Monitoring Service Keeps a 24/7 Eye on Equipment Operators

A fatigue-monitoring analyst examines incoming data at Cat’s around-the-clock monitoring center.Caterpillar has launched an around-the-clock equipment operator monitoring service offering customers the ability to monitor what it describes as the “primary variable” impacting their operations―the human factor. Through in-cab and wearable safety technologies, Caterpillar said it now can provide customers with visibility to both machine and operator information. Inside Caterpillar’s 24/7 Monitoring Center, analysts correlate data about the health and productivity of operators and equipment to reveal the level of conditions such as fatigue and distraction and their impact on operations.

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Study Points at Crisis in Mineral Exploration

A competent, comprehensive and efficient exploration program is an important element in just about any mineral producer’s business survival plan. A recently released study by a major consulting group suggests that this crucial activity has weakened throughout the industry to the point of crisis.

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Mobile Apps Provide Flexibility for Mine Reporting Tasks

In line with a growing corporate trend toward flatter, quicker intra- and intercompany communications structures and the need for on-the-spot data recording and reporting capabilities for supervisory and field workers, a number of mobile computing platforms—along with individual, industry-tailored specific apps—are popping up in the marketplace, aimed at highly regulated, data-intensive industries such as mining.

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MSHA Workplace Examinations Become a Front-burner Issue for US Metal/Nonmetal Mines

MSHA Workplace Examinations Become a Front-burner Issue for US Metal/Nonmetal MinesBy Kelby Thomas Gray

In late 2014, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published its regulatory agenda for 2015. In June, MSHA was scheduled to begin considering how operators perform workplace examinations via a request for information from stakeholders to address fatalities in the metal/nonmetal side of the industry.

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