Wenco to unveil System 6 at MINExpo 2016

August 10, 2016

RICHMOND, BC, CANADA (August 10, 2016) — With the leaps in Wenco technology set to debut at MINExpo 2016, the mining industry is about to enter a whole new future of better performance.

From September 26 to September 28, Wenco will join the other top innovators in mining at MINExpo International, the world's largest mining trade show. Held once every four years, this event sets a stage for the global mining industry to connect and showcase new developments in mining solutions, equipment, and technology.

Image of Hitachi Booth at MINExpo 2012

This year's show is especially noteworthy for Wenco. As we enter our 30th year, we're gearing up to launch our latest solutions to make mining simpler, smarter, and safer. Get ready to experience Wenco System 6.

"It's a real triumph that our fleet management systems and other technology have had such an impact on mining for over thirty years," said Phil Walshe, president and CEO of Wenco. "System 6 is a huge step forward for us as an organization and, I think, for mining systems as a whole."

The sixth edition of our mine performance suite brings major updates to our core applications. It also adds several new solutions designed to address the most crucial issues in mining today.

Our flagship Wencomine fleet management system has gotten a complete overhaul. Its two main applications — Fleet Control and MineVision — have now merged into a single, easy-to-use interface. Dispatchers have even greater flexibility and control when assigning trucks, adjusting haul routes, or tracking production. We've also rewritten the code base to give the system faster and smoother processing and to allow for more enhancements down the line.

Along with this update, we also have four new solutions that push Wenco into new frontiers of mining performance.

The Avoca Intelligence Suite builds on the technology already engineered by Wenco, giving it new focus with the power of business intelligence. Drawing on a platform from BI leaders Tableau Software, Avoca offers mines unprecedented control for viewing and exploring their data. Our custom-built data warehouse blends information from Wenco and other systems used in mining. That lets Avoca shine a light on relationships and trends long hidden from even the most data-savvy mines. While other BI systems have struggled to adapt to mining, ours was built from the ground up with industry knowledge. As a result, it handles the unique data challenges of mining with flair — especially plotting large volumes of geospatial data.

Wenco Learning paves a new path not just for Wenco, but for mining technology in general. Our new online training platform lets miners learn how to use our technology at their own pace. E-learning courses built in conjunction with experts PRIME Learning guide students through the complexities of our systems. It gives mines the ability to keep their staff up to speed, without running costly training sessions that take time away from mine operations. It's a completely new approach to training for mines.

Activity Dispatch fills in the last gap for Wenco's dispatching solutions. Mines can now automate and optimize their short, routine tie-downs — events like lunch breaks and bathroom stops — that interrupt regular production. It joins Dynamic Dispatch and Fuel Dispatch to complete our end-to-end dispatching service. Mines can now trust that every activity in their haul cycle has advanced logic keeping it flowing as well as it possibly can.

Image of Wenco Mine Performance Suite flag

Perhaps most exciting is the next evolution of our Fleet Awareness safety system — Fleet Awareness V2X. More than just another fleet safety tool, Fleet Awareness V2X functions as a true collision avoidance system. We've taken the road vehicle safety system developed by Hitachi and custom fit it for the challenges of mining. Sensors with peer-to-peer technology gather live data from the mine. Then, our system processes it through logic based on guidelines from the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table. In split-seconds, Fleet Awareness V2X knows the likelihood of a collision and it sounds an alarm to keep operators safe — but without false positives, only when necessary.

Two of our legacy solutions have also received significant updates that will debut at MINExpo International. Our tire management system TireMax has been refitted from the ground up. We've refreshed the interface, added inventory functions, and extended our integration with third-party tire pressure monitoring systems. At the same time, our asset health management system ReadyLine has also gotten new functions. Now, the system offers virtual signals. Mines can track machine performance and configure alarms based on a blend of two or more OEM sensors. Preventive maintenance just got more proactive.

"It's just incredible to see the innovations our engineers keep coming up with," said Walshe. "Now we've expanded into things like business intelligence, e-learning. … We're really staying on the cutting edge of technology to help our customers perform better and better."

Wenco representatives will show demos of these systems and more from Booth 8955-C in the Hitachi Construction Machinery pavilion throughout the trade show. Make time to stop by and learn how these technologies can help your mine. For more information in the meantime, contact Marketing Supervisor Geoff Gauthier at ggauthier@wencomine.com or 604.270.8277.

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 to raise mine productivity and efficiency, lower routine costs, and establish a safe and smooth mining operation. 

A Hitachi company since 2009, Wenco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.