New technology for mine safety trialled at Rolleston mine
IT'S like cruise control but in reverse.
That is the simplest way to describe the cutting-edge technology that will allow mining companies to improve safety, as well as slash their fuel and maintenance bills.
Viking Mining Services director Jeff Erichsen has spearheaded the MineTrak GPRS Speed Control and Fleet Management System into Bowen Basin mines.
The MineTrak GPRS allows companies to set and govern the speed of their vehicles remotely, as well as tailor the software program to receive alerts, which can be used to build reports on each vehicle.
"Basically, it means the vehicles will be unable to go over the speed limit," Mr Erichsen said.
"I was fortunate to come across the MineTrak GPRS Speed Control and Fleet Management System at the right time. It is an extension of a similar system that is used comprehensively in Europe to monitor and control fleet vehicles on the motorways and I knew that it was something that could be incorporated into mine-site vehicles."
About 18 months ago Mr Erichsen started looking into diversifying Viking Mining Services, when he foresaw the resource servicing sector was set to slow down.
He went looking for something different, and something that would incorporate a cost-saving component as well as a safety component.
"It has been a long time in the making, but it's paying dividends now," he said.
"A lot of hard work has gone into this over the last 18 months."
The system allows for up to four different speed zones to be configured within a specific geo-fenced area, which eliminates any speeding issues. It also monitors incorrect vehicle operation, such as harsh cornering, heavy braking, fast acceleration or vehicle rollovers.
The information then reports, via the Next G Network, back to management.
While similar technology had worked well overseas, it was the first time this system had been used on mine sites in Australia, Mr Erichsen said.
The system was being trialled at Glencore's Rolleston mine with great success, he said, and he had received calls from other mining companies interested in investing in the technology.
For more information on the GPRS Speed Control and Fleet Management System, phone Jeff Erichsen at Viking Mining Services on 4952 6510.