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APAC Webinar Newtrax Vehicle Telemetry

Newtrax Webinar: How Efficient is Your Working Face?


Newtrax invites you to join our 30-minute webinar to address some of the most common causes of low productivity, unproductive time, and safety risks in underground mining.

What’s in it for you? You’ll learn about the industry best practices and world-class solutions to increase face availability, face utilization, and efficiency for a safer and more cost-effective mine.

Join us on May 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. Australian Western Time Zone for the exclusive introduction of the operations management solutions to the APAC market.

Topics on the agenda include:
Overall Equipment Efficiency Tracking
Payload Monitoring
Productivity Monitoring
Vehicle Health & Operator Practices
Tire Pressure Monitoring

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Short Interval Control: The Key to Optimizing Shift Time

Short Interval Control: Optimizing Shift Time and Use of Assets in Underground Mines

We hear the term Short Interval Control (SIC) being used a lot in the mining industry, but what does it really mean?

How can it help increase production and achieve improvement in unit cost?

Better described as a factory-floor process, short interval control (SIC) is all about improving production during a shift. In underground mining, SIC attempts to make operations seamless and more efficient in terms of shift time and use of assets.

Incomplete tasks during shifts in underground mines is a much-discussed topic that usually ends with a debate or discussion between middle and senior management. However, nothing can actually be done once a shift has ended. Before the advent of technology, mine managers and CEOs were used to collecting the data on paper (including info on delays and unfinished tasks); then they recorded the information on various databases. But the validity and accuracy of the information was often incomplete, and very little analysis was done to improve the process.

Delays and interruptions that might happen during a shift are often dealt with by the workers. Occasionally, issues can also be handled by the supervisors or bosses on shift. Radios have proven to be quite efficient in underground mines, but there’s always room for further improvement. Often times, mine managers don’t know if a task was fully completed until the shift has ended.


One of the many challenges faced by underground mines has to do with managing more tasks at the same time and attaining sustainable production rate targets. In general, there can be five or six principal mining activities that have to be managed, including drilling, blasting, development, filling, mucking, and ore transport together with a number of additional support activities like maintenance and logistics. The latter two activities are needed to perform the six mentioned initially.


Since each activity results in a shift demanding people assessment and equipment to perform the activities involved, SIC comes into play. The Short Interval Control concept can help mine managers and operations managers coordinate up to 100 separate tasks in a single shift.

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Discrete applications such as personnel and equipment location tracking, fixed equipment control and monitoring, as well as ventilation monitoring are all commonplace in today’s modern underground mines and are even becoming cost effective due to RFID tagging and ad hoc wireless networks.

With this data in hand, we are able to create an intelligent mine management system which can provide real-time KPIs that enable production control.

“In essence, short interval control is nothing more than providing a feedback loop on the production tracking against the expected production at short-term intervals so that decisions and intervening actions can be taken to minimize deviation from the expected outcome.”

Short Interval Control has been used in the manufacturing industry for quite some time now. At the core, the concept is nothing more than a system meant to provide feedback by tracking expected production to minimize deviation. For the concept to work, it must be tried and tested against assigned tasks during a shift. Since it is based on information rendered to the CMCR, the person in charge of the control room can take action the moment tasks are assigned and the work performed is not up to par. The end goal is to finish the scheduled work on time while at the same time making use of all available resources.

Bottom line, the SIC concept can be a very useful mining maintenance planning tool. Advanced technology can help make decision-making a  lot easier and more cost-effective to Operations managers and Mine Managers in the mining industry. For Short Interval Control to work, seamless communication with everyone involved in the mine is fundamental.


Title: “Short Interval Control in Today’s Underground Mine: A Case Study”

Presented at MINExpo International 2012 ~ Authors:

R. Howes, C. Forrest

C. Forrest is currently Newtrax’s Vice President of APAC region.

For more information, please contact sales@newtrax.com

Tracking the trends in mining for 2017

Tracking the trends in mining for 2017

Deloitte recently published their annual “Tracking the Trends” article on the top 10 trends mining companies will face in 2017 and the results are interesting.

On the Digital side of things, the articles states that success in this space is not about adopting the latest apps and point solutions. Instead, they must embed digital thinking into the heart of their processes to transform their strategy in a bid to completely change the way corporate decisions are made across the enterprise.

To understand how this might look, it is helpful to envisage a future-state digital mining organization and infer how this might transform core mining processes, the flow of information and supporting back-office processes.

The also mention that companies will need to rethink the way in which they generate and process information. In essence, the integrated digital mine will improve planning, control and decision support across the mining value chain to optimize volume, cost and capex, and improve safety.

Insights will be derived by integrating data across three levels of analysis that map to three information time horizons:

  • Historical analysis and reporting at all organisational levels.
  • Real-time data visualization that combines operational data sources with corporate information
  • Predictive models and cognitive analytics that improve planning and reduce the need for reactive maintenance.

Click here for the full article.

Newtrax Release 7.0

Newtrax Release 7.0

With this latest release, the biggest addition is the introduction of the Newtrax-Enabled Brando Personal Safety Device.

7.0 also includes a new payload feature for monitoring of load scales, the mobile equipment activity widget, a new look and feel for enhanced user experience and more.

Newtrax-Enabled Brando Personal Safety Device

The Brando PSD is the first device of its kind in the market to support a wide range of safety and production features including Proximity Warning, Location Tracking, Evacuation Notification and more.

  • 30% lighter, much brighter, wider spot, brighter outer ring
  • Improved LCD display for user interface
  • Three form factor options all utilizing one charging station: cordless, semi corded, and corded

— MineTrax —

MineTrax Payload Feature

The MineTrax system integrates with mobile equipment scales to ensure that every bucket load and truck load is full before being transported to its destination. This is done by using high precision onboard loader scales that relay information through Newtrax’s MineHop network to the surface about the quantity of material being moved from point A to point B as it is happening in real time.

With the ability to accurately monitor the weight being transported, mine operators will be able to increase the loads to the maximum capacity and in turn be more efficient.

— MineFace —

Mobile equipment widget

Mobile equipment activity can now be displayed as a dashboard widget with a graph option.

— MineHop —

External DC power on nodes

Wireless nodes can now be powered by AC or DC current as well as running off battery power only.

The input could be:
AC, range from 85 to 305 VAC;
DC, range from 4.5 to 18 VCD

For more information on the features released in Newtrax 7.0, please contact support@newtrax.com