Komatsu launches KOMTRAX Plus for mining

Komatsu has released its new KOMTRAX remote monitoring system designed specifically for mining equipment.

The equipment manufacturer has provided KOMTRAX remote monitoring on its range of equipment for a number of years, and is now focused on rolling out its latest version for the mining industry.

KOMTRAX Plus combines the benefits of Komatsu’s long-standing VHMS (Vehicle Health Monitoring System) with remote monitoring capabilities.

"The system allows mine management, asset managers and maintenance crews to view specific machine performance data remotely via any computer with an internet connection," Rick Augur, Komatsu Australia’s Telemetry Specialist – KOMTRAX Plus, stated.

“KOMTRAX Plus provides a means to remotely monitor the health of major components using Komatsu’s satellite technology on selected mining and production class machines, enabling constant evaluation of a machine’s condition and operations.

“This system has been designed to reduce repair costs and maintain optimal machine availability by helping prevent unscheduled downtime, through the combination of Komatsu’s proven VHMS and KOMTRAX offerings.”

KOMTRAX Plus, which is free for any Komatsu equipment already equipped with KOMTRAX, is available via the company's Equipment Care website.

"Our Equipment Care portal allows customers to view every machine in their KOMTRAX Plus fleet via a single platform, accessible to any computer with an internet connection,” Augur said.

“This portal provides users access to critical information about each machine, including machine performance, machine health, fault analysis, fuel data, payload data and idle time summaries.”

The new system also uses the data collected for Komatsu's ongoing Continuous Improvement program, he added.

It can be fitted to HD465, HD605, HD785, HD985, HD1500, 730E, 830E, 860E, 930E and 960E haul trucks; PC1250-7, PC1800-6, PC2000, PC3000, PC4000, PC5500 and PC8000 excavators and shovels; WA600, WA800, WA900 and WA1200 wheel loaders; and D375A and D475A dozers.

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