Lighting system runs off conveyor belt energy

KRS Design, a Wollongong based electronics design and manufacturing company, has developed the Energy Harvester Lighting and Control System, or Energy Harvester for short.
The system has been designed to be used in conjunction with existing conveyor roller systems in coal preparation plants (both above and underground), ship loading operations and a number of other applications where conveyors are used to transport products over a long distance.
It harnesses the kinetic energy from conveyor belt rollers (or idler rolls) and uses this energy to power lighting, control and diagnostic devices. It would be suitable for large-scale mining operations, as well as materials and manufacturing plants where there is a large conveyor run that doesn’t have a 240VAC power supply.
The system can provide up 100m of lighting, sensors and communications hub (cluster) without a need for an external electrical supply. It can be installed on existing systems using plug-and-play cables and devices.
The generator is coupled to an idler roll on the conveyor system with the roller chosen being the one that is located at the bottom of the conveyor in the return path of the belt.
The electrical power can be used for sensors, internet, cameras and other specialised applications without the need to run an electrical supply along the length of the conveyor, which can be many kilometres long on some installations.
The power generated is also used to power an LED lighting system along the conveyor which can light up the customer’s product on the conveyor as well as the walkway alongside the conveyor, which enhances safety and productivity along the conveyor system.
Each Energy Harvester system draws approximately 150W from the conveyor infrastructure, which is 150W per 100m. In the case of a conveyor system run that stretches for kilometres, where numerous Energy Harvesters can be installed, it has been designed to not overload the power limitations of the existing conveyor system, as typically these systems tend to be using up to 200-500 Kilowatt motors.
On top of all this, there is purpose-built software to monitor and control the Energy Harvester. All aspects of the conveyor line within 100m of the system control box can be checked, viewed and monitored remotely.
There are currently three demonstration systems installed out in the field. The first system is installed in a Coal Preparation Plant located in Lithgow. This system has been running for 15 months without any failures or problems. The second and third systems are installed at two separate underground coal mines. They have been running six months and three months respectively and have had no performance issues.

FAST effluent system gets gong at Bulk Handling Awards

CST Wastewater Solutions has been highly commended in the environmental category of the 2016 Bulk Handling Awards for its Modular Smith and Loveless Fixed Activated Sludge Treatment (FAST®) system. This system helped an Australian mining operation produce an effluent water quality to Class A standard.
“It’s fantastic to be recognised amongst other industry leaders for advanced technology that enables bulk handling companies to become more environmentally sustainable by developing and installing practices that reduce the environmental impact of mining and industrial operations,” said Michael Bambridge, Managing Director, CST Wastewater Solutions.
“FAST® systems are particularly convenient, because the entire system can be built into a standard shipping container. This helped enormously with the remote location of this project,” said Bambridge.
The judges were impressed with the convenience and portability of the FAST® system, which adds a crucial advantage to rural sites, where expert staff are in shorter supply.
The Class A performance means the water can be recycled for processes around the site, in accord with the company’s ethos of improving quality of life and effectively managing impacts.
The installation at the mine follows previous installations globally at remote locations such as mining and energy installations and commercial and recreational facilities operating in areas where water is a precious shared resource and where there may be water quality issues.
One of the FAST® systems installed is used for the plant workshop, which has a maximum daily flow of 110m3. The second system is installed at the village, for the camp and accommodation block, which has a maximum daily flow of 345m3.
Effluent produced can be recycled into suitable industrial, public facility and commercial processes.
“The FAST® system allows this major entity to reuse the effluent water for dust suppression and lubrication water, which helps with their environmental footprint,” sayid Bambridge.
“The modular format of the FAST® System also allows an easy bolt on for any expansion in workforce. For any future major increase of staff numbers, it is a simple matter of adding another FAST® 20-foot Module. Each system is designed to handle an increase of approximately 200 workers. This could be incorporated in the design.”

How will transport succeed in a ‘higher expectation’ future?

