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Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
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TERRAZAS PRADO, P.G.; KECOJEVIC, V.; BOGUNOVIC, D.  and  MONGEON, P.. Truck cycle and delay automated data collection system in surface coal mining. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2013, vol.113, n.11, pp.881-888. ISSN 2411-9717.

This paper presents the results of research on the development and application of a custom-made truck cycle and delay automated data collection system (TCD-ADCS) in a surface coal mining. Truck cycle and delay field data are locally stored in trucks and then synchronized and replicated through a wireless network into a centralized server containing an already-developed integrated production management system (IPMS). The system relies on motion sensing and distance travelled in order to automatically define the cycle starting/ending points, cycle time, position, and delay time. Connectivity and communication between loading equipment and trucks are also established. Communication between the equipment operators and TCD-ADCS system is via a user-friendly graphic interface. The hardware used for the development of this system consists of a rugged touch-screen personal computer, 2.4 GHz radio transmitter antenna, and a commercial GPS receiver. The system was developed, tested, and deployed at a surface coal mine in the USA.

Keywords : surface coal mining; truck and shovel; data collection; information systems.

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