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FLEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS work after blasting as soon as possible.” Nankivell gave some specific examples of the difference the system makes: “A good example is with our stope bogging. We don’t have a clear picture of the productivity of those loaders other than what they report at the end of the shift. MineStar for underground gives us a real time view of the productivity at the drawpoint, to identify those areas where we can change the design, we can change the deployment, and make sure we are maximising that activity. Another fantastic element of MineStar for underground is the way that it integrates with our planning process. Your whole front end mine planning schedule is already built into the software, so this isn’t just a tool that captures what’s happening, this is a tool that’s actually integrated in what should be happening. The real benefit for Cat MineStar for underground is the way that is captures and presents data. Any system can capture a lot of data but if that means someone has to go an interrogate that data days or weeks later, you’ve lost the opportunity to intervene and use it in a useful way. MineStar for underground presents the data immediately, its capturing it in real time and there’s an interface there that supervisors can use straight away to intervene and make decisions.” Actionable insights based on advanced analytics Another up and coming player in this space is Essen, Germany-based talpasolutions whose mantra is “delivering transparent and actionable insights for the heavy industry by making data accessible and understandable” and was founded in 2016. It told IM it enables mining companies to utilise operative data, collected from sensors embedded in assets, planning software, ERP and other contextual data sources. “Our digitalisation experts offer their customers holistic solutions, starting with the acquisition, processing, analysis and visualisation of the data, through to the derivation of recommendations for action and automation.” Its customers and partners to date have included quarrying operations, underground salt and oil shale mines, well- established equipment OEMs like GHH, and fellow high-tech mining solutions company indurad. While delivering automation solutions in some projects, talpasolutions says it believes in empowering people by utilising benefits of digital applications and leveraging synergies between machine and operator more efficiently. As an example, talpasolutions equipped 11 underground machines from various manufacturers in an Estonian oil shale mine operated by VKG with talpacortex. This state of the art processing unit collects, records, pre- processes and transmits all machine data in high quality. The customer infrastructure allowed the pushing of the data into talpaplatform (talpasolutions' operating system) which was then analysed and the results were made available online to the customer continuously. Optimised task management and operator feedback then increased productivity sharply. “Our system led to a statistically proven increase in overall equipment efficiency by 13%. Operations became more productive with less operational expenditures by utilising assets more efficiently and increasing their effective working time.” On FMS specifically, Mirko Liebetrau, Chief Sales Officer states: “Fleet management systems of established companies have been utilised for decades now. The technology applied and functionalities provided have not kept up with the development of IT. Nowadays, many more functionalities can be provided, especially when talpasolutions aims to deliver transparent and actionable insights for the heavy industry by making data accessible and understandable accessing additional data sources like the machines themselves or other data silos.” Liebetrau argues that even if big mining companies have a super sophisticated main control room and have spent millions of dollars on it, the information flow is not optimal. “As an example – there is a super advanced control room where all data and information runs together and is assessed. Still, the company most of the time looks at single data silos and isolated analysis. And if some information is identified to be crucial for operations or needs immediate attention, the responsible person is called or contacted via a separate communication channel. Why not provide the information on-site colleagues are lacking directly to them?” He adds that mining was and is challenged by the complexity of operations. “It makes this business hard to manage. Our applications provide a comprehensive and unbiased overview on productivity, events and performance. Any mine manager can improve his efficiency and economics by having a better overview as well as detailed information. The challenge for most fleet management systems remains the fact that information and task dispatching is good, but actionable insights are better. To provide those you will need MAY 2020 | International Mining 27