How will transport look in the future? Will people and governments ever accept driverless b-doubles careering through city streets? Will we see flying delivery vans? Near-instant drone deliveries, or delivery by particle beam, Star Trek-style?
Change won’t be smooth. Driverless trucks might be available, but the regulations will take some time to catch up. Innovations raise serious questions about safety and security, which will become political as the regulators and the public weigh up the pros and cons.
Rather than focus on what might be coming, we need to step back and consider the principles which will drive future developments.
The big picture tells us transport is often a source of great angst in the supply chain, as it’s one of business’s greatest costs. It also tells us that both B2B and B2C customers are becoming more savvy, and have growing expectations.
Our ability to succeed in this ‘higher expectation’ future will come down to applying timeless principles of successful delivery transport: the ability to offer efficient, personalised service.
We need to continually ask: are we able to meet or even surpass the consumer’s expectations? Already, supply chain innovation from global behemoths such as Amazon are having a knock-on effect across many industries. We all need to put ourselves in the mindset of the ‘want-it-now’ shopper.
Innovations such as next-day or half-day delivery, or parcel delivery tracking, become a standard expectation. Can same day delivery become same-hour delivery? If consumers come to expect it, we will need to figure it out.
A key principle is that the wrong transport option affects a product’s cost viability to market, and the customer experience, which determines future sales. This applies to driverless vehicles, drones or standard delivery methods. If driverless trucks require a babysitter driver for safety reasons there may be some efficiency gains regarding fewer accidents and better fuel efficiency. But will there be big savings? How do we measure the performance? No matter what the method, you need a mentality to continually question and analyse to get results.
Unfortunately, many organisations fall over at the first step – not fully understanding their transport costs. Many variables need to be accounted for. While technological tools are available, the knowledge to use these tools to their potential is often missing. Without this crucial starting point, it’s difficult to keep tabs on how your transport costs can be reined in and performance improved.
Greater efficiency and responsiveness are keys, which means better flexibility across the supply chain. Technology also plays a key role. In transport, we are seeing supply chains across the board benefit from telematics and RFID technology to track deliveries – QR codes are good for inventory and protecting against lost or misplaced goods, and play a big role in customer service by automatically updating customers on a parcel’s delivery status. It’s now a standard expectation among both B2B and B2C customers.
In a quest to become more efficient, we can expect more data-driven decision-making. New technologies such as blockchain, a distributed ledger system, may introduce greater transparency and security for contracts.
You don’t necessarily need to be first to the market and take undue risks. But you do need a finger on the pulse to understand the changes and be open to new ways of doing things.
We can expect refinements in areas aside from technology, including more specialists in the market, more collaboration with clients, 3PL providers being more integrated and accountable, and collaboration between specialist suppliers across the supply chain. This may include insourcing specialist teams, which include back-up personnel for when you have absentees, or when you need to increase resources quickly. This might include working un-traditional hours to increase delivery efficiencies, or re-evaluating whether outsourcing the warehousing, transport and other supply functions is better than doing it in-house. While insourcing is nothing new, it remains underutilised.
With more pressure to be faster and traceable, and the competitive pressure of global markets encroaching on traditional local areas, companies will increasingly avoid running an entire end-to-end service themselves. Partnering with the correct suppliers who specialise in areas of the supply chain will be just as critical to a client’s success in the future as it is now. The delivery method (plane, drone, train, truck, driverless car or pushbike) is still inefficient unless the cornerstones such as correct processes, systems, management and KPIs are in place.
The good news is that many of the solutions that make you more efficient are becoming more accessible. Insourcing a dedicated transport team makes you more responsive, and gives you more flexibility with costs. Telematics technology is now available to everyone via smartphone, whereas previously it was only accessible to the larger freight companies.
A healthy supply chain benefits business like a healthy cardiovascular system benefits an individual. It’s inseparable from business success. Whether the crucial transport delivery happens via flying van or particle beam will be fascinating to see.
Walter Scremin is general manager of national transport provider Ontime Group

Centurion wins BHP freight contract

BHP has awarded a five-year freight contract to transport and logistics supplier Centurion, which will cover BHP Billiton’s Nickel West sites, according to the The West Australian.

