With the purpose of not only diversifying its line of products but also walking towards technological advancements that transform the way mining operations work, Duratray International is trialling its latest product, the Smart Tray 4.0, across Chile and Australia.
The main goal of all Duratray’s products has been to maximise customers’ mining performance through high technological solutions. The design of the company’s staple product, the Suspended Dump Body (SDB), offers just that by reducing carry back, increasing payload and reducing maintenance cost, the company says. However, Duratray is committed to take the truck and tray’s performance even further.
Duratray says it has developed the first Smart Tray on the market, the Smart Tray 4.0, which allows customers to make decisions in real-time via data monitoring and alerts, as well as plan maintenance based on analysis of historical data and advanced and automated analytics that can predict failures.
“We achieved this by using modern technologies such as digital sensors, cloud storage, wireless connectivity and our own platform and infrastructure that glues all the modules of the system together,” Pablo Rossi, Project Leader of the Smart Tray 4.0, says.
The Smart Tray 4.0 technologies are independent of the truck manufacturer and, as such, can be deployed on hybrid fleets, allowing the customer to access their whole fleet from a single system for a fraction of the cost, according to Duratray.
The system that supports the Smart Tray 4.0. is modular and customisable so it can be designed to support any type of mine or quarry in the world, and has the capability to integrate existing sensors on the trucks.
“The interoperability and universality of the system allows the comparison of performance across different trucks, different materials being transported, different loaders, different climates, etc, enabling us to identify and share best practices for the mining and construction industries,” Rossi added.
Currently, the Smart Tray technology is operational at mine sites in the north of Chile and Western Australia, the company concluded.
(photo courtesy of De Beers Group)