Through retrofit kits, Caterpillar is expanding availability of its MineStar Detect object detection systems not only to more Cat machines but to “virtually all brands of mobile surface mining equipment,” the company announced.
The system can be outfitted with 1 to 4 cameras and as many as 8 radars on small auxiliary equipment to ultra class mining trucks. Cat says these kits provide the same functionality as MineStar Detect which is available on Cat mining trucks from the factory and as a factory option on several Cat wheel loaders and wheel dozers.
Cat Detect works during machine startup and when a machine is traveling at low speeds, using radar to detect equipment, vehicles and other hazards within critical zones around the machine: front, rear and side. Using the onboard cameras, the system gives operators a view of the specific zones where hazards are detected while proximity bar on the in-cab display flashes yellow or red depending on the distance of the detected object.
Cat notes that the system is wholly contained on the machine and does not require the installation or operation of any off-board infrastructure. It also features full support at Cat dealers.
For more information on these kits, you can contact your local Cat dealer or head to cat.com/minestar.