ERJ staff report (DS)
Bicester, Oxfordshire -- Transense Technologies has said its Translogik iTrack Tyre Monitoring System for OTR ('Off the Road') vehicles has now successfully completed its internal validation process. The news follows a successful field trial at the Bhp Billiton ('BHP') Cerro Colorado copper mine, within the Atacama Desert at an altitude of 2600m, east of Iquique, Chile. Transense will now offer the system to its network of mine operators.
The iTrack test systems consisted of external valve mounted tyre sensor canisters, receiver electronics and an in-cab display installed on the vehicles which communicates tyre pressure, tyre temperature and other data via GSM or wi-fi to a remote iTrack server. This continuous, live data can be viewed in real-time allowing mine operators to continuously monitor the condition and performance of the tyres. All these components successfully completed the trial.
The external canister solution can be fitted to a vehicle within minutes and provides in-tyre pressure and ambient temperature data. Otraco has stated a requirement for an increased level of accuracy for tyre temperature. In order to meet this demand Translogik has supplied Otraco with an internal tyre wall mounted sensor which can provide accurate in-tyre temperatures. A short test of the new in-tyre iTrack sensor is due to commence in December, further enhancing the commercial value of the system.
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Press release from Transense