TTM Chile presented the new generation of its Tooth Loss Detection System (DCD) at EXPOMIN

TTM Chile presented the new generation of its Tooth Loss Detection System (DCD) at EXPOMIN

Carlos Lopez, Business, Reliability and Automation Manager, TTM Chile

A more powerful CPU, industrial grade Gigabit IP cameras and more versatile connectivity for real-time control are some of the benefits of the updated version of the DCD system.

TTM Chile, a leader in Ore Transportation Technologies, with more than five years experience in cutting edge technologies for loading equipment, announced a new generation of Tooth Loss Detection Systems (DCD) for shovels, specially designed to reduce the risks of unscheduled breakdowns and stoppages in jobsite processes.

This innovative proactive safety solution was launched on the mining market at Expomin 2014, where TTM had a large two-storey stand.

In this display, mining industry professionals were able to get to know and try out the features of the updated DCD system, as well as other novelties on the company’s portfolio.

INNOVATION

With the backing three decades of experience as a supplier to the mining sector – with clients such as Escondida, Los Bronces, Andina, Gabriela Mistral, El Abra and Los Pelambres, and branches in Peru and Bolivia, TTM opted to strengthen its offer of DCD systems through innovations that improve their performance and efficiency.

Carlos L√≥pez, Business, Reliability and Automation Manager of TTM Chile, highlighted among the upgrades: “its industrial grade Gigabit Ethernet IP cameras and a new high-performance processor for the CPU that controls the DCD, a combination that delivers greater operating, processing and data transmission speed.” There is also a more versatile connection to data networks, including compatibility with 3G wireless networks, which enables real-time access and control.”

The Executive pointed out that “the return on investment is almost immediate, since incorporating a DCD significantly reduces the risk of one or several shovel bucket teeth accidentally entering the crusher. Simply put, that would entail not only the cost of repair, but – more importantly – a shutdown of ore production due to an unscheduled stoppage of the jobsite, which could last up to 12 hours or more.”

COMPATIBLE

According to the Manager, TTM’s new generations of Tooth Loss Detectors are sufficiently versatile for use in different conditions and equipment. “They have been designed for compatibility with the most commonly used equipment in the industry, such as the P&H and Bucyrus Caterpillar electrical cable shovels, and the widest range of hydraulic shovels, such as the Komatsu.” In addition to the above, the new DCDs can be adapted to front end loaders,” said L√≥pez.

OTHER SOLUTIONS

In Expomin TTM also featured other solutions from its reliability and automation division, such as perimeter camera systems, anti-collision radar systems for mining jobsites and monitoring of shovel lifting cables, without neglecting its traditional conveyor belt, scraper, pulley and roller products and services.

“We underline the support we have, comprising a team of more than 500 trained professionals and technicians, coverage in the main mining regions of the country, minimum response times and a wide range of services for preventive maintenance,” added our Area Manager.

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