Release Notes 6.2

Undercarriage Enhancements Rope Shovel reports have been a big focus of this release including the addition of multiple Crawler Frame Guides. We are continuously improving language handling and your custom reports are now available in the language of your choice. Component images are now more customisable so they more accurately reflect the family and model of machine. GET/Wear Surface Enhancements Once again GET/Wear Surface Management has seen some major improvements in the latest version. Reports Read more…

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 they are showing signs of wear as new components will simply wear down quicker.  Corrective actions and repairs should be Read more…

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 to inspectors as a reference when measuring Increase the speed of data collection Storing of all the data in a Read more…

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 be included in the Other Observations in the Undercarriage inspection  are:- Check for signs of wear and oil leaks in Read more…

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 to successfully embrace new technologies and their improvements in productivity and cost savings. There needs to be 3 drivers incorporated Read more…

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 the rubber pads between the equalizer bar and the frame Center Pin Pivot shaft and Seal condition – check for Read more…

Release Notes 6.0

The v6.0 release includes a number of Undercarriage bug fixes and improvements, with the biggest changes in this version being the release of the new Mobile App for Android. For details regarding the new App please contact us so we can assist you with the installation. There are also additional enhancements to the Undercarriage system and the GET/Wear Surface System, also listed below. Undercarriage Enhancements Rope Shovel inspections have been a big focus of this Read more…

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 the return on assets. Technology improves the speed and effectiveness of gathering and processing information. It allows a picture to Read more…

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 replacement spend over the next financial period. Service Providers and Dealers use the inspections to identify sales opportunities by identifying Read more…

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 will also result in a target cost per hour. The TARGET LIFE for a particular job site environment and machine Read more…