Scanimetrics was commissioned by the preventive maintenance division of a major Alberta oil sands company to install and monitor crack propagation in hauler trucks. The prospect of monitoring cracks electronically, without the need for constant visual inspections, was of great value to the preventive maintenance team.
Wireless Crack Sensors were installed on areas of the hauler previously identified as having critical cracks. Crack propagation data was taken at 10 minute intervals, with data being transmitted wirelessly. The following diagram shows which cracks on the hauler have propagated beyond set thresholds:
A careful analysis of the data indicates that Scanimetrics Wireless Crack Propagation Monitoring System would yield an estimated 335% return on investment for a fleet of 130 haulers. Applied across the entire fleet, the Scanimetrics system would result in total annual maintenance savings of over $4.5 million. Further, hauler uptime would be increased enough to allow the company to reduce its fleet by 4 haulers – saving an additional $4 million in operating costs and $44 million in hauler purchases.
Scanimetrics has released an updated version of our case study: Wireless Crack Propagation Monitoring System Implemented at Major Canadian Oil Sands Company. The updated document illustrates how Scanimetrics Wireless Sensors are used to monitor structural cracks in oil sands hauler trucks, saving operators costly downtime and preventing potential equipment failures.
The oil sands industry is currently burdened with the task of implementing timely and cost effective maintenance for the heavy hauler trucks used in the oil reclamation process. Scanimetrics was able to install its Wireless Crack Propagation Monitoring System and wirelessly collect real-time data, effectively monitoring crack propagation without the need for direct visual inspection or costly unscheduled downtime.
Alberta Venture recently featured Scanimetrics' Bolt Tension Monitoring Solution in an issue exploring new technology in the oil and gas industry. Steven Slupsky, company president and CEO, and Chris Sellathamby, vice-president of sales and marketing, comment on how Scanimetrics' technology can help oil sands companies reduce repair costs and production downtime.
It’s trade show season and Scanimetrics has been busy rustling up some healthy competition at trade shows across Alberta. At the Oil Sands Trade Show in Fort McMurray we were excited to bring you a new game that tests your strength and the strength of Scanimetrics technology. King of Strain was a big hit and we were happy to keep you entertained. If you want to know how you could use the wireless monitoring technology we used in King of Strain to monitor your critical equipment, read a little more here.
King of Strain also made an appearance at the MainTrain trade show at the River Cree in Edmonton and the Wave 2011 Conference in Lake Louise, so check out your scores from those events as well.
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Condition-based maintenance is replacing preventive maintenance in many industrial operations as a result of gains in productivity. Preventive maintenance is strictly time-based which means that as long as the prescribed time is sufficiently short, failures are prevented. The trade-offs between shorter cycles and increased downtime is a fine balancing act. Condition-based maintenance is gaining momentum as the more cost-effective and green solution to finding the optimal maintenance cycle and improving overall productivity. Download