Payload system bolsters mining fleet operations

EarthTrack on Hitachi 1900-6 Credit: RCT

Gold mining company Silver Lake Resources is now more efficiently managing its earthmoving fleet in Western Australia after implementing RCT’s Earthtrack information monitoring tool.

RCT recently started up its EarthTrack Payload Management System on Silver Lake’s mixed fleet, which consists of five Cat 777F dump trucks, one Hitachi 1200-6 excavator and one Hitachi 1900-6 excavator.

The solution provides Silver Lake’s machine operators with real-time information about payload distribution and optimal load weights at the Mount Monger operation in Western Australia’s Goldfields.

Site managers can now closely monitor machine and operator productivity, prevent truck strut damage from overloading, reduce tire wear and achieve better fuel consumption to significantly reduce overall running costs.

The system transmits payload data from the truck being loaded to the loading tool – in this case the excavator – which enables the loader operator to fill the truck tray to the optimal weight.

One of the key features of the EarthTrack system is its monitoring of the payload distribution in real time. The system alerts the operator of an uneven distribution allowing them to take action to avoid strut damage.

The systems external LED Payload Display conveniently relays the load weight to any personnel in visual range of the display.

In a release, Scott Phillips, RCT account manager, said the system will maximize efficiency and productivity of the mining fleet.

“This solution enhances the excavator operator’s ability to load dirt in an effective manner that ensures optimal loading conditions with every bucket. Ineffective loading can lead to strut damage and wear and tear to machines which results in costly maintenance downtime to the mining fleet. This tool will enable site personnel to make better decisions to ensure smooth and consistent operations while allowing site management to monitor the operation closely.”

RCT will continue to provide after-sales support and technical assistance as required.

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