The contract comes as BHP is looking to restart development at the northern Goldfields where it has nickel deposits. Nickel West also has plant in Kwinana, Kambalda and Kalgoorlie that will need logistics support.

Owned by the Cardaci family, Centurion’s Kalgoorlie and Perth Airport distribution centres will be the hubs of the new business.
“We already have existing clients in the area and this new contract will help us grow the local business by putting on additional services to and from Perth,” says Centurion executive general manager Justin Cardaci.
Cardaci says that part of their current focus has been to grow its business organically in Western Australia as it claims to have “the most extensive logistics network in the State.

Gladstone to get new LNG operations terminal

A new marine operations terminal will be constructed on Gladstone Port Corporation land, expected to generate more than 100 local jobs.
The $17 million LNG facility, with investment from both Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas (GLNG) and Queensland Curtis Liquefied Natural Gas (QCLNG), will cut down ferry transportation times to Curtis Island, the Gladstone Observer reports, and support both operations.
Contracting company Goldings is undertaking the construction, which is set for completion by May next year.
Gladstone Ports Corporation CEO Peter O’Sullivan welcomed the corporations’ decision to to lease the port for the new facility.
“The port land on which the facility will be constructed provides a good location in terms of proximity to Curtis Island, with adequate protection from tides and currents that may impact transit operations,” he said.
QLD ports minister Bailey said the operation was the “result of great collaboration between the LNG operators and the port”.
Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher also supported the new facility, saying it was the type of investment the region needed.
“I know local tradies are looking for construction jobs right now and this delivers that opportunity as well as permanent employment in its ongoing operation,” he said.

Navman releases new GPS range with extra safety features

Navman’s latest GPS models comes with a range of safety features such as Full HD Recording, High Quality Glass Lens, G-Shock Sensor, Optimised Day/Night Recording as well as GPS Tracking come standard in Navman’s latest MiVUE.
Navman’s entry level MiVUE 630 was created to enable to accurately record all the evidence required to help you show what happened in an accident. With Optimised Day/Night Recording in Full High Definition 1080p quality means that footage is filmed clearly.
The G-Shock Sensor records the direction and speed of impact, and the built-in GPS Tracking will give the coordinates of exactly where an incident occurred.
Users can see all this on the MiVUE Manager – Navman’s desktop software as well as download footage needed to send to police or upload to YouTube.
The MiVUE 660 has a larger 2.7“ screen as well as a Photo Mode, which means the device can record time-stamped, geo-coded photographs that can be used as evidence for insurance claims.
Navman has also stepped up the protection with some new safety features in the MiVUE 660 with a dashcam that comes with Headlight Alert to allow driver to know when they need to switch headlights on in low light areas, as well as Driver Fatigue Alert.

    G-Shock Sensor
    The built-in 3-Axis G-Shock Sensor automatically locks the recorded video footage, impact location and date/time in a collision.
    GPS Tracking
    This will record the direction travelling, location and speed information providing an accurate record of events.
    Optimised Day/Night Recording
    High Dynamic Range Automatic optical adjustment improves video quality in challenging lighting conditions – when it’s too dark or too bright.
    Parking Mode
    Built-in motion detection technology protects your car when you’re not in it by instantly recording the moment the dashcam detects a movement in front of the camera or an impact on the car.
    Glass and Wide Angle Lens
    With high quality glass lenses, the MiVUE dashcams record high quality video imagery in all light conditions. The Wide Angle Lens captures every detail ahead including lanes on either side making it perfect for blind spots too.
    Continuous/Event/Manual Recording Mode
    When the MiVUE detects sudden changes in motion or an impact, the recorder instantly saves a protected video of the event for future analysis.
    Photo Mode
    Collect close up still photo evidence of the incident with the MiVUE built-in camera. Your video and still images can all be captured on the one device.
    Headlights Alert
    This will prompt the driver to switch on headlights at night and in low light areas.

