Equipment Controls Deliver Preventive Maintenance and More...
Rising fuel cost and wages, extended payment intervals of contractors, and not to mention the depressed margins, have increased the cost of owning and operating the equipment manifold in recent years. OEMs have been carrying out periodic engineering advancements to increase equipment uptime and minimize cost of operations. The initiative can be supplemented in a major way through installing intelligent controls in the machines.
One of the major attributes of intelligent control is that it can contribute towards preventive maintenance which can neutralize extended downtime in a major way as operators look for extended deployment of their assets, so as to generate surplus cash that can go on to meet their repayment obligations as well as generate decent profits.
Moba has supplied the leveling systems to Volvo CE, Ammann-Apollo, Macons, Unipave etc. The company has begun localizing of non critical parts of the controls and leveling system, as per its international quality specifications to make them affordable to Indian customers. Product support is provided by Moba through its eight trained service engineers, by assisting the OEMs to install and integrate the intelligent control solutions with the machines.
MOBA has also started developing some affordable Pay load monitoring systems for tipper trucks which logs the number of trips with loading, unloading time along with weight and location.
FW Murphy supplies its display based solutions worldwide to OEM's that include, Volvo CE, Shantui, Sany, BEML, Atlas Copco, Caterpillar, John Deere, Vermeer, Godrej, XCMG etc. The company also supplies sensors and engine panels to major Engine manufacturers like Perkins, Cummins, Caterpillar, John Deere, Kubota etc.
According to Mr. Singh, "The competitive advantage that the Murphy systems working for off highway construction and mining equipment is that they can work up to 8g of vibration, 50g of shock, have IP rating of IP67 perform at work sites with temperature conditions varying between -40 to +85 degree celsius. The added advantages are, the displays are visible even in bright sunlight." Product support to the OEMs in India is provided by Murphy based on application engineering, analysis and custom programming from its setup in Pune.
According to company sources of IFM Electronic India Pvt. Ltd, "Our sensors and control systems can provide maximum reliability under extreme conditions, be it heat, cold, moisture, and extreme vibrations. The reliability of the solutions provides high equipment uptime."
The official sources further mention, "Our sensors and control systems extensively facilitate towards communication of the equipment with the owners and operators and also assist towards remote maintenance." IFM India has its operations in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
The ability of intelligent controls to facilitate preventive maintenance is well endorsed by equipment owners. The major advantage of preventive maintenance is that it can help replacement and reconditioning of critical parts and components when they remain between the realm of economic repairs. However, most significantly it can contribute towards attainment of the desired job specifications as stipulated by the project developer. To meet the same more accurately, it is pertinent for suppliers of the controls to supply solutions that can meet the critical performance criteria of the OEMs based on the job site conditions in an affordable manner.