Downer strengthens mining fleet with Position Partners technology

Downer Group plans to upgrade the technology on its mining fleet across four Australian sites with Carlson machine guidance solutions supplied by Position Partners.

The mining services company will install the high-precision technology on 27 machine systems across dozers, excavators, drills and supervisor vehicles.

Carlson is a management tool that provides an in-depth understanding of machine and fleet performance.

It gives mine managers visibility into exactly how machines are operating, including the volume and location of material moved per hour, according to Position Partners mining business manager Andrew Granger.

The Carlson machine guidance solutions purchased by Downer include Drill Grade, Excavator Grade, Dozer Grade, Grade Supervisor and Carlson Command.

“Downer and Position Partners have worked closely on tailored mining solutions since 2014, when the company purchased its first Carlson high precision machine guidance system,” Granger said.

“Through a deep understanding of Downer’s requirements, along with a commitment by Carlson to listen to customer needs and design solutions to meet them, we were able to deliver a customised volumetrics module to get maximum productivity gains from their technology investment.”

A Downer spokesperson said the company partnered with local companies that have both technical capability and “boots on the ground” support.

“(That) is why Position Partners with the Carlson solution is a preferred supplier,” the spokesperson said.

Carlson’s custom-designed volumetrics module is integrated into the Carlson Command software platform, providing office reporting tools to the Downer Group on productivity and utilisation of the high precision machine guidance systems.

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