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SAFETY A LIQUID asset


Todd Ruff reports on how a smart safety system for water trucks is also delivering impressive productivity data


Todd Ruff berichtet darüber, wie ein intelligentes Sicherheitssystem für Wasserwagen auch beeindruckende Produktivitätsdaten liefert


Todd Ruff informa sobre cómo un sistema de seguridad inteligente para camiones repartidores de agua también brinda datos impresionantes de la productividad


Water trucks are used to control dust at mining sites


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t a large South American surface mine, an innovative combination of collision avoidance technology, sensor


monitoring and tracking/reporting functionality is being used to deliver cost-eff ective and timely vehicle productivity data. T e mine fi rst approached technology supplier Hexagon Mining because it needed to conduct a productivity analysis to improve the effi ciency of its water trucks. T e water pump status on each truck was to be monitored, along with each vehicle’s location and speed. When all of the data was gathered, it then needed to be transmitted to a central server for storage, analysis and report generation.


Background T e mine runs 35 water trucks on site to control dust. It’s a priority for the mine and effi cient use of these water trucks plays a critical role in the mine operation and in relationships with neighbouring communities. T e mine wanted to determine how much time the water trucks were idle, how much time was spent watering the roads, where the watering was occurring and at what times of day/night. T is would require tracking the location of the trucks in near real-time along with the status of the pump that discharges water from the tank. T is would assist in planning and optimisation. Vehicles at this mine are outfi tted with the SAFEmine traffi c awareness and collision avoidance system (CAS).


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