The received wisdom that emerged from Alberta’s oil sands mines was that the tarry ground conditions were too hard on the frames of the haul trucks. Although the trucks were designed to last 15 to 20 years, their frames would often crack in less than half that time.

Operators concluded it was a cost of operation unique to the sector. The application of wireless sensors in both the truck and shovel told a different story.

This is just one of a series of examples Scanimetrics’ Steven Slupsky shares which highlight how sensor technology has taken the guesswork from asset and process monitoring.