In today’s mining environment, mines are placing significant focus on improving efficiencies across their production activities. Energy efficiency, of which fuel makes up a large portion of cost, is high on many mine engineers agenda. The November/December 2017 Edition of African Mining Brief analyses the significance of Automated Fleet Fuel Management Systems to mining operations in the current mining environment, and shares some valuable insight into the fresh approach that should be considered in the mining environment.
As Sean McQuade, Group Marketing Executive of Gilbarco AFS states:
“Traditional fuel management solutions focusing only on fuel, cannot provide the required insights. Litres/hour is no longer a metric that can be used to drive efficiencies as it does not consider production output or operating conditions. To be effective, production output and potentially, elevation distance traveled by a machine, must be related. With all this information related and presented in an easy to use dashboard, the mine engineer can track litres/tonne/meter elevation. This metric gives the engineer a much clearer picture of how efficiently the litre of fuel is being utilised and where any potential problems exist.”
The article also explains the benefits of integrated fuel and fleet management and the advantages of a reporting platform such as that of Gilbarco AFS named GMS Connect. McQuade also adds:
“Through active exception dashboards that allow quick drill down to the source data, a mine engineer can identify an issue as it occurs and through quick actions, determine the cause of the issue and resolve it. Be this pilferage, inefficient operator behaviour or more importantly equipment failure, the ability to resolve issues as they happen drives efficiencies on the mines we operate on.”
Read the full article here.
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