10 Jan Phase II launch: Relative location System for Trucks
Saving oil and CO2 emissions thanks technological integration Mining TAG – Bosch
On Monday 27 November was launched Project 2nd Phase, which incorporates Mining TAG “Relative location system between Mining Shovel and Truck” with the Start-Stop Bosch system for Los Bronces float, South Anglo American property.
What does the Mining TAG – Bosch integration consist?
South Anglo American requested a system that allows turning off the truck motors at the moment the vehicle is stopped, except when the truck is in specifics operational activities such as transfer in high slopes, charge and discharge. Specifically in charge position, if the motor shuts down the breakes suffer a huge damage due to charged ore weight
Due this requeriments, Mining TAG developed a Relative localization system between shovel mining and truck integrated with the Start-Stop Bosch System. One of the most relevant challenges was manage the charge process through reliable data in addition to development a system that resist the aggressive environment conditions such as:
Snow presence, subzero temperatures and raised height, besides constant vibrations produced by truck engine.
In the first instance was made a system prototype in two mining shovels and one truck. The result was favourable; in this concept test the system achieved it targets without any implemented component interfering with the operation.
For Phase II, Anglo American bets to integrate Mining TAG and Bosch system to his float of eleven trucks and eleven shovels. The challenge of this phase is to achieve monitoring the equipment states on board into the vehicles.
Is the first time this project is developed in mining industry, therefore, it pretends to be a great technological contribution for the CO2 emissions reduction, important oil save and increase trucks’ oil engine useful life. All of this without intervening the operativity.