Thiess trialling tyre monitoring systems on its ultraclass trucks

first_imgA trial of leading-edge tyre monitoring systems on Thiess-operated mine sites is saving time, money and tyre life according to the contractor. The Rimex TyreSense system and Michelin’s Earthmover Management System (MEMS) are being trialled respectively on the Thiess fleet of Caterpillar 797s at the Burton Coal Mine and Liebherr T282 trucks at Curragh North in central Queensland. The systems monitor tyre chamber temperature and pressure via sensors and hardware installed in the vehicles. The information is then communicated through iVolve or mobile phone technology. Critical information on low pressure or high temperatures in tyres can be quickly relayed to key maintenance staff to enable an early response and avoid potential damage.Tyre Manager Clinton Harding said there is once again huge global demand for off road tyres and quality stocks are hard to procure.  This means every tyre saved could be used on new fleet. “We were looking for a company-wide solution and although it’s early days, the trial results look promising,” he said, adding: “This is indicative of our approach to innovation and it has flow-on effects to the client such as increased productivity.” Key benefits of the systems include their ability to provide real time data checks; increase tyre life; improve safety; and boost productivity.last_img read more