Modular Mining Systems, a global leader in real-time mine management solutions for surface and underground mining operations, has released its third generation Maintenance Management solution – MineCare® 3. First introduced in 2003, the MineCare solution provides the information and tools needed to monitor the health of equipment fleets in real time, allowing mines to proactively reduce component degradation and prevent catastrophic failures. The MineCare 3 solution builds upon this field-proven foundation with new features, benefits, and capabilities to help mines increase and maintain operational continuity. Some of the system’s many new features include:• Cloud-based deployment for simplified installation, upgrades, and management• Geographic map view for heightened mine visibility in real time• Advanced, intelligent data collection, monitoring, and analytics capabilities• Real-time visual equipment health tracking• Component-level problem detection and alarms• Multi-equipment trending to predict potential failures and assist in proactive planning• Streamlined, user-configurable dashboards for at-a-glance information.The advanced cloud computing, data monitoring, and analytics capabilities help resolve equipment issues quickly by predicting specific failure modes before they occur and enabling a condition-based maintenance approach. Users can specify continuous or conditional data-monitoring options via dynamic, user-configurable dashboards, in support of specific maintenance management goals, and then perform predictive trending for early detection of abnormal behaviour, rates of change, and parameters outside of normal operating ranges. These capabilities also minimise interruption to daily workflows and deploy application updates to multiple devices simultaneously.The introduction of a cloud-based, Software as a Service (SaaS) subscription configuration, eliminates costly IT infrastructure investments, improves data storage efficiency, and simplifies installation, upgrades, and management. SaaS provides customers with the best total cost of ownership, requiring no capital expenditure investments and limited network communication requirements. Furthermore, its high scalability allows mines to efficiently and cost-effectively monitor and manage a single machine, or thousands of units across an entire enterprise, from one centralized location.“It’s an ideal solution for any size organisation,” says Michael Lewis, Vice President, Product Innovation at Modular. “Small mines to entire corporations can manage the health of all of their assets from anywhere in the world.” Since the MineCare 3 solution eliminates the need for costly onsite server infrastructure, it provides additional benefits for small mines and quarries. Contractors will also find this infrastructure elimination highly beneficial for the solution’s mobility, and the subscription-based aspect enables the system to be turned on and off and moved between sites with ease.As with Modular’s other recent products, the MineCare 3 solution can deploy as a standalone application or it can integrate with Modular’s DISPATCH® Fleet Management system (FMS) to provide even more value.
If that happens, pilots will have no control on any system on board leading to a disaster.No one at the airline was immediately available for comment, but an Air India official speaking on condition of anonymity said rats on planes were a “common phenomenon” worldwide and could “get in anywhere”. Ew.“They follow the catering vans into the plane when they smell the food,” the official told AFP.It is not the first time that India’s loss-making carrier has suffered a rodent infestation.Catching ratsRats reportedly delayed a domestic flight from Mumbai by almost two hours in February, and in 2009 a flight to Toronto was delayed for 11 hours as staff tried to catch rats.Fears have grown recently over the safety of air travel after two crashes and one disappearance.However, if you stomach this and catch a flight, you only have a 0.0004% chance of being in a plane crash.The number of crashes have fallen in recent years.- © AFP 2014, additional reporting by Nicky Ryan.FactCheck: Is it becoming more dangerous to fly? >Ew: People are rightly freaking out about the giant rat found in Dublin > AIR INDIA HAS been forced to ground one of its planes after crew spotted rats scurrying around the cabin, The Times of India reports.With unwelcome similarity to a certain film, the plane was on its way from New Delhi to Calcutta when staff became aware of the dozens of unwelcome guests (and who presumably hadn’t checked in, or even bought tickets), the paper said.“Rats on board an aircraft can lead to a catastrophe if they start chewing up electric wires,” the paper quoted an unnamed airline official as saying.