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Hitachi and Wenco Commence a Proof of Concept Project for Utilizing Fleet Management System on Cloud Service
|By Business Wire
|January 14, 2014 02:00 PM EST
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, “Hitachi”) and Wenco International Mining
Systems Ltd. (“Wenco”), a Canadian subsidiary of Hitachi Construction
Machinery Co., Ltd., are proud to announce the beginning of a joint
Proof of Concept (PoC) project. The PoC project, initiated by Hitachi
and Wenco, and facilitated by Teck, will combine Hitachi’s highly
reliable cloud service and Wenco’s Fleet Management System (FMS) with
Teck’s mining operation team to demonstrate how much the efficiency of
the system will be improved. The results of the project will be
evaluated for approximately 40 days after its launch on January 20.
In this PoC project, Wenco's FMS will be installed at Hitachi's data
center in North America, and will provide cloud-based FMS service to
Teck via the internet. Teck, a trusted leader in the mining industry,
will support the project and provide feedback on the performance and
efficiency of the system within one of its facilities located in British
“Wenco is very excited about the associated benefits our industry
partners can leverage with the combination of fleet management and cloud
computing. Minimizing learning curves on hardware and software,
expanding accessibility, and reducing capital costs will increase system
longevity and effectiveness for our clients,” said Phil Walshe,
President and CEO, Wenco.
Using on-board computers, the Wenco FMS is installed on dump trucks,
excavators and additional equipment. It displays mine-specific
instructions for the operators that help increase efficiencies at a mine
site. Currently, the FMS is individually maintained and operated on each
mine site, but the cloud-based FMS service utilized in the PoC project
will demonstrate the ability for mines with multiple sites to manage
their mine sites from one facility. The goal of the project is to reduce
the initial start-up and operating costs of the FMS in small-scale
Hitachi and Wenco will work together toward the success of this PoC
project and its future full-scale application in other mines. Hitachi
has positioned the mining-related area as one of the core focus areas of
the Social Innovation Business, and will accelerate the global rollout
of these business activities. Also Hitachi has organized its smart
information related products and services into “Intelligent Operations.”
After analyzing and evaluating the results of the project, Hitachi will
advance the development of an "Intelligent Operations for Mining"
solution as a part of its “Intelligent Operations.”
“The PoC project that Hitachi and Wenco are starting with Teck is a new
chapter in the history of resources development. We will work through
this PoC project to promote efficiency of resources development by
improving efficiency of the equipment with our advanced IT by the whole
Hitachi Group,” said Keiichi Shiotsuka, Vice President and Executive
Officer, Chief Executive Officer of Services Business, Information and
Telecommunication Systems Company, Hitachi, Ltd.
About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading
global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees
worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended
March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is
focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which
includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication
systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material
& components, automotive systems and others.
For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.
About Wenco International Mining Systems Ltd.
With over 25 years in the industry and offices on six continents, Wenco
provides a comprehensive fleet management system for surface mining
operations of all sizes worldwide.
Wenco delivers world class software and hardware to accurately record
equipment activity, location, time, production, and maintenance
information. Wenco products are supported by an in-house staff of
engineers, mining industry experts, software developers, and training
Wenco is dedicated to ensuring your mine is as safe, efficient, and
profitable as possible.
Wenco’s international headquarters is located in Richmond, British
Columbia, Canada and regional staff are located in the United States,
Chile, South Africa, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Ireland, Russia, India, and
Australia. This extensive global presence gives Wenco the ability to
build strong client relationships and provide the highest levels of
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