Category Training Archives - TrackTreads - Undercarriage Management

The Importance of setting “Target Life”for Undercarriage Components

Undercarriage systems are made up of multiple components. Each component has its own distinct life span.  The challenge is to ensure the entire set of components achieves the greatest possible life, (The “Target Life”), for the system as a whole. This will depend on the weakest component. The individual components cannot be replaced individually when …

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Digitization of Inspection Management and the benefits it brings

Digitization is the process of converting a manual process into a digital format. There can be many reasons why this is done not least the following:- Increase the accuracy of data collection Increase the volume of data collection such as images, comments and calculated results from readings. In some cases, the history can be available …

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Avoid Spending Big on Bogies by Inspecting the Bogie Hardware as part of the Undercarriage Inspection

Major Bogies carry the load of the machine on the rails (Links) and any miss-alignment, wear or damage can create large costs. Identifying problems on bogie components before they fail can reduce this cost significantly. Regular inspection should be completed, and what better way than to include it within the undercarriage inspection. Inspection points to …

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Overcoming Mine-Site Technology Adoption Challenges

Overall mining productivity has risen 2.8% per year from 2014 to 2016 according to McKinsey research. These improvements will become harder to sustain with new challenges facing mining companies (costs of labour, environmental concerns, depth of mines etc..). But technology can enable the continuity in productivity improvements. The challenge facing many mine sites is, how …

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Reduce potential downtime by inspecting ALL Undercarriage Components

The Undercarriage Equalizer Bar performs a critical undercarriage function, so identifying any potential problems that can be handled at planned maintenance stoppage would be ideal. Things to look for are: – Equalizer Bar damage – check that there is no damage or cracks in the bar itself Rubber Pad condition – check the condition of …

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Undercarriage inspections are no silver bullet

Undercarriage Inspection software is not the silver bullet to Undercarriage Management but rather an enabler. It is a highly specialized system to evaluate a small but expensive part of the larger puzzle of tracked equipment condition and maintenance management. It should become an integral part of every mine-sites future technology solution for planning and managing …

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The cost risk of falling behind.

Undercarriage inspections are the norm whether for a mine-site, construction fleet or in Sales and Service of Undercarriage components Mine-sites use the inspection data to plan their maintenance on the tracked machines and monitor their cost per hour Construction-Fleets use the inspections to monitor the condition of their fleet and forecast the undercarriage repair and …

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What Constitutes Undercarriage Management

Undercarriage components wear at different rates depending on a number of factors: – Working environment Condition of surrounding components Operator skill level Shoe selection Track Tension Maintenance regime The undercarriage is changing daily and the maintenance strategy requires balancing the above factors as best as possible to achieve the TARGET LIFE on the components. This …

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Undercarriage Management – What is the cost of doing nothing?

If you have a fleet of Heavy Equipment that includes Tracked Machines, there will be a line item on the income statement that includes the cost of replacement undercarriage components. The question would be, is that number fair and reasonable? Managing your undercarriage would be one way to determine if this number is fair Another …

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Undercarriage Inspections give you a deeper perspective of your marketplace

Undercarriage inspections carried out regularly on tracked machines by service providers provide a wealth of information about the marketplace. Some of the information to be garnered for a particular territory using the inspection data: – Number of machines in the territory by brand and model Number of new machines introduced to the territory for a …

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