Cirrus Technology & Products
Cirrus Systems partners with client companies in providing real-time controls that enhance their operations through a more complete use of all available data. These often unused data are integrated - in real-time - creating highly visible information that is, in turn, analyzed using state-of-the-art intelligence. The process drives rapid - yet better informed - management decisions and/or fully automated actions.
Adaptive Real-Time Control (ARTC)
Components used within the mining process are independent of integrated systems. Information is scattered among various systems and components, and in many cases, the individual components are sub-optimally utilized.
Adaptive real-time control systems can improve the mining industry’s use of technology by adding new, comprehensive operational capabilities, and enhanced equipment management systems. Adaptive real-time control systems are configurable and scalable, enabling mine managers to define the type and scope of the integration needed to best improve operations. Additionally, adaptive real-time control systems can positively affect mining operations by:
· Increasing safety
· Improving equipment productivity
· Improving overall yield
· Reducing equipment downtime
· Reducing cycle time
· Reducing energy usage
· Improving throughput
· Enhanced operator training
· Predicting maintenance
Adaptive real-time control is the new paradigm in mining...
Cirrus is working with Newmont to leverage their prior investments in high-value capital assets and disparate operating technologies, along with Cirrus’ ARTCTM platform, to deliver operational improvement solutions to the mining industry. Cirrus’ current opportunity in mining applies real-time control to intersections on mine sites, using traffic signals to allow haul trucks to pass through the intersection without stopping. Haul trucks share common roadways with a high volume of light truck traffic. Visibility is a significant issue. This solution improves the productivity of the haul trucks, and increases the safety of an intersection that was previously uncontrolled. The Cirrus system uses two types of real-time control: the traffic signals are controlled by an automated system that tracks the position of the haul trucks and changes the lights when one approaches an intersection, and the traffic signals provide real-time information to the drivers of the haul trucks indicating whether they need to stop.
Cirrus Solutions for Metal and Mining
The Haul Truck Priority System (HTPS)
General Description: Cirrus’ solution integrates existing disparate devices, leverages the power and flexibility of cloud computing, and translates Big Data into business intelligence to create customer value. Solutions proposed for the metal and mining industry are based on Cirrus’ core systems integration technology. ARTC technology collects and compares data from diverse sources and analyzes them to automate responses, provide people the right information in real-time so they can make decisions, and importantly provide adaptive real-time control. The Cirrus Systems solution integrates a host of electronic devices, software tools, diverse data, and reliable off-the-shelf components to develop a customized adaptive real-time control system that solves operational problems at any given mine-site.
A key solution offered to the metal and mine industry is Cirrus’ Haul Truck Priority System (HTPS). This is a signature development that is part of a suite of solutions from the adaptive real-time control systems. The HTPS features the integration of three major components: ARTC™ technology, advanced intersection traffic control, and proprietary haul truck telematics to provide a solution that increases safety and productivity.
Solution Concept: For traffic safety at a mine site, all vehicles, including haul trucks, are required to stop at various intersections to reduce the risk of collision among mobile equipment. Current traffic control methods rely on intersection stop signs that are functionally “passive and unintelligent”; the signs are fixed, without adjusting to changing traffic conditions, and require heightened alertness and activity on the part of all vehicle drivers.
While achieving reasonable vehicular safety, stop/start cycles in haul trucks moving 250-plus tons of ore cause significant wear on the vehicles and the roadway, and reduces overall fleet effectiveness: the haul truck fleet moves less ore, burns extra fuel, generates higher maintenance costs, and reduces equipment use lifespan.
Typical intersection that could be instrumented with the HTPS. Photo courtesy of Newmont Mining Corp., pending approval for publication.
The Cirrus solution replaces the stop signs with standard traffic signals connected to the ARTC platform. The ARTC application monitors the telemetry of the haul trucks and gives them priority as they approach the intersection by changing the traffic signals. This adaptive real-time control of the traffic signals increases the operational effectiveness of the haul trucks by preventing them from having to stop and wait for cross traffic to clear every time they pass through the intersection.