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Flanders to debut new mining solutions

World Coal,

Flanders announced several newly developed products, including expanding the Freedom platform and the introduction of a new software platform, Invision.

Flanders’ Chief Operating Officer, Allen Patterson, stated: “These solutions are considered to be some of the most innovative breakthroughs yet.”

Freedom is a flexible open-architecture platform. This upgrade enables the use of commercially available off-the-shelf products, improves machine monitoring and expedites troubleshooting through a common and intuitive graphical interface. The Freedom platform has been developed for draglines, drills, haul trucks, shovels and underground coal transporters, resulting in higher production and lower maintenance.

“By listening intently to our customers, this established platform allows Flanders to continually develop and deliver innovative solutions addressing their ever-evolving needs,” Patterson noted.

  • Freedom for Draglines, whether it’s an AC or DC machine, the Freedom control system enables the installation of third-party motors, including Flanders’ high-performance motors and generators, resulting in quicker cycle times and increased availability. Maintenance and machine downtime is decreased by using easy-to-replace common power modules and detailed diagnostics.
  • Freedom for Drills, ARDVARC, is a superior drill control system that offers various levels of autonomy. In its most basic form, Freedom for Drills delivers superior data on blast hole positioning, drilling conditions and machine operation, resulting in improved fragmentation. At its most advanced level, it is a fully autonomous drilling solution, providing productivity gains up to 30%.
  • Freedom for Haul Trucks extends the life of an existing haul truck by completely eliminating DC motors and replacing with new AC motors and controls. These improvements provide reduced maintenance and up to 30% higher max speeds, resulting in increased production.
  • Freedom for Shovels lowers cost per tonne by using Flanders’ robust motors and smart systems to deliver increased productivity up to 24%.
  • Freedom for Underground Coal Transporters offers increased motor reliability by using Flanders built high-performance drives and motors, including more robust encoders increasing performance and life. Additionally, Flanders’ software configurable non-contact conveyor and foot switches eliminate the need for mechanical adjustments.

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