Cat unleashes new hydraulic mining shovel

600t class behemoth offers payload of 61t per pass along with durability, fuel efficiency and operator comfort

The next generation Cat 6060 hydraulic mining shovel features multiple design enhancements and new components that advance machine performance, durability, serviceability and operator comfort. The new 6060 features updated engines, optimised hydraulics, heavy duty structures and undercarriage, Cat electronics and a state-of-the-art cab. The new shovel is also fully integrated into Caterpillar product support systems for efficient Cat dealer services.

The 600t class mining shovel has a bucket payload of about 61t per pass in both face shovel and backhoe configurations. The 6060 is an efficient four-pass match with the Cat 793 mining truck and five-pass match with the Cat 794 AC mining truck.

Twin Cat 3512E engines are optimised for high performance, fuel efficient operation and increased durability. The updated engine design boosts reliability and extends time between overhauls by 10%. The efficient engine and optimised hydraulics enable 10-15% better fuel efficiency compared to the previous face shovel model, with 3-5% greater efficiency for the backhoe configuration. For reduced maintenance, engine oil and filter change intervals are doubled to 1,000 hours.

Structural, undercarriage and slew ring upgrades help maximize uptime and productivity and lower cost per ton. To boost longevity, the Cat undercarriage features heavy duty rollers, idlers and tracks, along with a revised track tensioning system. The superstructure frame, face shovel and backhoe attachment structures have been redesigned to reduce structural repair and extend service life via increased plate thicknesses and geometrical improvements. The slew ring design extends component life with a triple-race roller bearing and sealed internal gearing.

The 6060 features a new, state-of-the-art cab and operator station with industry leading visibility provided by the large floor window and expansive windshield and side windows. Unrestricted lines of sight to the crawler tracks and pit floor aid the operator when repositioning the shovel and when loading trucks.

Sensors located throughout the 6060 monitor operating data, record faults and give audible and visual notifications of issues to the operator. Standard for the first time on the 6060, Product Link Elite enables data communication for remote machine health monitoring. The 6060 comes ready to accept Cat MineStar™ Solutions, a comprehensive suite of mining technologies geared to enhance mine safety, improve efficiency and reduce operating costs.

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