Release Notes 7.4

This major release (our first of 2021) launches the Component Rebuild Centre. Other fixes and functions include; The ability to record the amount of links on each side of the Undercarriage Adding Images to an Undercarriage Inspection, from multiple sources Improving screen speed on Interpretation and Inspection screens Allowing for multiple images when creating Equipment Offline Setting a Bush Turn budget to avoid missing the turn Replacing components with Used Parts that already have hours Read more…

Quoting and tracking the progress of large component rebuilds made easier with TrackTreads CRC software

TrackTreads Component Rebuild Centre software system focusses on tracking the detail of the rebuild at granular level to ensure a complete audit trail and accurate costing for any large component rebuild: – During the disassembly process, each observation points condition is analysed through inspection. This could be diminished material thickness due to wear and tear, Pin and bush diameters of that are no longer in spec causing play, or cracks appearing in the metal and Read more…

The dollars and Data Science behind Condition Based Maintenance Strategies

Condition–based maintenance (CBM) is a maintenance strategy that monitors the actual condition of the components to decide what maintenance needs to be done.  CBM means maintenance intervention only when components are showing early signs of failure and the corrective actions performed, should put the component life back on track to achieve full life. The reduced maintenance interventions give rise to large potential savings. The costs related to this strategy are the regular inspection costs and the reliability engineers monitoring the inspection data Read more…

Regular Structural Inspections are your Insurance Policy against costly Catastrophic Failures

Chassis, dump bodies and all complex welded structures are subjected to loading and torsional stresses during everyday use. Regular inspection and recording of cracks and condition enable a picture to be established of the structures general condition and when repair should be completed before a catastrophic failure occurs. Using the TrackTreads Structural Inspection tool, enables Inspectors to:- Inspect the structures in the field offline using your normal phone or tablet. Allows measurements and observations for Read more…

Undercarriage Budgets set the Scene

Every Undercarriage has a budget or target life it is expected to live within a specific environment. This budget can be affected by Changes to the specific Environment Weather patterns for the year The Inspection regime identifying intervention maintenance required Budgets however perform a far more important role. They identify which machines undercarriage components are falling short of the required targets. When these components fall short of their expected life, this represent lost value, and Read more…

Why identifying Critical Life Path Undercarriage Components is important

All Undercarriage Components wear at different rates and the aim of monitoring the undercarriage is to review the differences in the wear rates between the components and identify which components will limiting the life of the entire undercarriage system as a whole. This means identifying which components will wear out first and thus prevent the other components from achieving 100% wear before the undercarriage needs to be replaced. Any component that are not 100% worn Read more…

Where does the advantage lie in Digitizing Undercarriage Inspections

The time taken to complete a full Undercarriage inspection manually on a dozer is on average about 20 to 25 minutes covering both sides. A field Rope Shovel inspection on the other hand can take between 2 and 4 hours depending on the number of inspection or observation points and how much cleaning needs to be done. The length of the inspection will normally determine the volume of data that is captured, especially images. Rope Read more…

The most important Undercarriage Inspection is often missed

The most important Undercarriage Inspection is the End-of-Life inspection where the undercarriage components have reached the end of their useful life. This vitally important inspection is typically missed by most inspectors. So why is this inspection and the data so valuable. Undercarriage residual life is normally determined through inspection where the measurement of the remaining material indicates the percent worn and facilitates the calculation of the residual hours available in the remaining material based on Read more…

Field Inspection Images replace a thousand words

Images snapped in the field during an inspection to illustrate an issue identified creates a richer view of the problem and will often replace a thousand-word description of the problem. This saves enormous amounts of time which is money! Images speed up the inspection process because they save having to describe the issue in words – Most importantly and image or 2 provides a better description than the image that can be described in a Read more…

A comprehensive Field Inspection Dataset has tremendous value to your business

Data that is collected over multiple inspections creates a dataset that can be extremely valuable to your business. So how can this be the case? Well there are a few reasons the dataset collected is specifically to your fleet of machines operated in your environment by your operators. This fact alone makes the dataset unique. This dataset provides a benchmark for the operating conditions of the equipment and what performance can reasonably be achieved from Read more…