Glencore Matagami Mine Increase their OEE and Payload with Newtrax

5-6% increase in Utilization on their ore haulage
4% increase on the Overall Equipment Effectiveness
5% increase on Loads per cycle

Located in the heart of the boreal forest in the Nord-du-Québec region, Glencore Matagami Mine is located about 10 km west of the city of Matagami. The Bracemac and McLeod deposits consist of several lenses rich in zinc and copper that also have low silver and gold grades. The Matagami area is host to historical production of 8.6 billion lb of zinc and 853 million lb of copper. Glencore Matagami mine first implemented the Newtrax Mobile Equipment Telemetry system back in 2016 on their trucks and LHDs in order to maximize their haulage efficiency.

The Challenge

Glencore Matagami mine’s biggest challenge is the long haulage distance they have to travel every day to transport the ore out of the mine. They currently have to travel 8 km (4.9 miles) by truck, which is a significant distance, and this will be increased to 10.4 km (6.5 miles) in the coming years. Long distance haulage means that each cycle makes a huge difference in productivity, so maximizing the load on each truck is essential to optimizing the operations of this mine.

Common Roadblocks

Most underground mines interested in digitizing their mines don’t start from a clean slate, and often grow with acquisitions. However, they frequently encounter stumbling blocks on their road to success which include:

  • Non-standardized data: Multiple equipment manufacturers for mobile equipment, coupled with data that isn’t standardized makes it tough to pull everything together.
  • Lack of data at the face:It’s hard to get an accurate picture of what’s going on in the mine, if you don’t have live date from the mine’s faces—including those under development.
  • Incomplete analysis: Maybe you do have all the data you need, you’re just unsure what to do with it. Analytical systems can help you take all that data you have and turn it into
Dany Lavoie-Mercier, Haulage Team Supervisor of Glencore Matagami Mine reads the last shift's results to his team in the morning.

“I presented it again the following shift and there was a clear difference in our operations. Everything was optimized from one shift to the next”

Dany Lavoie-Mercier, Haulage Team Supervisor

Glencore Matagami mine has equipped their production trucks with scoreboards to display the tonnage being hauled in clear sight.

We want to take things that are done elsewhere in the industry, things are done in open pit mines, and really bring that  underground. We really want to be considered as one the innovative mines around not only Quebec, Canada, but also the world.”

Mark Furlotte, General Manager

Choosing Newtrax

The Newtrax Mobile Equipment Telemetry system, which is applicable to all equipment brands and models, was easily integrated to Matagami mine’s mixed fleet of trucks and LHDs. Glencore Matagami used the system in multiple ways:

  • To monitor the Standard Production Times of equipment
  • To calculate Utilization of ore haulage
  • To calcuate the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
  • To calculate Loads per cycle

Its complete custom fit Payload Monitoring System interfaces directly the OEM’s existing sensor network.

This enables:

  • Real-time payload data available on the Newtrax Scoreboards and cab display for the operators
  • Real-time payload broadcasted to the Newtrax MET telemetry recorder every 5 seconds, with no operator intervention

Outcome

Operations

The Standard Production Time report, which shows operators the activity of each piece of Mobile Equipment in a period of 24 hours, has enabled the underground operations personnel to identify problem areas quickly, discuss them as a group before the start of shift, and apply identified improvements in order to increase their OEE down the line.

Management

From a managerial perspective, the Newtrax system has enabled the team to make decisions based on facts that are measurable rather than off of perceptions and gut feelings. For example, Glencore Matagami mine has equipped their production trucks with scoreboards to display the tonnage being hauled in clear sight. The LHD operators use this tool to load the trucks the optimal capacity.

Since implementing this, they have been able to raise their average tonnage from 55 tonnes to 60 tonnes which has increased productivity; especially given the long haulage distances they are facing.