Truck Management System For Mining Industry
Mining is a process of extracting minerals from the earth’s crust for manufacturing products. Mining is a continuous process, so the machinery and trucks need to perform activities regularly without any interruption.
Trucks play a crucial role in moving the extracted ore to further process. They are also used to export the extracted raw materials to manufacturing units. The requirements of the truck differ based on the nature and size of the mine. Thus one should understand the needs of the fleet management system in Mines and then plan accordingly.
Truck Management System in Mining:
- Trucks are the main means of transport to send the extracted ore from mines to the manufacturing units. Trucks transit around 62%(varies depending upon the nature and size of the mine) of raw materials to the manufacturing units directly from mines using Road transportation. Thus, one can say how crucial the Mining fleet management systems for Mining industries.
Managing the movement of trucks plays a vital role in the smooth functioning of the mine because without trucks the extracted ore cannot be transported from the mining area to another process.
Sometimes the movement of trucks becomes very difficult because of the congestions that have occurred due to the lack of proper check-In and exit.
For time being let us assume that 20 trucks are inside the digging area where only 10 can fit in, which indicates that it can affect the activities near the pit as there is no place to the movement of trucks and can create a major obstacle for the mining activities.
Therefore, to resolve the difficulty CronJ has developed a Mining truck management system for Mines, where it assists in keeping the count of the vehicles that fit inside the mine and shut all the doors as quickly as the sufficient number of trucks enter into the mining area and open the gates only after the departure of those vehicles. Through this process, the mining activities can be done very conveniently without any difficulty.
- Trucks carry thousands of tonnes of minerals from mine to the production factory. Hundreds of vehicles come and go out of the mine, one cannot record all the trucks that have entered the mine.
During this process, hundreds of tonnes of extracted minerals go unrecorded, as the man forces who are appointed to look after this may be irresponsible and lazy to pen down all the details.
Similarly, man cannot save all the data in his mind, therefore resulting in the loss of data regarding the mineral dispatched.
Therefore, to solve this problem CronJ presents mining truck management solutions that record all the check-in and check-outs of trucks, by taking trucks plate number and Driver’s unique ID and Face as reference.
With the help of these software’s, one can hold all the records regarding the total number of trucks that have entered into the mining area and also the reports of data about, how many tonnes did one truck carry and it also helps in informing whether the truck has been sent out of the mine or is it still in the mine and provides the notification as soon as the truck leaves the mining area.
- Trucks play a very significant role in the transfer of minerals from mines to the place of manufacturing.
To transit, the vehicle must prefer a direction where there is no traffic or disturbance so that the minerals are been delivered to the plant at the expected time, which helps in the continuous flow of production process or, in some cases if the truck gets stuck in traffic then, there will be a delay in delivery, which might affect the production activities.
As an answer to this problem, the truck must use the mining fleet management solutions software developed by CronJ exclusively to explain the movement of vehicles on the road, which helps the truck driver to pick, the road which has less movement of vehicles and reach the manufacturing plant within the time it also gives notification to the driver if he is going in a route where there is more traffic, and also provides the information about the route which is free and empty.
- Every mine will have hundreds and thousands of vehicles to carry out its usual activities. Hence, recording all the movement of trucks i.e, the check-in and check-out time of trucks and registering the exact position of the vehicle, plays a very crucial role and one can’t record all the data as there are several trucks.
Therefore, CronJ’s dispatch fleet management system is providing A Software which helps in tracking all the activities of the truck, thus, developed software is very friendly and efficient in recording all the data regarding the activities of the trucks with the help of this tracker.
The main feature of this tracker is that it gives a unique ID number for every Truck which helps in easy tracking of the trucks, it also helps the mining authorities by giving notifications, if the truck is not moving for a long time and thus providing the information of trucks to the respective authorities.
Apart from these problems the Mining industry faces a lot of challenges, they are as follows:
- Unplanned and unorganized mine layout leads to the congestion at mine gates.
- Lack of communication between mines and terminal gates.
- Lack of pre-check-in and exit.
- Failure of Artificial intelligence.
These are the problems faced by the mining industries over the years and so many believe that there is no solution to these problems. To prove them wrong CronJ is having one of the finest Artificial Intelligence which can solve any given problem with great efficiency and user-friendly technologies The solutions given for Truck Management systems have been very useful and feasible.
