iVolve and Topcon Positioning Systems have partnered to launch the Integrated Mining System (IMS) at MINExpo held in Las Vegas from September 26 to 28.
The IMS combines the iVolve Fleet Management System (FMS) with Topcon’s High Precision Machine Guidance for a complete integrated solution for mining.
iVolve CTO David Eagles said that this combination will result in a more comprehensive solution, which will ensure that sites are well-equipped for the future.
“What’s exciting about this collaboration is that we have combined the benefits of real-time operational data with the precision of advanced machine guidance and control,” he said,” iVolve’s focus has always been to provide meaningful data for effective decision making.
The integration with precision machine guidance brings the next step change in our offering to the mining industry.”
Operators can now maximise their accuracy from both the digging and loading phases at a glance with key information on the one screen. One particular feature is the use of colour blocks, which means operators can use their peripheral vision – this means overall safer operation with their eyes on the job. The next evolution in UX design provides visualisation without clutter. This means that the operators can easily see what they need exactly when they need it.
iVolve CEO Kim Parascos says that MINExpo will allow iVolve and Topcon to showcase this evolution in their flagship solution.
“I’m very excited to be able to launch our new product on the international stage at MINExpo. It’s is a great way for miners to see the benefits of iVolve and Topcon’s IMS,” she said, “I look forward to heading to Vegas with the team and meeting up with current and prospective customers.”
MINExpo’s 2016 theme is “all about solutions”. In a rapidly changing mining industry, it’s important for companies to capitalise and meet the challenges of today. The best way to do this is through digital fleet management systems.
iVolve’s and Topcon’s expertise results in an intelligent IMS onsite, which meets the challenges of today’s competitive mining industry.
Established in 1995, iVolve is an Australian industrial technology company delivering real-time machine intelligence to the resources sector. iVolve solutions enable their clients to make educated, quick decisions to increase productivity, reduce costs and minimize risk.
The iVolve Fleet Management System (FMS) extracts, records and presents crucial operational data for the monitoring and management of a mining fleet. This enables all levels of the mining operation to have the knowledge to support smart decisions.
The iVolve FMS supports four key areas within site operations: Production, Maintenance, Plant, and Safety.
Topcon Positioning Group
Topcon Positioning Group is headquartered in Livermore, California, USA (topconpositioning.com). Its European head office is in Capelle a/d IJssel, the Netherlands (topconpositioning.eu). Topcon Positioning Group designs, manufactures and distributes precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, BIM, mapping and GIS, asset management and mobile control markets. Its brands include Topcon, Sokkia, Tierra, Wachendorff Elektronik, Digi-Star, RDS Technology, NORAC and 2LS. Topcon Corporation (topcon.com), founded in 1932, is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (7732).
Topcon’s machine control is a well-adapted technology, with the ability to precisely position earthmoving machinery based on design models and GPS systems. Machine control is a vital tool for earthmoving as it maximises productivity, reduces manpower, and improves safety.
3D Machine Control uses GPS technology to calculate a 3D position for the machine’s blade or bucket tip and provides depth to target information. The position is then used by the machine control system to automatically or manually guide the machine operator to the 3D design they are working to.