Trimble Dimensions highlights integration of aggregate technology

By |  November 3, 2014

As the use of integrated technology in the aggregates industry grows, companies are working to catch up with this fast-paced industry revolution.

With its recent acquisition of Loadrite, Trimble kicked off the 2014 Trimble Dimensions User Conference with a newly established aggregates track focused on the technological revolution.

The first session of the aggregates track, titled “Where to start? Technologies in the aggregates production and supply process,” keyed in on the company’s aggregate equipment and, more importantly, the integration of advanced technology.

“The biggest step on a site that we could make is measuring nothing to measuring something,” said Elliot Chisholm, marketing manager for Trimble Loadrite, New Zealand.

Integrating multiple types of technology at once is not an easy task, he said.

Chisholm offered tips to incorporate technology onto a site, especially for a company that is not accustomed to using advanced technology with aggregate equipment. When it comes to first integrating technology, it’s imperative to follow three guidelines: start with a standalone system, get connected and get integrated.

“I think the biggest step is to just start measuring,” Chisholm said. “So we break the quarry into multiple zones, and we put a measurement point at the end or start of each zone. We’ll use a simple motor scale, excavator scale or belt scale.”

Chisholm emphasized the use of examining and interpreting data. Trimble’s technology supplies the data, but simply getting the data isn’t the end game. Technology makes the job easier, but operators must analyze data to reap results, he said.

“You need to put some analysis into it so you can see your data,” he said.


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