Zyfra Mining (formerly – VIST Group) implemented, together with CT Power, a fleet management and monitoring system in the mining section at the Shougang Hierro Peru, for COSAPI Mineria.
COSAPI Minería S.A.C. is a subsidiary of the COSAPI S.A. Group, leader in the construction and engineering sector, and acts as a contractor for open-pit mining operation. The fleet management was implemented in the Shougang Hierro Peru deposit, near the municipality of Marcona, Ica region, with the help of CT Power.
“This system will allow full monitoring of operations by increasing productivity and safety at Shougang mine thanks to the following features: real-time equipment monitoring, automatic truck assignment using intelligent ad-hoc algorithms, high precision selectivity in loading different types of materials, high precision drilling guidance and operator assistance. Also, we have included road quality monitoring, tire management and machinery diagnosis, among others.” – COSAPI said.
The main objectives of the fleet management system are the increase of production with the existing machinery, the control of the uniform mineral quality in the stockpiles and to increase safety of the open pit mining operation. Both are achieved by optimally distributing machinery and reducing the impact of human factor. The fleet management system helps to manage the load of trucks and control all tasks of drivers, preventing infractions. The program detects dangerous operations, such as a breach of speed limits or making unjustified stops. In addition, it is able to evaluate the work and impact of drivers and operators during their shift.
“The joint project with COSAPI Mineria is an opportunity for us to demonstrate the advantages and competitiveness of our technologies to mining companies in Latin America. In this project we have used best practices, proven in India and Morocco, as well as our technologies in the field of the internet of things and artificial intelligence,” – said Pavel Rastopshin, Managing Director Zyfra.
In the context of this project, all trucks, electro-hydraulic and diesel shovels, as well as drilling platforms, were equipped with sensors, while a high-speed MESH WiFi network was installed. Information about the operation of the machinery is accessible to operators and managers. In addition, truck operators and electro-hydraulic shovels can visualize this data in real time from the intelligent panels located inside the cabins of their vehicles. The dynamic optimization module automatically adjusts the best routes depending on the actual situation in the mine, as, for example, in cases of breakdowns of certain equipment or recently disabled roads.
Using Precision Drill software and hardware set, drilling parameters are controlled and load simulation is also carried out on the drilling areas using energy data obtained to understand the material that its being drilled on. Precision Drill ensures that the design of the drilling mesh and high precision accuracy (at the scale of centimetres) of the drilling machines are captured; the GLONASS/GPS system is also used. In addition, the project includes the road quality module that with the help of accelerometer data and graphics allows a much more accurate detection in a timely manner on problematic areas in these roads which affects the tires of the machinery and trucks.