24% Tire Life Improvement
Tires represent a key maintenance cost of modern haul trucks and a powerful area for cost containment. Poor operator practices lead to premature tire replacements.
This particularly affects mining operations in times of high demand and tire scarcity. Properly trained operators extend tire life without impacting productivity. Immersive Technologies delivers an average of 20% increased tire life through their Advanced Equipment Simulator training. This training gives equipment operators the skills and knowledge they need to operate in a productive manner while assessing and eliminating behaviors that cause unnecessary tire wear.
The simulator technology includes detailed monitoring of operator behaviors which directly impact tire wear including operation around spillage, dry steering, aggressive cornering and usage of service brakes at excessive speeds. This has resulted in an enhanced assessment tool for managers to determine which tire wear operator behaviors are most prevalent on their site and represent the greatest opportunities for cost reduction.
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Mine management sought to reduce traffic incidents, increase availability of the truck fleet, and reduce costs of tire replacement (one of the largest costs for the operation).
Site achieved an 88.6% reduction in traffic incidents 2018 to 2020 and a 43% increase in tire life from 2018 to 2020.
Open-pit Copper Mine, Africa
Site had increasing rates of premature tire wear and excessive costs due to operators frequently driving over rocks.
The mine achieved a 46% reduction in premature tire replacement costs and 9% increase in tire life hours after project completion.
Rio Tinto Borax, USA
Rio Tinto Borax were facing high workforce turnover and a need to upskill an incoming contingent of new operators in a demanding production environment.
Immersive Technologies simulators ensured increased operator safety and reduced equipment-related costs, translating to increased production. 25% improvement in tire life hours was recorded, as well as cost savings of over $900,000 USD in one year.
The largest underground miner in Mexico, NEMISA were looking for industry support to reduce machine damage and maintenance costs in their operations.
Before, during and at the end of the three-month period in the simulators, in-pit data was analyzed against the simulator results to confirm the best practices learned.
The Dolores mine reported the 29.4% tire cost improvement.
Silver Mine, Mexico
The customer lacked a formal training process and a formal trainer on site, relying on experienced operators to train new operators using site equipment (which was not readily available).
Over seven months, the results showed 25.5% reduction in tire replacement for underground trucks.
Crude Oil Producer, Canada
The production support team identified a need to extend tire life in order to reduce costs.
A Continuous Improvement Project was initiated utilizing an Immersive Technologies Simulator as the agent to change employee behavior in the field. This resulted in a 33% decrease in tire replacements.