An essential part of all mining operations is your mobile fleet. The trucks that take your raw extracted material to the processing plant must be well-managed and maintained to carry a regular full payload in a timely, fuel-efficient manner.
Introducing robust Fleet Management practices will positively impact the smooth running of your mining & extraction operations. Best-of-breed Asset Management System Infor EAM includes Fleet Management functionality to record data pertaining to the health of your mobile assets. This data can be used to guide actions for your fleet’s management and maintenance to increase productivity and bring cost-per-mile savings.
Consequences of Poor Fleet Management:
- Increased journey times
- Hold-ups in processing due to reduced deliveries of extracted raw materials
- Unnecessary capex on new fleet
- Increased fuel cost-per-mile
- Accidents/Breakdowns/Safety risks for truck operators
- Long repair times and critical assets out of action
- Mismanagement of inventory / spare parts
- No accurate record of equipment maintenance costs, depreciation or downtime
Introducing Infor EAM’s Fleet Management Functionality
Infor EAM takes feeds from IoT sensors and onboard computers to enable you to better track the health and performance of your fleet. Key KPI data includes:
- Fuel consumption
- Tyre wear and tear and pressure
- Engine condition water pressure and temperatures)
These KPI’s can be accessed via a single dashboard. This performance data can be broken down by site or geographical location. Operations managers can create reports, generate work orders and also your cost-per-mile.
A West African mining client of Progressive TSL uses the Fleet Management module of Infor EAM on a daily basis for fuel management. The KPI dashboard can highlight discrepancies between fuel purchased and fuel issued to act quickly on any changes. The dashboard will also alert the Fleet Management team to upward trends in fuel consumption, such as a fuel leak. This may be an indicator that proactive maintenance is necessary to remedy the situation. Because Fleet Management sits within the Infor system, inspection requests can then be raised in Infor EAM, and where necessary, work orders are scheduled, returning an asset to service as quickly as possible. Ultimately, this proactive maintenance strategy will help ensure MTTR (Mean Time to Repair) is minimised and MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) is maximised.
Infor EAM includes a Fleet Management module designed specifically to manage your mobile plant. This module can itemise trucks as a piece of fleet, distinct from fixed plant assets. This enables you to assess performance and manage work with variables unique to Fleet Management. In addition, you can store and process key information about your vehicle assets, including warranties, purchase orders and a bill of materials.
Data stored in your EAM can be used to generate Work Orders in Infor EAM based on a combination of preventative, corrective and conditional maintenance plans. Against a repair, you can assign jobs, issue parts and update meter readings.
The Infor Fleet Management Module supports standardised maintenance codifications like VMRS. You can also schedule maintenance down to the hour so that no time is wasted in returning mission-critical assets back into service. Once a job starts, you can track the estimated cost vs actual cost of repair and the remaining balance – all recorded against that particular truck and the specific asset. You can also keep track of the downtime for the asset – and if the vehicle is out of action for a long time, you can analyse the reason, e.g. whether there is a parts problem or technician training issue.
Service recommendations can be made based on the rules you set up (i.e. setting a fuel consumption limit alert) or schedule regular servicing (i.e. every three months). You can also set alerts to remind you of when your assets need inspecting/servicing and assign technicians to service assets.
Repairable spares inventory
Infor EAM includes an Inventory Management module. This works with Fleet Management to keep track of purchases and use of your repairable spares and parts. From EAM, you can create purchase orders for parts and then keep a record of inventory levels and where and how often they are requested and used. This supports your re-ordering strategies (using the MRP functionality within Infor EAM). Each part can be added to the record of an individual asset. You can use data about the frequency and cost of purchasing spares to decide whether it is cost-effective to repair the asset.
Using Infor EAM’s Fleet Management module will guarantee that all the trucks in your mobile fleet are well managed and maintained to maximise production and minimise fleet downtime. Speak to Progressive TSL about your Fleet Management needs and how Infor EAM can help you to keep your fleet running at an optimum level. To read more about Progressive TSL’s innovative approach to mining business systems, see our recent blog: Focus on Mining.