Komatsu introduces remote monitoring for mining equipment
Komatsu’s Komtrax Plus, a system that adds remote monitoring capabilities to the company’s existing Vehicle Health Monitoring System (VHMS), is now being rolled out for its mining equipment in Australia.
It allows mine management, asset managers and maintenance crews to view specific machine performance data remotely via any computer with an internet connection, according to Rick Augur, Komatsu Australia Telemetry Specialist – Komtrax Plus.
"Komtrax Plus provides a means to remotely monitor the health of major components using Komatsu’s satellite technology on selected mining and production class machines, enabling constant evaluation of a machine’s condition and operations," Augur says, adding: "This system has been designed to reduce repair costs and maintain optimal machine availability by helping prevent unscheduled downtime."
Other key benefits of the system are safer operations through the highlighting poor or incorrect operator practices, and the accurate logging of machine hours and payloads.
Access to Komtrax Plus, which is free of charge to any piece of Komatsu equipment fitted with the system, is via the company’s Equipment Care website portal.
"Our Equipment Care portal allows customers to view every machine in their Komtrax Plus fleet via a single platform, accessible to any computer with an internet connection," Augur says. "This portal provides users access to critical information about each machine, including machine performance, machine health, fault analysis, fuel data, payload data and idle time summaries."
He adds that the data collected is also used by Komatsu.
"(We use) the data collected through KOMTRAX Plus for our Continuous Improvement (CI) program, to ensure that our machines deliver maximum productivity, reliability and availability, and best meet our customers’ application demands," Augur says.
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