Surface Mine Safety: Equipment Navigation and Awareness Software Released

October 3, 2013

RICHMOND, BC, CANADA (October 2013) — Wenco International Mining Systems Ltd. is excited to introduce PitNav and Fleet Awareness, two new navigation and awareness applications for surface mining operations.

PitNav is a fully integrated visual GPS navigation system for mine truck fleets incorporating turn-by-turn directions, speed monitoring, haul cycle, and production information. PitNav displays navigation information using route segment and zone location data direct from the mine plan.

On-screen direction and distance turn indicators provide advance notification to operators of upcoming direction changes. Should an operator deviate from the intended route PitNav will automatically calculate an alternate route to get the truck back on course.

"PitNav is ideal for directing new drivers and keeping haul trucks on route in the dark or poor and changing weather conditions," explains Wenco Vice President of Sales and Marketing Glen Trainor. "When paired with Fleet Awareness, the one-two combination gives mines the ability to optimize the production fleet and provide increased safety for mine staff."

Fleet Awareness, an optional add-on for PitNav, adds an extra layer of safety to the valuable map and route information by tracking and displaying the movements of other Wenco-equipped units in the mine.

Fleet Awareness not only displays the position of other equipment, but also the activity and direction of that equipment, letting the operator quickly know where the oncoming units are located. With adjustable proximity zones and configurable audio and visual warnings, mines can determine how and when operators are alerted to other equipped units or identified hazards.

PitNav and Fleet Awareness are just two of the many new products and features available with Wenco's latest Fleet Management System release.‍

About Wenco International Mining Systems

For over 30 years, Wenco International Mining Systems has worked with mining companies to extract unrealized value. Under this mission, Wenco has developed an integrated suite of solutions to support the digital transformation of the mining industry. Fleet management, asset health, data analytics, and other technologies join together in the spirit of open interoperability and scalability to raise mine productivity and efficiency, lower routine costs, and establish a safe and smooth mining operation.

Wenco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.