Caterpillar's MineStar Detect Object Detection systems
First publishedin Aggregates Business Europe
Caterpillar has announced that its Cat MineStar Detect Object Detection systems will now be available on additional Cat machines and virtually all brands of mobile surface mining equipment. Previously unsupported Cat machines, as well as other brands of machines, can now be equipped with the cameras, radars and in-cab displays that deliver increased site awareness to mobile equipment operators.
Cat MineStar Detect Object Detection kits are available with one to four cameras and as many as eight radars for applications ranging from small auxiliary equipment to ultra-class mining trucks. Functionality is said to remain the same as with the proven Cat MineStar system equipping Cat mining trucks from the factory. The system is also available as a factory option on several Cat wheeled loaders and wheeled dozers. The expanded line of Cat Minestar retrofit kits offers enhanced safety and standardisation of mixed machine fleets, benefiting operators and maintenance technicians. The Cat MineStar Detect Object Detection system is said, by the U.S. mining and quarrying equipment giant, to be wholly contained on the machine.
The Cat MineStar solution is fully supported by Cat dealers and designed to work during machine start-up and low-speed travel. The system employs radar capabilities to automatically detect hazards such as other equipment or vehicles within critical zones around the machine: in front, at the rear and each side. Cat MineStar also presents specific camera views to show the operator where potential hazards are detected.
A proximity bar on the in-cab display flashes yellow or red, depending on the distance of the detected object.