Performance Benchmarking to Reduce Risk

Lots of technologies promise to save money on your mine site. How many companies prove it, at their cost, before they deploy across your site? Blutip does. Here's how we conduct our field performance benchmarking trials:

Blutip's performance benchmarking process

Blutip's performance benchmarking process

You're concerned about saving fuel AND protecting your expensive equipment. Blutip SmartRFuel's performance benchmarking process allows you to determine what savings you'll get in a pilot on your site, with your trucks, in your typical field conditions - before you deploy to your entire fleet.

In a typical Blutip performance benchmarking field trial, we demonstrate Blutip's SmartRControl unit on 3 trucks within the same truck/engine series at a mine, for a period of 8-12 weeks. This performance benchmarking demonstrates the baseline fuel savings percentage for a specific truck series. The demonstration can also include engine installation on a customer’s dynamometer if applicable.

Why 3 trucks? The benefit delivered by SmartRFuel depends on variables such as truck allocation/utilization.  By selecting 3 vehicles, we are more likely to establish a more representative baseline. Results from multiple trucks, at your site, with your haul cycles, will give you confidence in the savings you are likely to achieve with the SmartRFuel platform. 

By testing in actual field conditions, our performance benchmarking process eliminates elements that commonly introduce variability and error into fuel savings evaluations, such as day-to-day variability in road conditions, ambient temperature and pressure, operator styles, fuel quality, varying haul cycle paths over time, and other factors. By measuring baseline engine performance against performance with the Blutip SmartRFuel installed, you can empirically measure the impact of installing Blutip equipment on your engines.

A typical Blutip performance benchmarking trial installation.

A typical Blutip performance benchmarking trial installation.

Importantly, our baselines are established by turning Blutip technology on and off every haul cycle. This gives us thousands of 30-minute baselines over a typical 8-12 week trial. Our competitors' baselines are usually 1-2 months long, with one transition from on to off.

Most factors affecting fuel consumption in a mine change gradually. For example:

  • Operators shifts are 12 hours long
  • Weather can last for hours
  • Roads, and trucks wear over time
  • A truck is assigned to the same pit and route for hours at a time

Because Blutip's observation (and activation interval) is 1 haul cycle long, we are very likely to capture data in similar conditions (same truck, same route, same load, same weather) with SmartRControl-enabled and SmartRControl-disabled haul cycles.  This keeps the baseline evergreen through the trial and dramatically outperforms typical before/after baseline approaches. 

Output from the trial includes detailed measures of fuel savings, haul truck duty cycles, and engine load map results.

Typical fuel savings report from a trial, showing 6.06% savings on this CAT 789D model.

Typical fuel savings report from a trial, showing 6.06% savings on this CAT 789D model.

A load map from a CAT 793D truck at a Newmont mine site.

A load map from a CAT 793D truck at a Newmont mine site.

All performance benchmarking trial units are installed by Blutip's global team of engineers and technicians in conjunction with your own personnel, ensuring trials are safe and results are accurate.

Blutip's data-driven, field-tested approach to performance benchmarking trials reduces your risk and gives you confidence in the results you can expect to see in a full rollout across your mine site.

Blutip SmartRFuel - it's no risk, all reward.

For more information, contact us today. 

 
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