RICHMOND, BC, CANADA (October 2010) — In what is officially the largest deal in company history, Wenco International Mining Systems Limited has secured a contract for the supply and installation of Wenco's Fleet Management System (FMS) to four of Coal India Limited's (CIL) mines.
Sonepur Bazari, Gevra, Kusmunda, and Dipka will receive implementation of Wenco's FMS to monitor and control a total of 40 shovels and 224 trucks.
Sonepur Bazari is part of CIL's subsidiary, Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL). ECL has 17 opencast mines in total. The Sonepur Bazari project has a projected mine life of 46 years.
Gevra, Kusmunda, and Dipka are part of CIL's subsidiary South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL). SECL is the largest coal producing company in India, with a total of 21 opencast mines.
Wenco's Fleet Management System will monitor the position of mobile mining equipment at each of the mines, optimizing the use and performance of the equipment. Of note the system shall organize the dispatch of the dump trucks between the shovels, excavators and dumping points of the mine, improving the availability and utilization of the heavy equipment mining machinery.
In addition, the system will utilize its fuel and lube management feature to monitor and record fleet consumption by recording data dispensed from fuel stations and mobile fuel service vehicles.
Fleet health data will also be captured using onboard interfaces to Wenco's rugged Octagon computer installed on the equipment. The Octagon will facilitate the polling and capturing of signals from vital signs monitoring systems. Wenco's suite of machine health applications, Onboard Insight, Eventing System, and Maintenance Monitor help prevent equipment failures and cost over-runs with polling and alarm-notifications from onboard OEM sensors and system data.
"The contract explicitly stated that the successful supplier would provide an industry standard ODBC compliant technology," says Garth Connal, VP Sales for Wenco, "Wenco's open architecture philosophy will enable CIL the integration of Wenco's system with their ERP system for data import and export related to production, equipment performance and manpower attendance."