Caterpillar produces 5000th 793 mining truck
In production since 1991, truck number 5,000 represents the fifth generation of the 793
Caterpillar recently completed assembly of the 5000th Cat 793 mining truck. In production since 1991, truck number 5,000 represents the fifth generation of the 793 and it will be delivered to a mining customer in Australia. The largest populations of 793s are operating in Australia, North America and South America where the trucks work to mine iron ore, copper, coal, gold and other minerals. One of the longest-running 793s was built in 1992 and has accumulated 173,000 operating hours, nearly 20 years equivalent, as it works in a mine in the US.
Sudhanshu Singh, global product manager, large mining trucks, said: “The 793’s success is a direct result of collaboration with customers, Cat dealers and cross functional teams within the Caterpillar organisation who have worked to optimise the performance of Cat trucks in a wide range of applications. Our very first 793 truck, placed in service 27 years ago, is still in service delivering best-in-class cost per ton.”
The most recent generation, the 793F, is developed for autonomous operation. More than 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStar. Most of the autonomous trucks are operating in iron ore mines in Western Australia, though Cat autonomous truck fleets are growing in South America and North America. Cat autonomous trucks have hauled more than 800 million tons (700 million tonnes) since the first such trucks started working about four years ago.