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July 3rd, 2014

ShovelMetrics™ Featured in Australia’s Mining Monthly

Motion Metrics’ complete shovel monitoring system, ShovelMetrics™ was featured in the April issue of Australia’s Mining Monthly magazine. Below is the full article.

All in one
With resources companies focusing on cost-cutting, Motion Metrics believes it has the tools and information to help mines manage their expenses and maximize productivity.

Critics may argue that equipment operators are exposed to too many computer screens when loading haul trucks, causing productivity to decrease onsite. This is particularly true for mining shovels and excavators, where it’s common to see four to six screens in an already confined operator cabin.

To simplify the monitoring process, Motion Metrics has created a new product combining five system features into one screen. Features on the ShovelMetrics system include payload monitoring, surveillance cameras, missing tooth detection and tooth wear monitoring, rock fragmentation analysis and proximity detection. Integrating these features onto one screen allows operators to view detailed performance indicators and equipment health information without having to compromise on space in an already crowded cabin. Motion Metrics said the system was available at a lower cost to purchasing the systems separately.

ShovelMetrics payload monitoring system is designed specifically for hydraulic shovels. The system can be installed on mining shovels such as the Komatsu PC5500, the Liebherr R996, the Caterpillar 6060, Bucyrus RH340 shovel and Terex RH340. According to Motion Metrics spokesman Enoch Chow, a major advantage of shovel-based payload monitoring against onboard truck scale systems was the less effort was required to keep the systems maintained.

“This can be a key factor in maintaining accuracy across a large fleet, especially since each shovel can be paired with five to 10 haul trucks in a typical mining operation,” he said.
“By using a shovel-based payload system, a mine would only need to purchase and maintain one system per shovel, as opposed to one system per truck.
“For a large mine with 50-100 trucks, this can result in significant savings in both capital investment and maintenance costs.”