Truck Management System Solutions Provided by CronJ:
Truck Appointment System:
As previously mentioned, CronJ has developed a Truck Appointment System to which The Truck Management System solution is required to be integrated. The Truck Appointment System will always be the starting point of any truck trip to the mine. An appointment would be selected either by a web portal or mobile application.
Virtual Queue Management:
The virtual queue management system is a flow management solution that enables trucks to wait in a virtual queue rather than a physical one.
Its concept is based on a first-in-first-out principle where the system shall assign trucks in the virtual queue automatically as per their appointments and their proximity to the mine. The system will clearly notify truck drivers when they can physically queue at specific lanes at the mine gates. The system must send notifications to the drivers after estimating arrival times based on GPS tracking (to be installed on all trucks) and live traffic monitoring (as mentioned earlier).
This system feature will ensure no truck congestion occurs at the mine gates as it automatically adds nearing trucks to the virtual queue list that continuously monitors the physical and virtual gate queue situation.
If the Trucks have arrived at the mine gates, then it will remove the truck from this virtual queue once entering the mine area via electronic gates(toll gates).
Buffer Zone Management :
As part of the Truck Management System, a buffer zone is expected to be developed, near the mine, for trucks to park until they are called upon to head towards a specific gate and lane or for troubleshooting purposes.
The system is required to continuously monitor the capacity of the buffer zone through integration with electronic gates (RFID readers) which are installed at the zone’s entry and exit points.
The basis for assigning and routing a truck to the buffer zone shall be when trucks arrive at the mine area earlier than their appointment.
Besides the automatic buffer assignment by the system, authorized users should be able to assign a truck to the buffer zone.
In these cases, users will assign a truck to the buffer zone manually, which overrules predefined system business logic.
Active confirmation for manual order change is required. For analytic purposes, a distinction between system- and manually triggered buffer assignments needs to be done.
The system should be able to define specific lanes and gates at the mine for trucks based on their appointments. Input for this will be provided by the mine itself, clearly defining the purpose for each of their gates.
Gates can be assigned for specific terminals, mineral types or activities. All potential combinations should be able to portray in the system.
The system must be scalable so that additional gates or lanes can be added and dedicated for different purposes.
Gate purposes should be created and assigned whenever required; in addition to, the possibility to make immediate changes (e.g. when an entire gate is under maintenance).
Gate assignment should be provided to the driver once a trip is initiated based on the appointment taken.
Drivers would not be directed to the exact lane or gate unless the capacity is available. Lane assignments would change based on availability at the time.
Besides automatic assignment by the system, authorized users should be also able to assign a truck to a specific lane and gate.
In these cases, users will assign a truck to a gate, which overrules the predefined system defined business logic.
Active confirmation for manual truck assignments is required.
For future internal analyses, it should be able to distinguish which assignment was done by the system and which by a user.
Integration with traffic data:
Updated live traffic data should be acquired through a system integration with existing 3rd party providers such as Google Maps.
Traffic data must be live to ensure accurate time calculations. The client is required to recommend a 3rd party provider for this system.
Road Traffic Monitoring:
To ensure a smooth flow of trucks to the mine(as mentioned earlier), the system is required to continuously monitor road traffic and inform drivers of their expected arrival times and possible delays due to road works or accidents. It is important to note that time is extremely important to ensure efficient trucking and mine operations.
Geofencing will be one of the system’s most integral aspects. The key purpose of it would be to set up a geofence a certain distance away from the mine at the point where drivers could be updated on their required destination at the time; be it a gate or buffer zone.
Also, geofencing will be used to monitor specific roads that the Traffic Police require trucks to be using. Today, trucks tend to use roads designated for passengers only and it is quite difficult to keep tabs on all of them. This system will ensure continuous monitoring of truck routes and ensure obeying Traffic Police rules.
The system will be able to identify trucks failing to stick to these routes at which point fines can be set. The system must be able to distinguish between differently implemented geofences.
Queue Position notification:
Based on results from the system’s virtual queue management feature, the driver will be notified of his position in the queue and his expected time of arrival. The initial queue position will be provided once a driver initiates his trip via the app and updated once the truck enters a predefined geofence. Also, queue waiting times should be provided.
