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TIRES: Immersive Technologies mining customers report 10.4% boost to tire life

AUSTRALIA - Tires represent a significant expense in a mining operation and are a powerful area for cost containment. Maximizing tire life increases machine availability and proactively addresses issues like global tire shortages. Immersive...


AUSTRALIA – Tires represent a significant expense in a mining operation and are a powerful area for cost containment. Maximizing tire life increases machine availability and proactively addresses issues like global tire shortages. Immersive Technologies has worked with major OEMs and mining operations around the globe to deliver a mean 10.4% increase in mining truck tire life using Advanced Equipment Simulator-based operator training programs.

Amongst many examples, a North American based mining operation worked with Immersive Technologies to develop a continuous improvement training program aimed at increasing tire life using simulation based training.  Results were demonstrated over a five month period using tire hours and tire replacements due to damage as the metrics of interest. The training initiative resulted in a 27% reduction in tire replacements due to damage as compared to the same time period in the previous year. Globally, Immersive Technologies continuous improvement projects focused on tire life have resulted in increases in tire life ranging from 3.3% to 14%.

The simulation based training gives equipment operators the skills and knowledge they need to operate in a productive manner while assessing and eliminating behaviors that cause unnecessary tire wear. Properly trained operators extend tire life without impacting productivity.

SimControl, the software powering all Immersive Technologies Advanced Equipment Simulators performs detailed monitoring of operator behaviors which directly impact tire wear including operation around spillage, dry steering, aggressive cornering and speeding.

With advanced simulators modules deployed in 35 countries, Immersive Technologies (ImmersiveTechnologies.com) is dedicated to provide outstanding service. To deliver on this commitment the company has customer sales and support offices located close to its customers in Calgary, Ottawa and Vancouver as well as in Australia, the United States, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Germany, South Africa, Indonesia, India, and Saudi Arabia.


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