Herding Cats

MINING services provider Thiess, original equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, and Western Australia and New South Wales Caterpillar dealer WesTrac have partnered on an autonomous drilling system that allows three Cat drill rigs to be remotely operated by a single operator.

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Remote operator controlling three Cat drill rigs from WesTrac Tomago.

The system is controlled by an operator working from a remote onsite operating centre, with commands directed to the three drill rigs simultaneously, instructing them to start single-row autonomous



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