Assigned Parking Area and Gate notifications:
As previously mentioned, drivers should receive a notification on their required destination whether the buffer zone or a specific lane and gate. This is provided once a trip is initiated by the driver and updated once the truck enters a predefined geofence.
Routes to be Taken notification:
The system should be capable of providing truck drivers with the optimal route towards the mine and their dedicated gate or buffer zone, depending on the current situation at the mine, and the estimated arrival time. These routes should be based on live traffic updates, roads permitted by the Traffic Police for truck use and the existing city traffic ban (applied to specific roads and at certain times). This is important to ensure all traffic laws and regulations are met; in addition to, the enabling of the system to estimate arrival times of the trucks. If drivers were to stay away from the defined routes, the relevant stakeholders need to be notified. In the case of accidents or road works, the system should provide drivers with alternative routes, if necessary.
The system is required to provide live updates to drivers and other users throughout the entire trip. These updates can include route changes, destination changes (specific gate or buffer zone).
The continuous monitoring of the mine and gate capacities and truck locations via the installed GPS systems will enable the provision of these live updates. Live updates need to be provided up to the point when the truck exits the mine through the electronic gates.
Appointment Delays notification:
In cases where trucks are expected to be late for their appointments whether due to road congestion or truck breakdowns,
for example, the system must update the terminal operators of such delays and provide an updated arrival time for the truck. This can ensure all operators can plan accordingly. An agreed-upon time needs to be set to change the status of a truck from “on time” to “delayed” during the development of the solution.
The points below indicate the step by step process. Any differences between entry and exit will be indicated:
- Before using the Truck Management System, all trucks are required to be registered in the Truck Management System and an RFID tag installed, containing all the necessary information of the truck i.e. plate numbers, registration information, licenses, permits.
- The authorized person completes the entry/exit documentation. Appointments can only be taken once documents and payments are completed.
- Appointments can be booked through an online portal or smartphone application. Appointment availability will be predefined by the terminal operators and appointments approved by them when selected. For entry, truck appointments can only be taken once clearance has been completed.
- Before starting their trip towards the mines, drivers are required to open the application on their smartphones and indicate they are about to initiate the trip. This should be done in the form of a simple button.
- The application confirms the driver. The confirmation triggers the provision of the optimal route, estimated time of arrival and required destination at the point of arrival i.e. buffer zone or direct to a specific lane and gate. Information needs to be monitored and updated in real-time, which means the provision of alternative routes based on current traffic should be triggered by the system.
- Upon crossing a specific geofence, the application provides the driver with updated information regarding the entry gate and lane or requirement to enter the buffer zone. This information is provided based on the situation of the gates and terminals at that point in time.
- In case of gate congestion, the driver is notified to drive towards the buffer zone until he is notified, via the app, to drive towards the dedicated lane and gate. For exports, due to the requirement for scanning, the system should initially direct the truck towards the mining area to complete its scanning before sending it to the mine gate. The system is required to ensure accurate measurement of time to complete the scanning process and take its position in the gate queues
- Upon driving to the new electronic mine gates, driver, truck and minerals details are verified RFID and OCR technology
- Once completing the verification check at the mine gate, the driver is allowed to head towards the terminal to pick up or drop the minerals or ore.
- After pick up or drop off, a similar driver, truck and mineral details verification are required upon exiting the mine.
- In cases where the truck exits the mine during truck traffic ban times, the truck will be instructed to head towards the buffer zone until the truck ban is lifted. This can be in the form of an application notification or a simple. The automated sign just outside the mine gate.
- Finally, the truck can leave and drive towards its intended destination.
Why CronJ for Truck Management System?
Truck management system’s main objective is to understand the movement of the trucks, either inside or outside the mine. It has to consider all the factors before going forward with the proposal.
Therefore, CronJ considers all the factors in mining fleet management, the factor might be small or big, we consider and take care of it with the utmost care.
It requires tonnes of hard work to come up with the solution to any problem and CronJ is very successful in solving the problems that others consider impossible.
CronJ provides high-tech solutions to any industry as they have already experienced in providing the services for the past few years without any difficulty.
CronJ has a team of talented professionals who not only solve the problem but who provide insight into the problem and satisfy its customer with its user- friendly experience.