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New technology creates a Smart Quarry Site

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Komatsu’s fleet management platform, Smart Quarry Site, has a new name but still offers leading technology to solve Australian quarries’ biggest headaches.

Komatsu has rebranded its fleet management solution to Smart Quarry Site, aiming to become the central information tool for quarry managers.

The platform was previously known as Komatsu iSite but has moved under the Smart Quarry Site banner since September 1.

While the product has new branding and a new title, the Smart Quarry System will still provide real-time data to managers to make informed decisions around their sites.

The technology is a fleet management solution (FMS) designed to help site managers monitor the location and status of their fleets. Smart Quarry Site is brand-agnostic, meaning it’s compatible across a mixed fleet of machinery like trucks, excavators, and dozers, regardless of manufacturer.

Fundamentally, the technology helps a site optimise operations by allowing site managers to see every movement of their machines in real-time and provides critical information about volumes and tonnages being hauled and loaded, as well as other parameters.

This exposes potential bottlenecks on-site or areas in need of extra resources.

All this information can be viewed in real-time on-site or remotely via cloud storage. The Smart Quarry Site dashboard can monitor the operating parameters of up to 50 machines at a time.

Smart Quarry Site also monitors fuel burn and can warn operators of a pre-start check failure, as well as overspeed and overload events. It sends a visual warning to the operator via the in-cab dashboard.

Smart Quarry Site allows a site manager to see when the machine is idling. They can then direct an operator to switch off the engine while waiting to conserve fuel.

Features also include auto-reporting capabilities for machine faults, automatic service meter readings, automatic machine utilisation measuring, and access through the myKomatsu online customer parts portal for parts and service kits.

This key performance data not only help to keep operators safe, but also serves to extend the lifespan of machinery.

And now the platform is being base built into some of Komatsu’s most popular quarrying workhorses.

The Komatsu HD405-8 dump truck is a 514-horsepower machine with a 40-tonne capacity and Smart Quarry Site capability.

The HD605-8 dump truck also features Smart Quarry Site technology. With a 60-tonne capacity, this dump truck is purpose-built for quarry, construction and small-scale mining operations.

Komatsu has worked collaboratively with its industry partners to improve the Smart Quarry Site platform.

This tailored approach ensures the system can bring out the best in all quarries.

“Differentiating material types helps our customers better manage their KPIs,” Komatsu Smart Construction general manager James Muir previously told Quarry.

“It can help sort what’s waste from what’s material, and therefore identify different locations or courses for loading and dumping.

“Another aspect is that a lot of quarries look at blending. So they’ll want a certain amount of material A blended with material B.

“We’ve added an ESG component, which essentially measures the emissions per tonne that each machine is moving.

“As well as setting production targets, a site can now also set emissions targets.”

Keeping track of emissions is more relevant than ever, as government bodies strengthen regulations around carbon emissions in the quarry industries.

“If you can bring the idling time down, you can reduce your emissions count,” Muir said. “And just generally, an improvement to production is going to reduce emissions.”

“Another thing Smart Quarry Site can do now is produce heat maps showing emissions clouds. So if there’s a concentration in machines operating in a particular area, then they’re obviously going to produce more emissions in that spot than where they’re travelling.

“You can visualise that now, which is particularly important when you’re working out of quarries close to urban areas.”

But Smart Quarry Site isn’t a simple “set and forget” solution; it’s a tailored experience.

“First we do a site investigation,” Muir said. “We start by interviewing the site supervisors of the quarry – understanding what they’re trying to achieve. Then we start to build that into the system.

“Each site is individual with its own set of KPIs, so we customise the platform’s parameters for each customer.

“It’s the same with safety in terms of the electronic pre-start checks. The checks are tailored to each machine because certain machines will have different safety functions and start-up requirements.”

Smart Quarry Site may have a new name, but it is still the leading way for quarry managers to optimise their sites’ efficiency.

For more information, visit komatsu.com.au

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