Machine Guidance

3 Surprising Ways Integrated Machine Guidance Makes Your Whole Mine Smarter

3 Surprising Ways Integrated Machine Guidance Makes Your Whole Mine Smarter

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Mines know the benefits of standalone machine guidance. Cost. Flexibility. Sites can drop a system on a contractor machine and set it to work — no muss, no fuss. Some mines wonder why they’d ever need to integrate their fleet management and machine guidance systems at all. It’s true, standalone systems work great (even...

Dozer push  — the machine KPI your mine forgot about

Dozer push — the machine KPI your mine forgot about

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It’s easy to keep track of your trucks and shovels. Fleet management tools and OEM systems specialize in analyzing engine hours, cycle times, payload volumes, and dozens of other KPIs. With that data in hand, it’s simple to assign dollar figures for every hour your core equipment spends working. It’s just as easy to...

How accurate is high-precision machine guidance?

How accurate is high-precision machine guidance?

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Many factors play a role in determining a machine’s position accuracy. First and foremost, which part of the machine are you trying to measure? On dozers, our BenchManager machine guidance system measures the machine’s elevation at track level. Track elevation tells us how the terrain is built. These measurements are the same as those...

Drill Navigation: The Basics and What We Offer

Drill Navigation: The Basics and What We Offer

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By the 1970s, large drilling machines had become widely used in the mining and quarry industries. These drills would move from one hole location to another by one of two means: either surveyors would mark each hole location for the entire pattern or drill operators would manually measure the distance between each hole location....

High precision GPS and machine guidance software for complex ore bodies

High precision GPS and machine guidance software for complex ore bodies

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Before the advent of high precision GPS for mining equipment, selective mining of complex ore bodies was virtually nonexistent and extremely costly. High precision machine guidance has given mining operations the ability to selectively mine detailed ore and waste zones to minimize both ore dilution to the processing plant and also ore loses to...

GNSS antenna alignment for machine guidance systems

GNSS antenna alignment for machine guidance systems

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My first hands on experience with GPS was on a Soviet Seismic ship called the Akademik Kreps, where the company I worked for provided the navigation system. Seismic surveyors explore for oil on land and offshore by sending an energy source into the ground, then recording the energy returns on a chart, and mapping this chart to...

BeiDou, coming to a mine near you

BeiDou, coming to a mine near you

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While there hasn’t been a new satellite launch in recent days for the BeiDou satellite constellation, the system is still slated to be available globally in 2020 with 35 total satellites. Launched back in 2000, the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) is China’s government sponsored global positioning system with 14 currently usable satellites. The Chinese...