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Define Your Mine With the Cat® Minestar System

Available in South Carolina exclusively from Blanchard Machinery, the Cat Minestar system represents the cutting edge of mine management technology. Flexible, powerful and intuitive, Minestar is a comprehensive solution for overseeing your fleet, guiding your operations, safety management and much more.

Ideal for use in both surface and underground operations, Minestar is fully integrated with the current generation of Cat machinery. Even if you’re not using the latest Cat equipment, Minestar can drive your productivity, streamline your operations and ultimately lead to increased profits.

Modular Functionality for All Aspects of Mine Management

At the heart of the Minestar system is a series of five modules covering the most important aspects of managing your mine:

Fleet: Fleet puts the tools you need to oversee your equipment at your fingertips. Remotely assign and track machinery and manage grading, hauling, loading and auxiliary equipment operations. Fleet is ideal for use in multi-site operations where managing equipment remotely is essential.

Terrain: Using Terrain, operators can improve productivity with guided technology to manage drilling, dragline and loading operations. Get real-time feedback about the efficiency of your operations that can be used for drill and site planning, blasting and ore control and more.

  • Terrain for Drilling (formerly Aquila Drilling Systems) - Terrain for drilling uses high-precision GNSS guidance to direct the execution of drill patterns, while enabling remote monitoring of drilling activities.
  • Terrain for Draglines - Terrain for draglines employs GNSS guidance and on-board monitoring to ensure that material gets moved to the right location the first time.
  • Terrain for Grading - Terrain for grading is a versatile machine guidance and monitoring system that works to decrease survey costs and increase machine productivity.
  • Terrain for Loading (formerly CAES) - Terrain for grading is a versatile machine guidance and monitoring system that works to decrease survey costs and increase machine productivity.

Detect: Detect is a critical safety component that can greatly reduce the risk of on-the-job injuries and incidents. Detect can be implemented in most heavy- and light-duty equipment, both by Caterpillar® and other companies, to increase operator awareness, particularly in reduced-visibility situations.

Health: Health is your tool for ensuring your equipment assets are properly maintained and functioning well at all times. Featuring diagnostic, reporting and analytic tools, Health can be used to prevent breakdowns and maintain compliance with regulatory and internal standards.

Command: Command combines the above functionalities into a self-contained module that makes the safe and efficient operation of autonomous and semi-autonomous equipment assets simple. Presently, Command is available only for certain Cat load-haul dump machines, off-highway trucks and other machinery, though future releases will include support for more equipment.

For more information about Minestar or other advances in mining technology, contact Blanchard Machinery today. As the only authorized Caterpillar dealer for South Carolina, we are your exclusive source for the latest Cat products and more!