Caterpillar and Luck Stone advance autonomy in the aggregates industry
Caterpillar will collaborate with Luck Stone to deploy Caterpillar's autonomous technology to Luck Stone's Bull Run plant in Chantilly, Virginia. While Cat's autonomous technology has already made a large presence in the mining industry, this will be Caterpillar's first autonomous deployment in the aggregates industry. The deployment will expand the company's autonomous truck fleet to include the 100-ton-class (90-tonne-class) Cat 777.
Caterpillar will implement its existing Cat MineStar Command for Hauling system at the Bull Run quarry on a fleet of 777G trucks. The implementation will enable Caterpillar to learn how to further integrate autonomy into an aggregates operation. The collaboration is a step toward customizing future autonomous equipment to fit the specific needs of quarry and aggregate operations
"Luck Stone and Caterpillar's partnership has been grounded in shared values for many years," says Charlie Luck, president and CEO of Luck Companies. "Together we believe that safety, innovation, and a commitment to people are critical, not only to propelling important projects like this, but to ensuring our focus on the future and all of the exciting possibilities technology affords our industry. Our collaboration will provide opportunities for associates to learn and grow, improve safety and result in production efficiencies. We are thrilled to partner with Caterpillar to achieve this ‘first' for our industry."
"Caterpillar has a long-standing relationship with Luck Stone, and we look forward to working together to bring the demonstrated benefits of increased safety and productivity to the quarry industry. We're excited to get in the dirt and work alongside Luck Stone's innovative team, so we can learn how to scale our already proven mining solution for another industry," says Denise Johnson, Caterpillar Group president of resource industries.
The current autonomy equipment will be implemented in 2024.
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