Unlike an open-pit mine where a supervisor or dispatch can visually track production, an underground mine without a Fleet Management System is like a black box. Mine managers and supervisors have no insights into the mine production until the end of the shift when the miners report hand-in their daily reports. The issue is exacerbated with the lack of good, reliable WiFi network underground.
Mining companies need to have visibility into the use of every vehicle and the performance of every driver to streamline operations, improve safety standards and drive higher process efficiencies. A fleet management system for underground mining optimizes operations by controlling production, tracking and scheduling workforce, and presenting intelligent reports that improve fleet productivity. The ability to accurately monitor your fleet location, usage, and behaviour, makes a significant difference to the bottom line.
GroundHog’s Underground Fleet Management System is a cutting-edge, yet very affordable fleet management system for mining companies. GroundHog FMS is designed to help miners get accurate information from production and help operations control and supervisors plan shifts accordingly.
Mines and Tunnelling projects use GroundHog’s state-of-the-art Peer-to-Peer networking technology to dynamically extend data access to the face so operators and supervisors have all the latest information they need to perform their work correctly and safely.
Using GroundHog FMS, underground mines can:
- Optimize scheduling, miner shifts, and targets
- Track and maintain performance in real-time
- Anticipate and equip teams to prevent or deal with failures faster
- Achieve better actuals versus plans
- Develop targeted strategies
- Get controlled production
- Get an extremely safe mine
Reasons Underground mines have used GroundHog’s Fleet Management System are:
- Reduced downtime – anticipates and equips the team to deal with failures
Mining companies generate volumes of data from equipment and processes, but only a fraction of this data is actually used to derive insights on equipment health and availability. GroundHog enabled fleet management systems to leverage health-monitoring data to forecast maintenance, rather than use the traditional time-based maintenance approach. Detecting potential issues early on can prevent shortfalls on production targets and unnecessary downtime while cutting maintenance costs.
- Process optimization – improved scheduling, material, and equipment flow
In mining, the opportunity for productivity improvement lies in the areas that operational management can control. Mining operations generate extensive production and process data that can be harnessed to maximize utilization of equipment and drive yield improvements. GroundHog FMS for mines uses real-time data and advanced analytics to make scheduling and processing decisions that increase output. As an example – in mine pits, combining traditional dispatch techniques with smart algorithms can optimize machine movements to drive peak performance.
GroundHog FMS can empower mines to keep their equipment running at 100 percent and understand the drivers of yield to step up performance and optimize process scheduling.
- Safer Mines – improved safety and higher regulatory compliance
Within a mining environment, protecting people and assets is critical. GroundHog FMS plays an important role in the safe transportation of both mineworkers and mining materials and enables supervisors to take corrective actions to minimize safety risks for mineworkers.
Fleet safety initiatives are centred on reporting and improving driver behaviour impacting safety, unnecessary fuel consumption, vehicle wear and tear, over-scheduled drivers, and accident investigation and reporting. It also ensures that drivers are compliant with company policies.
- Improved productivity – better actuals versus plans, with real-time tracking
GroundHog FMS for underground mining has the ability to track the precise location and state of mining equipment at every instant – and detect deviations from expected operating standards. This empowers operators to optimize operational plans in real-time, rather than wait for monthly output to drive decision-making. The ability to streamline operations in real-time, using intelligent analytics can eliminate the challenges of underutilized equipment and wasted capital.
Capturing value from digital innovations is the key to the next era in mining. Investing in the right fleet management system is a good starting point to place money back on the bottom line, and ensure your fleet is operating at peak performance.
More information and case studies are available at https://groundhogapps.com/underground-fms/