AAL & Geodis join forces to deliver key stage in Nyrstar’s Port Pirie Redevelopment Project

On August 9th, the AAL Dampier delivered a giant Electrostatic Precipitator (ESP) module to one of the world’s largest primary lead smelting facilities, Port Pirie – located in Southern Australia and operated by Nyrstar, an integrated mining and metals processing business.
The 41m long and 21m high module weighed 530mt and is the largest component to be shipped for Pirie’s ongoing Redevelopment Project which will convert the aged smelter into a modern multi metals processing and recovery facility.
AAL’s safe ocean transport of this module was part of a wider end-to-end logistics operation managed by the Industrial Projects division of international supply chain operator, Geodis.
The massive ESP unit was shipped from the Yanda Module Yard in Jiangsu China and was lifted and loaded in the Port of Nantong using the 700mt combined lifting capacity of AAL’s highly manoeuvrable 19,000dwt S-Class vessel and the combined efforts of its in-house engineering and operations teams.
Marc Willim, General Manager of AAL’s Tramp & Projects Division, explained, “Our engineers spent weeks poring over lift, stowage and discharge plans to ensure safe and timely delivery. The result is a milestone for all parties involved. For AAL it reinforces our reputation as a trusted heavy lift specialist with the right tonnage and expertise to meet any multipurpose shipping demands.
“For Geodis it marks another successful stage in its seamless execution of this project, and Nyrstar takes delivery of a component that will significantly improve the environmental performance of its site as part of the delivery of the Redevelopment Project.”
Maureen Brown, General Manager AU/NZ, Industrial Projects, Geodis added, “The success of the project to date is due to the dedicated team based in Brisbane, Adelaide and Shanghai, and has brought a number of benefits to Nyrstar.”
The ESP unit is part of an innovative Off Gas System that will draw Sulphur Dioxide rich gas and fumes generated from the Top Submerged Furnace (TSL) and ‘electrostatically’ charge them, removing solid particles and enabling ‘clean gas’ to continue into the Acid Plant process. The system will have a significant positive impact on the environmental performance of Pirie’s operations which will lead to improved community health.

​Komatsu launches new rental business

Komatsu Australia has launched a new equipment rental
business on Australia’s eastern seaboard, and New Zealand.

The business is providing more than 200 Komatsu construction
and utility machines with a team of 11 staff.

This is not just another finance solution with ownership
responsibilities and balloon payments at the end of a lease period,” Komatsu
Rental’s national rental manager Geoff Pisani said.

“And as the only national OEM-backed rental operator,
Komatsu Rental customers get all the advantages of Komatsu machine owners
including access to our KOMTRAX and KOWA machine management reporting systems,
and complete integration with our technical and service operations.

“That means Komatsu Rental customers are able to enjoy the
same level of support that is available to a Komatsu machine owner.”

According to Pisani the rental business is an area of major growth
potential for the business.

“We see it growing very strongly over the next few years,
with Australia and New Zealand on track to follow major overseas markets, including
the US, Japan and Britain,” he said.

“These markets have seen sales to the construction equipment
rental sector grow rapidly over the past 15-20 years.

“Much of the demand
for Komatsu Rental equipment is coming from Komatsu customers, who are keen to
rent the latest low-hour equipment from us, and to receive the full service and
technical support that we offer all our customers,” he said.

“Previously, if a Komatsu customer needed a machine to rent
for a short-term project, they were forced to rent from another supplier.

He went on to say that a number of companies are looking to
the hire and rental market as they have limited access to capital.

“Many contractors and plant hire companies today have
limited access to capital, so the rental option is very attractive to them.

“There is also the changing demands of the major project
environment, where the major contractors no longer own all of their equipment,
instead engaging plant hirers and subcontractors – who in turn can see the
advantages of renting quality low-hour equipment during the term of their
project,” he said.

