CR Mining’s multi-pronged approach to wheel loader optimisation uses tough tech and a smart cast lip. The DecaEdge 1545 is a premium product from a reliable manufacturer.
The DecaEdge cast lip range has long been a go-to solution for 10- and 11-station bucket lips, with its advanced design and low-maintenance capabilities. The DE1545 extends this offering, as the range’s latest addition of cast lip solutions caters to nine-station lips.
Operators of hard-working wheel loaders will benefit from a 33 per cent reduction in total costs, as the DecaEdge range can last for up to 25,000 hours with no major rebuilds.
CR Mining product marketing manager Katie Edser says the DecaEdge caters for customers where its competitors don’t.
“At the moment, a lot of applications on wheel loaders in mine sites are plate lips, and we provide a cast lip system, which was a world-first innovation from CR,” Edser says.
“The former often requires maintenance teams to do a lot of hot work around those particular lips. That’s a safety risk as well as a maintenance issue.
“Because they’re mechanically attached GET (ground engaging tools), our cast lips require less welding and less hot work. This is where some of the savings come in for the DecaEdge as it’s able to reduce maintenance and enhance productivity.”
The DE1545 builds on the sturdy reputation of its predecessors, including an integrated locking system in the lip shroud. The singular lip shroud is also an update on earlier versions, which had left, right and centre lip shrouds. This helps CR and its customers with inventory management.
Edser says the introduction of CR’s GET Trakka IoT technology will be a game changer for the product range.
“The DE1545 is our first GET Trakka-enabled lip – or a digitally enabled lip – which allows customers to use our digital products with this lip to enhance their performance,” Edser explains.
“The GET comes with a cavity, which can store a sensor in it. The sensor is activated while digging and if the GET comes loose, breaks off or gets lost, the operator is notified and can stop to avoid any further lip damage, while also locating the lost GET via a small handheld scanner.”
With CR Mining’s GET technology, an alarm module is displayed in the wheel loader cabin. The display will alert the operator of any malfunctions to the GET Trakka using a traffic light system.
The technology is optional, but the reassurance it provides is hard to go past, according to Edser.
“If you lose a tooth on a mine site, or a piece of GET, it has the possibility of halting production,” Edser says.
“If a piece of GET makes its way to a crusher, that can be extremely costly to a mine site if the crusher needs to have that steel removed via high-risk human intervention. For this reason, we see these as an insurance policy product for your mine site to stop that happening down the mining chain.”
For further insurance, CR Mining has its products tested both digitally and physically, such is the nature of the company’s expertise.
“Before even being manufactured, the products go through a number of software tests to make sure they can cope with various stressors and impacts, which can happen to these types of products,” Edser says.
“We also use our scale testing pit at our technology park in Brisbane. This helps us to assess the product’s wear and performance in a real-world situation digging to scale.”
Once tested, manufactured and implemented on site for customers, CR Mining also offers its real-time payload and condition monitoring software, the Titan 3330 system.
Using this load-and-haul optimisation system, customers can ensure they’re digging faster and more efficiently by avoiding underloads and overloads.
Edser explains how customers can get the best out of themselves using Titan 3330, in conjunction with the DE1545.
“With Titan 3330 load haul optimisation system installed onto a wheel loader, we are able to track the digging cycles and the payload of a machine. Operators can see, in real time, how they’re digging and can make adjustments to correct themselves to become more productive,” Edser says.
“Titan 3330 has previously been exclusive to excavators, but it has now been made available for wheel loaders, which is perfect for the DE1545.”
CR Mining has used the Titan 3330 system to measure the effectiveness of the DecaEdge range against its competitors and the results show the DecaEdge to be an objectively superior product.
Titan 3330 offers not only real-time analysis, but also data and improvement tools through Orion Analytics, allowing customers to take actionable steps in improving productivity.
This can be especially helpful when CR Mining’s mobile service teams visit their customers to monitor and maintain their products using their X-Calibre inspection application.
“They inspect the lip to see if there are any issues; any locks that aren’t performing correctly; if there’s any sort of elevated wear we need to plan for; and can give recommendations to the mine site to get the most out of that lip application,” Edser concludes.
This story also appears in the August issue of Australian Mining.