According to Motion Metrics, since its release in September, ShovelMetrics™ Oil Sands Edition has a success. One of the largest players in the Canadian oil sands market successfully trialed the company’s newest product offering and, after two months, purchased 10+ ShovelMetrics™ Oil Sands Edition systems for large rope shovels at two of its mine sites in Northeastern Alberta.
In a recent announcement, Motion Metrics said, “as a solution provider, it’s extremely gratifying when a client uses a product and then immediately comes back to order many more.”
Installation is expected to be at the end of 2017, and will be supported by the company’s domestic team.
ShovelMetrics™ Oil Sands Edition is the first system of its kind to harness thermal imaging technology. Harsh environmental conditions make missing tooth detection for oil sands shovels notoriously difficult. Bitumen accumulates in the GETs of shovel buckets as they dig, obscuring the bucket teeth and lip shrouds, and making it impossible for a standard visible light camera to reliably capture useable images for analysis.
The new systems uses a ruggedised thermal imaging system to identify shovel teeth even when they are obscured by bitumen. ShovelMetrics™ Oil Sands Edition can also monitor tooth wear to help the GETs crew at the mine predict and schedule change-outs more effectively. By connecting ShovelMetrics™ embedded computer to MetricsManager™ Pro system for analysis, mine management can optimise their operations for maximum efficiency and safety.