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Metso offers fleet management for Lokotrak plants


September 25, 2014
By Metso

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metsofmSeptember 25, 2014 – Remote monitoring of crushing data from
quarries is becoming a crucial element in mobile crushing and screening
applications. Today, Metso offers complete fleet management and automation
systems, designed for all Lokotrack range mobile applications.

metsofmSeptember 25, 2014 – Remote monitoring of crushing data from
quarries is becoming a crucial element in mobile crushing and screening
applications. Today, Metso offers complete fleet management and automation
systems, designed for all Lokotrack range mobile applications.

 

Metso Fleet Management system consists of an IC process
control system, a satellite uplink and a Metso DNA Report portal. It collects
and presents a daily overview of the operating Lokotrack fleet including
effective operating hours, fuel consumption, location of the units, alarms and
parameter changes.

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Metso IC process control system, a standard feature in all
Lokotrack crushing plants, collects crusher data continuously. With the new
fleet management tool, this information is being sent from Lokotrack uplink via
satellite daily to be used in internet portal. The crushing data can be
accessed via internet.

 

"Without this system, collecting operating hours and
other data manually is time consuming. There are also delays before the numbers
are at your fingers and the data can be inaccurate. Metso Fleet Management
provides daily operating data automatically wherever you are, saving time and
enhancing the accuracy of information," comments Julius Mäkelä, Project
Manager at Metso Mining and Construction.

 

"Maintenance, ordering the spares and wears and
re-fuelling can be organized in a more effective way when you know the exact
fuel consumptions and operating hours of individual units. Here, the fleet
management tool can provide valuable assistance," Mäkelä adds.

 

Parameter changes have direct effect on crushing and
screening process. Data and parameter changes are collected by the Metso DNA
Report portal and data can be accessed anywhere using internet.

 

In the Report portal, you can compare data between the
units, days or weeks. Repeating alarms due to the misuse of the unit cannot be
hidden anymore. Using the portal, you have the means to guide operators to use Lokotrack
in a proper way and to preserve the value of your investment.

 

Besides active product development, Metso has continuously
developed new tools to ease customers operations and make those more
profitable. In addition to the fleet management, Metso launched last year the
ICr remote monitoring system for Lokotrack plants, providing wireless real time
operating data and unit control to the excavator cabin for the operator.

 

The ICr system improves working safety and comfort while the
operator can adjust all basic crushing parameters without leaving the excavator
cabin, using a handy colour display.

 

For complete mobile plant automation, a Metso DNA automation
system is available, featuring full process controls for feeders, crushers,
conveyors, screens and hoppers. The system controls material feed rate,
re-circulation and crusher loads, for example.

 

Target values for automatic controls are given in a control
room and they are gathered as production recipes that can be easily created,
edited and uploaded by operators. The Metso DNA control cabin with its displays
provides real-time process information and camera images.

 

The first Metso DNA's for mobile and portable crushing
plants have been already installed and are in operation at North European
crushing contractors in demanding operation environment. The feedback thus far
is very positive: plant automation secures a continuous production of high
quality end products and makes the operating environment safer and more
comfortable.