Smart stockyard and port solutions for more efficient, more productive, and safer bulk materials handling.

Mining companies and port operators face the challenges of ensuring the health and safety of personnel, increasing productivity, and reducing operational costs. thyssenkrupp addresses these challenges with smart stockyard and port solutions that are fully automated and digitized – and help customers stay competitive.

Digitized smart stockyard and port solutions

A fully automated and digitized material handling process enhances equipment efficiency and availability, which ultimately increases productivity and lowers operational costs. thyssenkrupp’s services and solutions for smart bulk materials handling include digital maintenance assistance systems (MAS) and stockpile management and drone-based inspection systems. All conveyor systems and bulk materials handling machines involved in such a process function fully automatically and can be operated from a central control room, while anti-collision systems ensure the safe operation of large-scale equipment.

Increased system availability

Our digital maintenance assistance system (MAS) visualizes, plans and schedules maintenance tasks according to usage time and displays the maintenance areas. MAS is mobile device-ready, fitted with a secure user authentication and authorization management system, and easy to custom-configure for company-specific maintenance.

Full process transparency

We combine material flow detection with pile scanning instruments to create a digitized 3D stockpile model that is updated in real time and allows multiple machines to work simultaneously on the same stockpile. As each step is documented and visualized, full process transparency is ensured. 3D visualization of the stockpile condition and shape allows pile gaps to be detected and refilled with new material. By coordinating all stockyard machines the number of unnecessary movements is reduced and efficiency enhanced. The outcome of stockyard automation and digitization is quite simply stockyard optimization.

Building on our competence in automation, system integration and digitization, we can provide customers with a fully automated and digitized infrastructure to make the entire process of bulk material handling more efficient and much safer.

Martin Krex - Global Product Manager for Automation and Digitization

Efficient inspection by drone

Smart stockyard insprection by drone

Drone-based inspections enable in-depth, cost-efficient, and safe insights into the status of machinery and plant equipment for evaluation purposes – even in hard-to-access terrain. Images captured by drones can be processed to create 3D models for status reports, engineering support or measurements, which is especially useful for precise volume calculations in mining operations or stockyards. Drones fitted with thermal cameras can supplement the 3D models to enable condition monitoring or reveal any temperature-related damage. Our smart stockyard and port solutions are rounded off by a reporting and consulting service that provides customers with a precisely documented machine and system history. This enables us to determine the optimization potential of a plant, individual machines, or an entire operation. Last but not least, we can also anticipate machine faults at an early stage and thus avoid possible damage.

A smart stockyard where bulk materials handling is automated and digitized may also be part and parcel of a smart terminal where automation and digitization lead to the optimization of port processes.

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