Engineering & Mining Journal

JUN 2018

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92 E&MJ • JUNE 2018 OPERATING STRATEGIES ers' sites, and Sandvik systems will be able to interface and exchange data with other systems around the operation, ensuring that the value of the data can be unlocked. "Our customers have naturally asked that they can access equipment health and productivity data from the solutions that we provide them," said Patrick Murphy, president, Rock Drills and Technologies at Sandvik. "While interfaces are not avail- able for all equipment models today, these will be progressively rolled out as new products come to market. However, there are today already more than 1,000 ma- chines connected to our industry-leading, cloud-connected productivity and eCom- merce platform, My Sandvik, as well as the more advanced OptiMine mining process optimization platform. Data interfaces can be created so that the customer can access the raw data from these offerings." The data interoperability policy out- lines the principles behind Sandvik's digital offering and how it is protected, explaining, for example, how data can be accessed, depending on the customer's fl eet — i.e., at equipment level, at server level on-site or within the cloud. Sandvik said its data interoperability policy adheres to the highest levels of data privacy and security while ensuring the customer retains all rights to information related to the use and application of their equipment. The policy has been designed with the General Data Protection Regula- tion (GDPR) in mind — a European Union (EU) law on data protection and privacy that also applies to the export of personal data outside the EU. It took effect on May 25, with the intention of harmonizing data privacy laws across Europe. Fuel-delivery Software and Hardware Aimed at Improving Fleet Productivity Two recent product announcements high- light the potential benefi ts that mine op- erators can gain from improving their fl eet- fueling dispatch and safety capabilities. Wenco International Mining Systems released a study with results that show a key customer gained hundreds of mine operating hours a year using an automat- ed fuel-dispatching system. At the CIM Convention 2018 held in May, Wenco's Carr Stepperud present- ed the results of a study undertaken in conjunction with the Sierra Gorda copper mine, which detailed increased productiv- ity at the mine. This study, said Wenco, demonstrates that use of its fuel-dis- patching system contributed to additional operating hours at the mine, a 10% re- duction in fueling wait times, and rede- ployment of a full-time fueling dispatcher. 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