“We see many opportunities supporting plant hire companies –
many of whom are also our customers – who need to supplement their fleets to
meet ever-changing project demands.

“These days, major customers are preserving their capital
for fixed plant and infrastructure and are increasingly looking to rental as a
flexible solution to supplement their existing mobile fleet, especially during
periods of increased production.”

Oils well that ends well

An Australian manufacturer of lubricants for the mining industry has been awarded a contract with O&K- Carraro that will see its products used in machines right across the sector.

O&K- Carraro, a leading manufacturer of transmissions, hydraulic drives, axles and gears, said it awarded Anglomoil the contract because of the ‘excellence’ of their products.

O&K is a member of Carraro Drive Tech, an 83-year-old German company that is represented across the Asia-Pacific region by Australian company Cram Fluid Power.

Cram Fluid Power founder Kevin Moore said Anglomoil lubricants are well-suited to the extreme operating conditions in final drives, slew drives, undercarriage components and drill rigs.

Moore said end users are frequently looking for Australian-made products that provide them with better quality because the high-value machines they’ll be helping to run include high ­capacity shovel loaders, slew drives, winch drives and a wide range of undercarriage driver systems.

Moore said his company also works closely with Anglomoil to providing solutions to customers with great results.

Anglomoil has supplied grease for use in heavy mining applications such as loaders and haul trucks and Cram has been supplying this grease to one of its heavy excavator fleets for nearly four years.

“During this time there have been no failures in their fleet,” Moore said.

“Prior to using the Anglomoil grease, they were experiencing a grease related failure rate of, on average, two per month. Cram supplied and manages this grease product in bulk 1.5 tonne bins. This is typical of the stories we are hearing from our mining companies.”

Cram now has operations in Wollongong, Newcastle, Singleton, Mackay and Perth so it can readily service the mining sector.

In other efficiency-related news, a new technology contract will ensure future fuel cost savings for Anglo American’s coal operations in Australia.

Canadian company Blutip Power Technologies will supply Anglo American with their Advanced Universal Controller (AUC) for coal haulage, after successful trials on Caterpillar 797, 793, 789 and 785 series haul trucks at the Dawson, Capcoal and Drayton mine last year.

Blutip president Chuck Knott said he was very proud to be working with Anglo American to help them achieve fuel effi­ciency objectives.

“We are committed to assisting Anglo American maximize their efficiency by allowing them to reduce the fuel consumed per tonne-hour across their fleets and by providing real time fuel management analytic tools,” he said.

The new AUC provides engine remapping that reduces fuel consumption while maintaining engine power output and other functionality of the original equipment provider’s electronic control unit.

Blutip said the improvement in Anglo American’s fuel efficiency through use of the new AUC would reduce particulate matter emissions, in turn helping Anglo American to reduce its carbon footprint.

The controllers provide data analytic tools for engine loading time distributions, GPS data and the capability to evaluate other fuel saving initiatives.

Komatsu reach Australian milestone

During 2015,
Komatsu Australia will celebrate 50 continuous years of selling, servicing and
supporting its equipment in Australia.

In August
1965, LeTourneau Westinghouse (later known as Wabco Australia Pty Ltd and with
the co-operation of C Itoh) was appointed nationwide distributor, and began
selling Komatsu dozers to customers around Australia – some whom are still
customers today.

Since the
foundation of Komatsu in Australia 50 years ago, the company has seen  expansion and growth of its operations – including over 50 branches
and service depots and various assembly facilities and remanufacturing centres
in major cities across Australia.

As part of its
celebrations of this significant milestone, throughout 2015 the company will be
reviewing the history of Komatsu in Australia, from the earliest days of selling
just a few machines, to where it is today, as one of the largest suppliers to
the country’s construction, mining, quarrying, utility, local government and
related industry sectors.

It will also
be highlighting the earliest machines sold in Australia, some of which are
still operating, as well as recognising some of its oldest and most loyal

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