JoySmart Solutions trial leads to long term partnership in Australia

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first_imgJoy Global recently approached an existing coal mining customer in Australia about engaging in a trial period where the two would partner through the company’s JoySmart Solutions offering to improve machine reliability and avoid catastrophic failures on major components. The customer agreed to give Joy Global six months to prove the value of the offering.The JoySmart team proposed implementation of a newly-developed automated monitoring system that trawls through machine data with the ability to detect any changes in component behaviour to predict an onset of failure.“The key for us was to create an algorithm that was sensitive enough to pick up small changes in component indicators while not creating unnecessary alarms,” said Trevor Griffiths, Product Performance Manager with Joy Global.  The strategy was to build on the existing partnership by employing new technologies and concepts to reach the next level of performance needed in today’s mining industry.Implementation needed to be quick and effective, with a six month “proof of concept” plan to determine whether the new approach would continue. JoySmart product specialists quickly identified areas of focus that would be prioritised to achieve improved reliability. These included on major equipment: motors, transmissions, gearing and bearings; along with lubrication and air supply.Major equipment monitoring provided the necessary risk management element, whilst air supply and lubrication were identified as systems that had the most impact on reliability. “An engagement strategy was discussed and implemented that had clear lines of communication and accountability. Both companies understood that this needed to be a partnership with common goals and a unified approach.”Using collected sensor data, JoySmart Solutions experts deployed predictive models that could analyse real time sensor data to determine if any of the identified major equipment or systems was starting to drift from “normal” operation. On a daily basis, JoySmart product specialists would intercept any model detections and then report out with a recommended course of action, giving it a priority rating depending on the component type and severity of the detection. W”ith a system in place, the necessary change in culture was the final hurdle. In the first two months of implementation, a situation arose where an imminent failure condition was detected and reported, but not all recommended steps were followed, resulting in 38 hours of downtime that could have been avoided. Following that incident, team engagement and commitment rose, allowing greater successes to be achieved through the partnership.”Toward the end of the six-month trial period, the combined machine availabilities hit target eight weeks in a row.One of the main drivers of change, the need for consistency in machine availability, was now being achieved.No major equipment failed during the six-month period. “The benefits of the partnership were so clear that a planned review of the trial period was deemed unnecessary, and the customer decided to proceed with a long-term partnership. Working together with the JoySmart Solutions team, the customer continues to improve performance every week through new ideas and strategies developed.”last_img

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