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Las Vegas, Nevada -- Bridgestone Commercial Solutions (BCS), a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, has launched the B-TAG Bridgestone Intelligent Tag as part of its mining solutions offering.
B-TAG is a system that monitors tyre pressure and temperature and reports the data in real time, so mine operators can make informed decisions that impact safety, tyre performance, maintenance and production, Bridgestone said.
"Using B-TAG enables productivity gains," said Kurt Danielson, President, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions. "Manual tyre checks on a haul truck can average six minutes a tyre. With B-TAG installed, checks take only about one minute per truck. This system allows personnel to minimise downtime and create a safer work environment at the same time."
B-TAG hardware is installed on the vehicle; data is sent from sensors in the tyre to the onboard system in the vehicle, and then may be forwarded to the mine dispatch system, a B-TAG handheld reader or downloaded directly for analysis.
Bridgestone presented the development at the MINExpo 2012, held 24-26 Sept in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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