Measuring LHD Productivity in Underground Mines

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Globally, underground mines lose up to 30 to 90 minutes of additional hauling time per shift.

A common challenge experienced in most underground mining operations, is the difficulty in achieving optimal productivity in the hauling process. There are two primary reasons for this challenge:

  • lack of visibility needed to track the progress of LHD operator production tasks against the production plan, resulting in the inability to make following shift adjustments
  • no capability to make real-time shift plan adjustments from inability to monitor material movement from production area pickup to specific dumping locations

Increasing Visibility, Transparency, and Productivity

Newtrax LHD Productivity Solution maximizes loading cycles by providing real-time visibility of the payload weight, and enables transparency through reporting of accurate data, resulting in an optimized haulage process.

— Material Movement —

Using Newtrax high-resolution tracking, this solution allows material movement monitoring from loading to unloading locations, such as truck bed, ore pass, or remuck station. This provides the capability for real-time shift plan adjustment, keeping LHD productivity on target.

— Maximizing Load Capacity —

The solution uses a combination of angular and pressure sensors to monitor payload weight inside the LHD bucket, helping the operator maximize each load. Bucket payload weight is visible in real-time using the in-cab payload display.

— Enabling Transparency Through Reporting —

Through the collection, monitoring, and analysis of data, Operations Management can achieve the transparency they need to take proactive action to maximize LHD loading and unloading cycles.

Raw data sets are processed through Newtrax IoT Hub, providing actuals during the shift vs. plan.

All data collected can also be integrated to 3rd-party applications for reporting and visualization, such as, MSBI via GraphQL API.

To learn more about the Newtrax LHD Productivity solution please contact us using the button below. One of our team members will walk you through the different options available to you and will help customize the solution to your unique needs.