The most important thing a quarry can do is measure. Measure everything. Thorough, accurate data is absolutely essential to quarries that want to grow. In this article, we will look at three key reasons to ensure your quarry has quality data.
Efficient Data Capture –The first problem in many quarries is their method of data capture. Oftentimes, technicians collect data manually. Not only is this an inefficient method of collection, it leaves unnecessary room for human error. Furthermore, compared to automated data capture, manual data collection is incredibly tedious and not cost effective in the long-term. To remedy this, more and more fleet management softwares have implemented automated data capture that is available in real time. This provides an incredible amount of visibility and allows for managers to make informed decisions and put them into action at rapid speeds. Beyond the obvious increases to productivity, the elimination of human error from the data process grants increased safety to quarries. Quarry managers can focus more on making key decisions for the quarry and less on worrying about the accuracy of the information they are working with.
Smart Data Usage –So now you have accurate data, captured efficiently. How do you use it to its full potential? The most often overlooked way to use data, is to connect C-level executives. Oftentimes, C-level execs are left in the dark on many of a quarries day to day operations because the data isn’t readily presented to them, or worse, it is inaccurate. When accurate data is readily available to executives they get a clear, 360 degree view, that allows them to make the best informed decisions for a company. On a more short-term basis, quarry managers can use the data that is collected in real-time to make minor adjustments throughout the day to boost productivity. While these changes won’t be on the same scale as the decisions from execs, they will add up, and they would not have been possible without real-time data access.
Forward Thinking Operations –In an increasingly digital landscape, quarries have to think, to a degree, like tech companies. They could do well to replicate the fast moving, prototyping, philosophy held by many silicon valley companies. Furthermore, with the aid of data, new, inexperienced hires don’t have to be a big risk. You can’t teach years of experience in a week. However, you can help trainees understand the data that is being collected. Then, use it to set goals and strive to perform at the same level as experienced team members. All of these practices are that of a modern business. The thought of becoming a more modern business may be uncomfortable for many quarries. However, if they want to remain competitive, they won’t have a choice.
Quarries have been in use for thousands of years. However, in principle, they haven’t changed a lot. In short, their purpose remains the same. Fortunately, the 21st century has brought with it technological possibilities to change quarries for the better. For instance, quarryHog.
With the power of quarryHog, quarries have the potential to be more productive than ever before. Navigating any of quarryHog’s tailored interface’s makes it easy for supervisor’s to track the location of equipment, access analytics, and make fast, well informed decisions.
Enhanced Production Scheduling – quarryHog’s cutting-edge scheduling imports long-range schedule and “tunable parameters” from your production plan. A capability matrix identifies skill and effectiveness. Then, it and matches operators to the most effective equipment; creating shift task lists for supervisors to review and dispatch.
Digitized Data Collection – Record and capture data on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. This enables quick operational assessments from the command center, streamlining health and safety inspections, as well as supporting compliance with environmental impact regulations.
Automated equipment and work-site inspections – Tracking and analyzing equipment performance is crucial to consistent quarry performance. quarryHog’s customizable digital inspection process ensures precise auditing. Reports, which integrate with back-end systems, can be viewed anytime, anywhere. Digital fleet inspections use production scheduling and location tracking to enable quarries to keep their equipment running at 100 percent.
Real-Time Location Tracking – quarryHog integrates with next-level technology to track the precise location of equipment, helping to optimize current shifts and plan upcoming shifts. Integrated with the production scheduling and control system, quarryHog’s real-time location tracking system integrates with a GPS transponder overlaying real-time location information of equipment over a navigation display.
Analytics and Intelligence –Finally, outputs from equipment and infrastructure are integrated to deliver insights. Using machine learning, analytics systems understand your quarry. For example, they help automatically dispatch a renewed schedule after disturbances in operations.
quarryHog, rapidBizApps latest software, is a mobile fleet management system optimized for quarries. Designed to work out of the box, quarryHog controls production, tracks and schedules the workforce, and delivers deep insights to increase process efficiency. Here are three of the reasons quarryHog should be in every quarry.
Increased Productivity –quarryHog offers a plethora of productivity enhancing features. These features include automated equipment and worksite inspections, real-time location tracking and deep analytics. Additionally, the power of automated inspections ensure consistent quarry performance. Digital inspections work alongside production scheduling to ensure equipment is always running at one hundred percent. Managers use real time location tracking to optimize current shifts as well as more effectively plan upcoming shifts.
Increased Safety –With the power of more efficient inspections, keeping quarries safe is easier than ever. Furthermore, digital communications allow for fast, concise communication to deal with problems as they arise.
Less Wasted Resources –Real-time location tracking and communications means that equipment never has to sit idly by. Additionally, the power of quarryHog allows supervisors to make sure that all resources are in use all of the time.
In short, the future of the industry is coming, it’s time to adopt the technology of the future.
One of the easiest ways a quarry can boost its productivity is optimization of haulage and cycle times. However, the actual process of optimizing these things is often difficult and costly. Fortunately, there are a couple simple strategies to optimize haulage and cycle times without paying an arm and a leg.
Automated Data Capture –A typical haulage cycle involves far too much wasted time. Workers typically spend this time on queuing or data capture. Eliminating the data capture aspect is a simple as implementing a bit of software. Fleet management software with automated data capture eliminates time spent on tally sheets and data recording. This also eliminates the risk for human error, allowing workers to stay safe and focused on moving materials productively.
Real Time Information –To further reduce wasted time and increase productivity, access to real-time data is critical. Good fleet management software offers supervisors real-time data on every aspect of material haulage. This allows for supervisors to make tweaks rapidly throughout the day. Thus, reducing queue times and ensure that no assets are left unused. In a quarry, assets sitting still may as well be burning money. In general, with real-time information, quarries don’t have to worry about unnecessary waste.
quarryHog –In this article we’ve talked about fleet management software as a low cost way to optimize haulage and cycle times. quarryHog is one such piece of software capable of automated data capture and real-time information. Beyond the benefits examined above, quarryHog is capable of monitoring safety and compliance, tracking assets and consumable, and much more. If you think that quarryHog may be a good fit for your quarry, be sure to check out the 30 day free trial.
Quarry managers work incredibly hard. The stress of meeting daily production targets can often be overwhelming for even the most experienced managers. rapidBizApps’ newest fleet management software provides the solution. With the aid of quarryHog, managers can ensure consistent performance while maintaining high standards of safety.
This is how it works – The operators show up in the morning and are shown their first task and location; and the last location of the necessary equipment. As the day continues, operators use phones/tablets to update progress and receive new tasks. As the day progresses, managers monitor progress and make necessary changes to scheduling to ensure peak performance. Operators report delays to supervisors in real-time. quarryHog keeps wasted time and resources to an absolute minimum. At the end of the day, operators enter any consumables they used; eliminating shortages. Then, quarryHog generates an automated haulage and usage report. This will allow operators and managers to make necessary tweaks. Using quarryHog ensures that quarries always meet production targets with ease.
In short, the role of quarry manager doesn’t have to include worrying about meeting production targets. Making quarryHog a part of a quarry’s tools will, without a doubt, give a considerable performance boost.