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Learn more about how scale studies can help to optimize loading and hauling operations
By Caterpillar | Posted February 28, 2023
Mining companies know there are dozens of things they can do to optimize their operations — recognizing that even the slightest improvements can reap great benefits. The more productively, efficiently and cost-effectively they operate, the lower their costs and the less impact they have on the environment.
A number of mines are working with Caterpillar and Cat dealers to take advantage of the improvements that scale studies can make to their loading and hauling operations. Scale studies use truck scales and LiDAR bed scanners to help optimize empty machine weight, reduce carryback and ensure maximum payload.
Every truck has a target payload. When that payload is not being measured, it’s possible that the truck is not carrying the rated payload in every cycle. At the same time, overloading trucks can cause structural damage, increase fuel burn, reduce component life and negatively impact tire life.
Caterpillar uses a 10/10/20 policy — recommending that no more than 10 percent of loads are over 110 percent of target payload and never exceed 120 percent. The mean of the payloads should not exceed the target payload.
Whether they are permanent fixtures or temporary installations for a one-time study, scales help make it possible for mines to lower their costs in a number of ways. Scales can help mine sites: