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DEC 2018

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46 December 2018 suppliers news continued The virtual tour video was unveiled at Double Coin's 2018 Customer Apprecia- tion Event during SEMA. Cat's Autonomous Haulage Program Improves Shortly after its closest competitor an- nounced 2 billion metric tons (mt) hauled autonomously, Cat announced its auton- omous haul trucks recently reached the 1-billion-mt milestone. The company de- ployed its first six autonomous trucks Min- eStar Command for hauling in 2013, and the fleet has now grown to more than 150. "Command for hauling has proven its value to mining customers," said Sean McGinnis, product manager, Cat Mining Technology. "That value is reflected in the rate at which the Cat autonomous fleet achieved this milestone. The fleet is grow- ing quickly and production continues to climb as mining companies benefit from greater truck productivity, increased truck utilization, consistent truck operation and reduced costs. "No lost time injuries have been at- tributed to Cat autonomous haulage," McGinnis said. Command for hauling has demonstrated how it enhances safety by eliminating truck operating errors and by reducing the number of people working in the active mining area." The current Cat autonomous truck fleet is primarily composed of Cat 793F trucks, which carry a 227-mt payload. But the range of truck models is expanding. Caterpillar has developed and is deploying autonomous 363-mt Cat 797F and 181-mt Cat 789D haul trucks. Ametek Acquires Spectro Spectro Scientific, a larger supplier of fluid analysis instrumentation and software, has been purchased by AMETEK, Inc. A private- ly held company headquartered in Chelms- ford, Massachusetts, Spectro has annual sales of approximately $50 million and was acquired for approximately $190 million. "Our mission over the last several years has been to focus on new technology devel- opment; strategic company and product ac- quisitions; and the continual improvement of Spectro products, providing our custom- ers with the most advanced, precise and convenient fluid analysis tools possible," Spectro Scientific President and CEO Brian Mitchell said. "To accomplish that, the dedi- cation of our employees and global partners has been nothing short of astounding. Our customers can be assured that the legacy of support and innovation will continue." "Spectro is an excellent acquisition for AMETEK," said David A. Zapico, chairman and CEO, AMETEK. "Their differentiated solutions serve an increasing need for pre- dictive maintenance in a broad and grow- ing set of end markets, including military and defense, process industrial, power generation and transportation. Spectro's solution offering nicely complements our strategy to integrate instrumentation data into cloud-based software and analytics." Spectro will join AMETEK as part of its Electronic Instruments Group, a leader in advanced analytical, monitoring, testing, ©2018 Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. All Rights Reserved. WOUNDED WARRIOR MARK LALLI Wounded Warrior Project helps veterans turn devastation into motivation. SUPPORT WOUNDED VETERANS AT A Cat 793F operates autonomously at a Fortescue iron ore mine in Western Australia.

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