Productivity Tools for Open-cast Mining Operations
Source & Destination is a tool for open-cast mining operations. It provides an automated record of productivity by tallying loads based on the material source, loading tool, loading duration, tipping duration and destination. All recorded in real time.
The variables captured allow the user to measure irregular loading and tipping times, vehicle downtimes and vehicle operator efficiencies. The materials management module helps identify instances of cross-tramming and can be linked to external references for resource depletion management. All this information is presented through live, customizable dashboards and reports that give insights into the productivity, efficiency and costs of the mining operation. The system is simple to configure and has a low maintenance and administration cost.
The Source & Destination solution provided by Geotab Africa has been implemented at one of our major open-cut mining operations. The system was easily implemented and customised to our requirements with a low maintenance and administration cost.
After we had tested the functionality, we were able to attain an automated and reliable record of our productivity, with the information being updated in real time. We have been able to do away with reliance on “tallymen” with an associated cost saving and increased confidence in the accuracy of the information provided. This installation provides detailed records of variables per load including but not limited to the material source: bench, mining perimeter, material type, loading tool utilised; destination: route, timing etc. This information is reportable in live format on customisable dashboards and can be viewed as a total fleet, or part thereof, to the user’s choice.
Access to information is gained via standard internet connection through a user friendly platform. Historic data can be easily accessed. The Information obtained can also be used to determine operator efficiency and targeted improvements or the system can be linked to external references for resource depletion management. Whilst the product is not a dispatch system, it can be used in a control room environment for a more hands-on approach. The resultant management tools stem from the reliable information obtained, all of which has a positive impact on our operation.
Shayne Wright (Planning Manager) – Aveng Moolmans (Pty) Limited