a full loading cycle, 1 minute 26 seconds (33%) less than the R1700G
  • The R1700 took an average 29 seconds to load a bucket, 19 seconds (40%) less than the R1700G 
  • The R1700 loaded 12.8 tonnes per bucket of ore, 3.7 tonnes (29%) more than the R1700G
  • The R1700 bucket fill factor for ore of 64%, 10% more than the R1700G; and  
  • The R1700 bucket fill factor for waste was 69%, 8% more than the R1700G.

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