Sonepur Bazari is part of CIL’s subsidiary, Eastern Coalfields Ltd. (ECL). ECL has 17 opencast mines in total. The Sonepur Bazari project has a projected mine life of 46 years.

Gevra, Kusmunda and Dipka are part of CIL’s subsidiary South Eastern Coalfields Ltd. (SECL). SECL is the largest coal producing company in India, with a total of 21 opencast mines.

Wenco’s Fleet Management System will monitor the position of mobile mining equipment at each of the mines, optimizing the use and performance of the equipment. The system will organize the dispatch of the dump trucks between the shovels, excavators and dumping points of the mine, improving the availability and utilization of the heavy equipment mining machinery.

In addition, the system will use its fuel and lube management feature to monitor and record fleet consumption by recording data dispensed from fuel stations and mobile fuel service vehicles.

“The contract explicitly stated that the successful supplier would provide an industry standard ODBC compliant technology,” said Garth Connal, vice prresident of sales, Wenco. “Wenco’s open architecture philosophy will enable CIL the integration of Wenco’s system with their ERP system for data import and export related to production, equipment performance and manpower attendance.”

Fleet health data will also be captured using onboard interfaces to Wenco’s rugged Octagon computer installed on the equipment. The Octagon will facilitate the polling and capturing of signals from vital signs monitoring systems. Wenco’s suite of machine health applications, Onboard Insight, Eventing System and Maintenance Monitor help prevent equipment failures and cost over-runs with polling and alarm-notifications from onboard OEM sensors and system data.