The conditions of the mining operation, which covers more than
60 miles and is broken up into smaller pockets, presented some
big challenges for getting connected. Minerals Technologies needed
telematics devices that had strong, reliable cellular connections. This
proved difficult to find at first.
“Cellular devices that can cover that big of an area was almost
impossible to find,” explains Raber. “We tried many, many different
units and different companies, and they all said they’d work but none
of them worked.”
With the help of their Geotab Reseller, they finally
discovered the Geotab GO device, which was capable
of connecting to their local cellular network. Once they
had communications and information connectivity,
Raber says “That was where things really started
A second challenge for Minerals Technologies was finding a way to best measure the cycle times for the scrapers,
dozers, and haul wagons. Through a close collaboration with the Geotab solutions engineer and Reseller, including
a consultation in the field, they customized the data collection process and reporting. By combining data from a
driver’s toggle switch and transmission lock data, they were able to accurately measure loading, drop off, and
dumping times and compare them to targets.
The Geotab solution has also provided flexibility to develop reports and dashboards specific to different user groups.
Reports are generated daily at set times so employees can view their performance at the end of the day.
“When I started looking into Geotab, I never anticipated the ease that I could be able to capture this information,
pulling right off the telematics devices,” he says. “The capabilities in the Excel spreadsheets were just awesome.
They have supported me very well on helping me to develop some of these charts and reports that are being
The Benefits of the Geotab Solution
- Reliable device connectivity
- Access to real-time data
- Customization and reporting flexibility
- Outstanding Customer Support