The ability to implement an efficient, reliable machine monitoring system in mining fleets allows for companies to have more transparency when it comes to productivity and downtime. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) can have their own on-board weighing system installed in specific models such as wheel loaders or dump trucks, however there is also an abundance of aftermarket options suitable for several different models or applications. Generally there will be a variety of machinery makes in your fleet, which is why consolidating your fleet to use one software application will have obvious advantages. In a time starved world, having all your productivity data in one program seems a lot more manageable and efficient.
On-board computerized systems are more prevalent across mine sites and are becoming a key requirement for mining operators in allowing precision performance tracking. In some cases they’re a mandatory technology implemented to track performance and relay feedback to operators. Not only does the technology benefit overall productivity and operations, it also has proven to be a significant tool to address cultural change with operators becoming more safety aware and compliant. On-board computers are a progressive and resourceful tool used to identify trends across a variety of parameters such as payload, machine running hours, dump count, distance travelled, impact/shock, operator abuse, driver/vehicle identification & immobilization.
Worthy Parts Service Provider Dynamic Maintenance Services are a Kalgoorlie based business who repair and rebuild underground mining fleets, they are also the Australian rep for Straintech products from Industrial Strain Measurement CC Australia. The Straintech device monitors and stores payload and production data obtained by its weigh system. The on-board computer teamed with the weigh system captures a variety of production parameters whilst the machine is in operation. DMS have been installing Straintech weigh systems across Australia and have seen benefits in their clients fleet tracking. “Fleet management and live-tracking systems are fast becoming standard procedure for many of our larger mining based clients. The software can provide all relevant information to the Maintenance or Production department in real time whilst the machine is still being operated. This allows everyone to perform their job more efficiently without worrying about data entry, reporting or production loss.” Brett White – Owner Dynamic Maintenance Services, Kalgoorlie