Hitachi Construction Machinery Launches ConSite Mine Machinery Analytics Solution to Global Market

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Posted by Paul Moore on January 28, 2022

Hitachi Construction Machinery Co Ltd (HCM) has launched ConSite Mine to the global market – a service solution that provides machine analytics to help solve problems at mine sites using IoT to remotely monitor mining machines 24 hours a day, and AI to analyze the operating status of machines.

ConSite Mine performs 24-hour remote monitoring of compatible ultra-large hydraulic excavators and rigid dump trucks and provides two types of status reports to customer maintenance personnel or distributor service personnel. Reports are sent by email or via the “ConSite Mine Shot” smartphone app. The “Monthly Report” provides updates on the working status of the machine each month, while the “Alarm Report” informs personnel when anomalies are detected by the various sensors installed on the machine that may require immediate attention.

A standout feature of the service is the “Load Index” function, which combines the use of AI with proprietary stress analysis technology based on Hitachi Construction Machinery’s knowledge of machine design and manufacturing. mining. Load Index predicts abnormalities in the booms and sticks of ultra-large excavators due to excessive stress or overload, helping to prevent major damage or incidents.

Since mining machines require stable operations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, operating data is historically collected from sensors installed on the machines. However, it is generally difficult to make detailed predictions about the occurrence of problems using conventional methods; maintenance personnel have generally used machinery run time as a guide in determining when to perform periodic maintenance, inspection and replacement of parts. The time and cost spent inspecting machinery and identifying the causes of failures has been a burden on customers and service personnel.

By enabling service personnel to verify analysis results in reports and then perform maintenance, inspection and replacement of parts at the appropriate time based on the condition of the mining machinery, ConSite Mine offers greater value to customers by improving safety and productivity, reducing life cycle costs and minimizing machine downtime.

Hitachi Construction Machinery plans to extend the functionality of ConSite Mine even further by connecting to the cloud-based asset health management system “ReadyLine” provided by Canadian subsidiary Wenco International Mining Systems Ltd. This will provide an integrated system management solution and enable features such as a real-time dashboard that displays results such as energy efficiency tuning tailored to the operations performed by the operator and the characteristics of the operating site. of the rigid dump truck.

The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group says it has “always sought to serve as a familiar and trusted partner by providing reliable solutions that solve customer problems. As we continue our efforts to grow the mining parts and services industry, we continue to strive to address social issues around the world.

In more detail, with Load Index, the accumulated load applied to the boom and stick welded structure during digging can be analyzed via machine sensors and AI to predict the possibility of anomalies, such as than stress fractures. Unlike the common method of installing strain sensors which can detect such problems, the “Load Index” function can provide guidance on maintenance, inspection and operation methods according to the condition of the welded structure before any structural damage occurs.

With the Operation Data Recorder function, up to 10 minutes of machine data is recorded, automatically triggered by vehicle body conditions that may lead to an accident, such as the sudden body tilt of the ultra-large excavator . This safety feature is designed to provide information to identify the causes of incidents, if they occur, and help the customer establish measures to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.

In addition to receiving monthly status and alarm reports, with the ConSite Mine Shot app, the customer or service personnel can automatically create inspection reports simply by taking photos of inspected locations with a camera. smartphone and entering comments on the inspection results. This allows customers to maintain consistent and more accurate machine reports to better understand machine condition and help support data obtained through inspection reports.

In addition to these features, Hitachi Construction Machinery plans to add anomaly detection function in the hydraulic pumps of very large hydraulic excavators, as well as the ConSite OIL service to remotely monitor hydraulic oil and oil information. engine oil.

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