Post: Current Sensing in the Mining Industry

Current Sensing in the Mining Industry

Kinetic Logging Services (KLS) is a geophysical logging service provider to the mining industry and part of a larger group MPC Kinetic. KLS acquires data by lowering and retrieving instrumentation down the drill holes. They run a fleet of vehicles with high output 14V 220A alternators on the engine that provides DC power for our 230VAC inverters, electric winches, DC powered hydraulic power units, multiple air conditioning and hydraulic cooling thermo fans, computers and ancillary equipment.

The systems on dual alternator equipped vehicles consume a high level of current of between 110A-300A+ (particularly the hydraulics up to 190A). Failure of one alternator can lead to the vehicle shutting down as the batteries are required to provide the additional current required and they become depleted. The loss of an alternator prevents KLS from operating reliably and leads to lost revenue.
KLS needed a monitoring system to allow the vehicle operator to monitor the alternator operation and detect issues immediately.

Using Raztec RAZFL-504MMCG current sensors, KLS have been able to monitor alternator current to improve reliability and maintain productivity. As Peter Bloomfield, Engineering Manager at MPC Kinetic testifies:

Our Raztec sensor equipped display allows our operators to rapidly diagnose alternator faults saving time and money”

To read more on how Raztec custom current sensor design eliminate downtime and improve reliability, read the full case study.

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