Cummins Inc introduced Connected Diagnostics to the off-highway market at the Bauma show this week. Active in over 35,000 on-highway vehicles today, and soon to be available for off-highway equipment, Connected Diagnostics “provides a lifeline for customers, direct to Cummins, when they need it most.” Through an active telematics connection, Cummins-powered equipment can now wirelessly connect the engine to Cummins for immediate diagnosis of an engine system fault alert and have valuable information delivered back to the customer within seconds. The Connected Diagnostics notification can be instantly delivered to anyone the customer specifies, including customer equipment management, company leadership and equipment operators, through an e-mail notification or the Connected Diagnostics mobile app.In a clear, easy-to-understand format, Connected Diagnostics notifications are instantly sent to the customer within seconds of a fault code occurring. These notifications identify and prioritise the fault codes and provide a clear recommendation of the action to take based on the primary engine system fault, outlining the most probable root cause and identifying any impacts to performance. A link to the Cummins-certified service providers in the area makes finding support fast and easy. The priority level assigned to the fault clearly advises whether immediate action is needed or how long the equipment can continue working before the fault will impact operation of the equipment. “The Connected Diagnostics mobile app extends the reach of Connected Diagnostics by allowing customer management or operators to receive notifications direct from Cummins to their Apple or Android mobile phone or tablet, providing valuable insights into engine systems faults and expert operational recommendations, regardless of location. This information enables instant decisions to be made on the most appropriate course of action, thus maximising equipment productivity and reducing downtime.”“Connected Diagnostics moves ahead of other engine diagnostic and telematics solutions with its intuitive capability and Cummins’ expert guidance. When a fault occurs, the system utilises Cummins Expert Diagnostics System to instantly search for similar fault code events across the engine model in-service population and identifies the most probable root causes.” The Expert Diagnostic System is continually updated by ongoing repair events undertaken by Cummins-certified service technicians working around the globe, creating smarter troubleshooting trees that can reduce the number of diagnostic steps by up to 50%.Chris Brown, Director – Cummins Off-Highway Customer Support, said: “We are really excited by the ability of Connected Diagnostics to support operators and rental companies by providing proactive steps to minimise their equipment downtime and reduce their service costs. Cummins has considerable experience in the off-highway market, which allows us to develop a customer support tool to fit the diverse off-highway engine requirements. With this system, Cummins is responding to the need to convert engine data into instantly usable and service actionable information for our customers.”Nearly every Cummins electronic engine is fully compatible with Connected Diagnostics and only requires an active telematics device, installed in the equipment, to transmit data to Cummins for automated analysis and reporting. Connected Diagnostics is applicable to all types of construction, mining and materials-handling equipment powered by the Cummins engines of 3.8-litres and greater. By October 2016, Cummins will launch Connected Diagnostics into the North American and European off-highway markets as compatible telematics service partners become integrated. The Connected Diagnostics mobile app will also be available for existing Connected Diagnostics customers to download from the App Store® and Google Play™.
Anaconda Mining has commenced a research and development project to develop, prototype and optimize a new technology to mine steeply-dipping narrow gold veins, that cannot be mined cost-effectively with existing technologies. The company has subcontracted expertise of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) to support the research project.“This narrow vein research and development projects fits with Anaconda’s objectives of optimizing mineral resources and maintaining sustainable employment at the Point Rousse project in the Baie Verte region. Anaconda has narrow vein hosted gold mineralization within our property boundaries. We hope to leverage our culture of innovation, and the expertise at Memorial University to ultimately adapt and create technology that will position this province as global leaders in narrow vein mining,” explained Allan Cramm, VP Technology & Innovation.There are numerous mineralized veins such as this within Newfoundland and Labrador. One example is the Romeo & Juliet prospect at Anaconda’s Point Rousse project, near Baie Verte, Newfoundland where the company has an operating mill. Romeo and Juliet is a steeply dipping, gold-bearing quartz vein ranging in size from approximately 0.5 m to several meters wide, locally carries significant gold grades and could represent a potential source for gold ore with the right technology. In order to facilitate the mining of this and other similar deposits, the intent of the research project is to develop a mining technology to allow for the economic extraction from mineralized narrow veins.On June 16, Federal and Provincial representatives announced financial support for the project. Seamus O’Regan, Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced more than C$1.5 million for the project through the Atlantic Innovation Fund. The Honourable Cathy Bennett, provincial Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, provincial Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation announced a provincial government investment of more than C$520,000 for the initiative through the Research & Development Corp through the GeoEXPLORE program.Federal and Provincial funding will offset the technical and financial risks of developing and optimizing a Narrow Vein Mining system for use in steeply-dipping narrow gold veins. If successfully developed, this technology has the potential to be used for similar mineral properties owned by Anaconda and other gold deposits throughout Atlantic Canada and the rest of the country.The Federal ACOA loan of C$1.5 million for the project through the Atlantic Innovation Fund is conditionally repayable upon the success of the project. The C$520,000 received through the Provincial GeoEXPLORE program is a grant.Anaconda Mining is a TSX-listed gold mining, exploration and development company, focused in the prospective Atlantic Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. It operates the Point Rousse Operation located in the Baie Verte Mining District in Newfoundland, comprised of the Pine Cove open pit mine, the fully-permitted Pine Cove Mill and tailings facility, the newly discovered Argyle Deposit, and approximately 6,300 ha of prospective property. Anaconda is also developing the recently acquired Goldboro project in Nova Scotia, a high-grade Mineral Resource, with the potential to leverage existing infrastructure at the company’s Point Rousse Operation.