Caterpillar and FTP Solutions have developed a cooperative agreement to deliver proactive monitoring and management of mining technology applications and the networks that these products depend on. FTP Solutions, based in Perth/Australia, currently offers products and services for monitoring and supporting site communications.
The collaborative work will make best use of the proprietary technology developed by each company to deliver best-in-class site solutions for mining customers. The integrated solutions will be offered as part of Cat® MineStar™ System.
In practice, Caterpillar and FTP Solutions have been working together to optimize wireless networks at mine sites running Cat Command, a capability set within Cat MineStar System, and will now apply these solutions to the networks installed at sites running other MineStar applications – fleet, terrain and detect. The effectiveness of the monitoring system and the collaborative effort is expected to deliver an improvement in the effort required to manage and maintain site networks. The sum of the efficiencies gained are expected to lower cost per ton.
Caterpillar and FTP Solutions started offering their joint services in Australia in 2017 and are expanding to all mining regions in 2018.