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Fuel Management in Underground Mining

Mining conditions are typically harsh and unforgiving. None more so than underground mining environments. The last few years have seen significant advancements in underground mining which have facilitated deeper mines. This has necessitated better communication networks, and safety and productivity improvements. These developments are in response to ever increasing global demands. To meet these demands, […]

Staying on top of Excessive Idling

Moving millions of containers through port terminals requires cargo handling equipment. Diesel powered equipment is widespread and used due to efficiency, performance, and reliability. Equipment typically includes ship-to-shore cranes, mobile cranes, rail-mounted gantry cranes, rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs), reach stackers and straddle carriers. Consumption patterns for diesel differ across terminals and depend on terminal equipment […]

Fuel Management at Altitude

Challenges in the mining industry are common. When these challenges occur at altitude, they require tactical thinking and smart solutions. At altitude oxygen is rare and temperatures are low. Anyone who has experienced high-altitude conditions knows the feeling – the air is thin, and breathing is difficult. People start to experience breathing difficulties at 1,500 […]

Smart Terminals Employ Integrated Fuel Management Systems

Challenges facing the container port industry include better safety performance, greater operational complexity (bigger ships), managing congestion risk and staying profitable though shipping line economic cycles. Moving hundreds of millions of containers through port terminals requires numerous trucks, trains, ships, cargo handling equipment, barges, and marine workboats. Cargo handling equipment need to be powered. Diesel […]

Saving the Mining Industry $2,000,000 per Month

Mining environments are typically harsh and unforgiving. Commodity price volatility and increasing operating and capital costs necessitate mines to aggressively drive financial discipline more than ever. Adopting a pit to port to customer approach, mines typically identify cost reducing components at enterprise and functional levels, improve asset and process efficiency through analytics, and streamline the […]

The Mechanics of Diesel Refunds in South Africa

What is it? Qualifying operators that perform eligible activities in certain categories and industries that are registered for VAT purposes (under the Value-Added Tax Act, No. 89 of 1991), may apply for registration for the diesel refund. Who is it for? On Land: Farming, mining, forestry. Offshore: Commercial fishing vessels, coasting vessels, off-shore mining, vessels […]

Fleet Management – A Sensible Investment

What is fleet management? Is it important? Fleet management refers to the overall actions that take place to keep a fleet operating efficiently, on time, and within budget. Fleet management systems and processes assist companies to ensure compliance, improve efficiency, and reduce costs. This generally applies to any operator that uses ten or more vehicles. […]

Automated Tank Gauging is Level-headed

Tank gauging systems are used to measure levels in mobile and bulk tanks to quantify the product quantity, mass and, to a lesser extent, quality in the tanks. There are numerous methods to measure levels and other liquid characteristics. The appropriate measurement technique and types of probes used depend on the type of tank, the […]

A Comprehensive SLA – The Key to Uptime

Essential as installing an automated fuel management system (FMS) may be, how important are site and facility management relative to the FMS? For a FMS to function properly and continue adding value for operators or fleet owners, the system depends, to a degree, on an effective operation and constant maintenance. Vehicle and equipment repairs are […]

Fueling Trade Effectively

Moving trade through ports requires numerous trucks, trains, ships, cargo handling equipment, barges, and marine workboats. Cargo handling equipment need to be powered. Diesel powered equipment is widespread. Fuel usage and fuel management in ports are therefore …. The type of cargo handling equipment used in a terminal is determined by its container handling system. […]