Offering more drive options, the new Cat 6040 hydraulic mining shovel features an added engine configuration that meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 Final and European Union (EU) Stage V emission standards. The new configuration includes two Cat C32 engines, offering a total gross power rating of 1,550 kilowatts (kW) (2,079 hp). The engine package includes maintenance-free Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOC) and does not require Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)/AdBlue or Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF).

The new Product Link Elite, which connects with Cat’s MineStar Solutions, comes standard on the 6040 shovel. The system delivers enhanced communication through a dual-data path, allowing data transfer to both the local server and cloud simultaneously. Cat’s next generation of onboard hardware, Product Link Elite features an easy-to-configure interface and customizable data-push frequency. Information transfer from the equipment can be configured via cellular, satellite or mine network connection to meet the mine site’s needs.

The new 6040 shovel delivers increased uptime with its heavy-duty undercarriage. Improved heavy-duty load rollers and idlers now feature duo cone seals, steel-back bronze bearings and fixed-axle technology to increase service life and eliminate overheating during travel. Track pad, tensioning and wear updates deliver a higher level of durability and reliability to lower operating costs. Retrofit kits for the heavy-duty rollers are available for field units to improve existing fleet reliability.

The machine can be equipped for backhoe or front shovel applications. Its attachments feature high-strength steel and castings, joined and thermally stressed-relieved, to extend service life and achieve production targets. With its 39.6-metric-ton (43.7-ton) bucket payload, the 6040 shovel offers four-pass match with Cat 785, five-pass match with Cat 789 and six-pass match with Cat 793 mining trucks.

For the first time, the new Cat 6040 fully integrates the undercarriage, engine module, superstructure mainframe, carbody and crawler frames, hydraulic lines and motors, and counterweight into Caterpillar systems to improve servicing efficiency and parts sourcing. The new shovel displays the Cat Modern Hex graphics and will drop the “FS” suffix to model nomenclature for face shovel configurations.