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Dragline Productivity Training Technologies
The Mine Manager
Dragline monitors: positive or negative feedback?
Recent consulting work confirmed my worst fears. If you are providing dragline monitor feedback to your operators, please spend some time to consider this: Are your dragline monitors reinforcing poor work practices? Could they be transforming good operators into bad ones?
Consider what are the consequences of a monitoring system which:
I did not realise the extent of the issue until I came across sites that tied operators performance directly to the monitors. The results were devastating. Good operators were demoralised because they were 'punished' for not playing the system. Real production dropped, and calculated rehandle shot up. Everybody loses.
I have made my monitor on my simulator available to the mines. The monitor on the simulator has been well tested and well regarded, and it has been used extensively in training smooth steady operators who did not overload the machinery. The monitor performs all the functionality of all dragline monitors. On top of that, it has some features which leaves others for dead. How? It has been built with two goals in mind: Reinforce correct practices, and discourage poor practices.
These are the three key ways my monitor reinforces correct practices and discourage poor practices:
This system actually records how many times your operators do these damaging actions to your equipment:
These features are available now, and are well proven and tested. In fact, while you are reading this, a novice operator is being trained on it, learning how not to damage machinery and deliver good steady, sustainable production rate.
The benefits of this system are real. One client, after putting their operators through simulator training, overcame the persistent boom repairs to boom damage that were unusual for a dragline that age. In fact, on one strip, the dragline cut 19 days of boom maintenance that was scheduled in. This is all achieved without the benefit of having the monitor installed on the dragline itself. This is from the short training they receive on the simulator in the training course. They could have saved a lot more time and made more money if the monitor was available and installed on their draglines in the first place.
Suffice to say: profit margins are tight. Not damaging equipment is an excellent way to lower production costs, and increase worked hours.
I have been training operators for over 35 years now, and I understand what makes a good dragline operation tick. The monitor is built to help mines achieve my personal standard for excellent dragline operations.
The DOP has been designed to use off-the-shelf parts. Complete lists of parts required are provided and the mine technicians will be able to swap parts themselves. When the prices of off-the-shelve parts come down with time, guess who will get to keep the savings?
The DOP monitor is being provided at a very low cost to the mines because I have little overheads. It also makes my work easier, because it takes a lot of effort to help operators 'unlearn' all the poor habits reinforced by existing dragline monitors.
Thank you for taking time to hear me rant about dragline operations. Draglines are in my blood: I am passionate about them. I have trained people for over 35 years, and I do not want to see the next generation of dragline operators raised on a diet of poor operating habits and damaging equipment along the way.
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