New Mining-class Shovel for Small- to Medium-size Operations

Cat said its new 6015B hydraulic shovel— currently available only in a backhoe configuration— delivers a productivity advantage over other 100-ton shovels, with the most powerful engine in its class, a large standard bucket and payload capacity of 14.6 metric tons (mt). The design translates to fast cycles and a pass match advantage over leading standard-equipped shovels in its class when loading trucks of 55-, 65- and 90-mt capacities. The 6015B is equipped with a single Cat C27 ACERT engine that provides 606 kW (800 hp) of rated power. With its 8.1-m3 standard bucket, the 6015B is optimized to fill a Cat 773 truck in four passes, a 775 in five passes, and a 777 in seven passes. These truck models are commonly found in small to mid-size mining operations.

The 6015B is built upon the robust 5110B platform. The boom and stick utilize high-strength steel and rugged castings that are joined and thermally stress relieved for optimum structural life and resistance to impact and wear in difficult digging conditions. Box section design provides superior rigidity and strength, and heavy-duty castings are used in high load areas to add exceptional strength and durability. The 6015B swing system includes a unique cross roller bearing with sealed internal gearing, connected to an automatic lubrication system. Adding further to reliability, the undercarriage is a Caterpillar design that leverages proven Cat components. A newly designed hydraulic filtration system has been incorporated into the 6015B design. A separate kidney loop provides continuous filtration and optimum oil cleanliness at all times, ensuring consistent oil cleanliness for dependable hydraulic system performance.

The 6015B features conveniently located access and egress with walkways for safe movement around the machine and an optional 45° powered access stairway. The cab is pressurized to keep dust out, and the climate control system is fully automatic, allowing for consistent in-cab temperature and operator comfort in any weather conditions. The controls are ergonomic with adjustable joystick console height, independent of the seat, to suit operator preference.

As featured in Womp 2016 Vol 02 -