New Machine Guidance Systems, 3D Viewer, Protools V6.1, Visual Report, and More

March 3, 2015

DENVER, Colo., U.S.A. — Be sure and stop by the Carlson booth #303 at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration (SME) exhibition in Denver, Feb. 15-18, to learn all about Carlson Machine Control’s new products and soon-to-be-released updates.

These include advanced features and optimizations for Carlson’s popular MineGrade™ and DrillGrade™ machine guidance systems, plus all new Fleet Manager Office (FMO) ProTools 3D Viewer and Visual Reporter with dashboard view and timeline view/edit. All are designed to improve accuracy and mine production efficiency.

MineGrade™ v6.1/DrillGrade™ v6.1

MineGrade 6.1 brings many new improvements to Carlson’s machine guidance software for mining, drilling, and dredging applications. The mine machine control solution supports many machine types used in these applications including dozers, wheel loaders, drills, shovels, draglines, compactors, cable cranes, and haul trucks. New features include performance optimizations, enhanced navigation, new vehicle icons and support, advanced slope calculations, additional sensor support, automatic firmware upgrades, and more.

“MineGrade’s new features are design to offer higher positioning performance-RTK, heading and slope,” says Randy Noland, V.P. of Business Development for Carlson Machine Control. “And with the new firmware detect and upgrade capabilities, managing larger equipment fleets will become easier and much more comprehensive.”

Fleet Manager Office v6.1

The all new FMO Visual Reporter web-based reporting module provides balance between simplicity, accessibility, flexibility, and report automation. This new report generator offers a customizable dashboard view with auto-scrolling that provides real-time metrics at a glance. Its new Timeline View for machine activities provides easy verification as well as a simple and intuitive timeline edit, right in the view.

FMO Visual Reporter Dashboard

Reports, which can be easily created, scheduled, and emailed to groups automatically, will include uptime, idle time, dozer pushes, length and count; productivity, distance, and tasks; delays, and down codes, plus volume per machine and total site volume. These reports provide management with timely, custom reports.

FMO Visual Reporter Timeline

Also new is FMO ProTools v6.1 with new 3D Visualization, which provides more power and efficiency for demanding production analysis. To released by April 15, FMO ProTools v6.1 offers real-time site views and historical playback over larger time samples and is 300-plus times faster than the previous version.

Real-time Cut/Fill Color Map/Google Map Hybrid View

“ProTools v6.1 is designed to crunch data incredibly fast because measuring, analyzing, and optimizing production is at the heart of any successful mining operation,” says Noland. “Accurate calculations and easy access to data is paramount.”

The new, upgraded engine in FMO ProTools v6.1 facilitates higher accuracy, smaller grid intervals in order to ease scenario analysis with larger data sets.