RICHMOND, BC, CANADA (June 6, 2018) — With the release of System 6, Wenco International Mining Systems advances the capabilities of mining solutions to extract unrealized value, adding stronger data interoperability, actionable intelligence, and digitization of mine processes to the flagship Mine Performance Suite.
Through collaborative research with major mining companies and Hitachi group companies, Wenco's latest release responds to robust interest in using data to gain visibility, insight, and control over mine operations.
"Our customers are starting to look closer at how to unlock hidden value in data," says David Noble, vice president, research and development. "From fleet management to predictive maintenance to solutions beyond the pit, they consistently look for ways to better integrate their data.
"The release of System 6 brings all of these aspects of the Mine Performance Suite together, enabling customers to extract more value and context from their operations — with both real-time feedback and deeper insights from data collected."
Much of this newly extracted value comes from the business intelligence (BI) solution of System 6, Avoca. This easily deployable system integrates large volumes of data from disparate mining systems, finally connecting data types such as geospatial coordinates, ore body quality, spotting time, machine health, shift times, weather patterns, and more. With these discrete datasets brought together, this mining BI solution enables mines to gain efficient access to holistic views of their operations.
"This level of insight is a game changer for the mining industry," says Noble.
The inclusion of ReadyLine, a predictive maintenance solution, in System 6 further extends this concept of data interoperability and insight. ReadyLine empowers mines to reduce unplanned downtime while extending the lifespan of equipment and decreasing the cost of machine parts. Mines use ReadyLine to monitor sensors from a broad range of OEM equipment and predict failures before they happen.
"We hear from customers that they need more insight to be able to better plan maintenance," says Glen Trainor, vice president, sales, support and service. "Gaining predictability can significantly influence planning in the maintenance department and beyond. There has been a lot of interest in ReadyLine to expand planning capacity."
This renewed approach fully matches the vision of both Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM) and Hitachi Ltd. Since HCM acquired Wenco in 2009, extensive research and development with various Hitachi group companies have concentrated on support and integration of business intelligence, preventive maintenance, and autonomous haulage systems.
"As a company, we are taking aim at bringing together Wenco's 30 years of mine solutions development experience and Hitachi's global leadership in systems research, data sciences, and IoT to deliver more value to customers," says Andrew Pyne, president and CEO of Wenco. "Mines of the future will demand even more open systems, accessible and actionable data intelligence, digitization of processes, more predictable asset availability, and support for autonomous haulage. Wenco Mine Performance Suite Version 6 is the next step in this evolution."
To learn more about interoperability and data insights available in the new Wenco Mine Performance Suite, join our upcoming webinar Unlocking Hidden Value in Mine Operations Data. On June 13, Executive Vice President of Strategy Eric Winsborrow and Business Intelligence Product Lead Simran Walia will discuss a critical theme for the future of modern mining — extracting unrealized value from operational data and unified business intelligence. For more information about Avoca, ReadyLine, and the other components of Wenco Mine Performance Suite 6, please visit www.wencomine.com/system6/ or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.270.8277.