New digital solution to increase savings and safety for rigid dumptrucks working in mines and quarries
KOMATSU’s Operator Guidance Monitor (OGM) is described as a revolutionary tool that has been designed to optimize the efficiency of rigid dumptrucks working in mines and quarries and reduce unit production costs.
The easy-to-use program allows the operator to set Key Performance Indicator (KPI) targets and adjust operating parameters, to let their truck operate in the most efficient way possible.
By allowing operators to control and optimize their work in real time, OGM helps raise and refine their skills, resulting in higher fuel savings and productivity, and increased safety on the jobsite.
Marek Skrzydel, quarry manager at Heidelberg Materials, said: ‘This system allows us to analyse data in real time. We can analyse production and discuss the achieved goals by operator on an ongoing basis.’
Customers can quickly set parameters such as payload, planned duration, and fuel consumption for each work cycle, idle time, and production (tonnes/h) target by loading and dumping location.
The OGM screen also shows real-time warnings for dangerous operating events, such as excessive speed and sudden braking. Thanks to a unique login ID, operators’ performance can be analysed individually.
CAN-bus data from the machine’s operation are sent automatically and the user has access to them via a web-based dashboard. The data can be filtered by date, machine, shift, operator, and loading and dumping locations.
‘Operator Guidance Monitor is one of the new digital Komatsu solutions to support our customers with their daily quarry operation,’ said Wouter Boon, telematics specialist at Komatsu Europe. ‘OGM provides the ability to set visualized KPIs for the operators and follow up and adjust if needed in real time.’
A summary of OGM benefits:
In the back office, target KPIs and event thresholds such as speed limits are set up for each haul road from any remote location. The status of each target can be followed by date, time, shift, or operator. The automatic data acquisition from the machine allows remote reporting of production and event data via the dashboard.
Each operator has their own OGM account. Before starting work, they log directly into the tool’s easy-to-operate 8in monitor installed inside the cab.
After logging in, the system automatically detects and displays the haul road specific KPIs on the monitor, according to which the operator adjusts the pace and dynamics of the hauler’s work. Thanks to real-time feedback of operational data, each operator can follow up on individual KPIs, as optimal values when loading, transporting, and unloading material.
With parameter values updated in real time, the operator learns how to operate the machine at its best. No input from the operator is required and self-learning is encouraged through this ‘visualization’ of operation performance, resulting in fuel savings and more efficient production, achieved in the safest way possible.
With real-time operator alarms for unsafe operation, such as speeding or sudden braking, job site safety is improved and can be monitored continuously.