Ben­e­fit­ting from ma­chine in­for­ma­tion

New Zealand Logger - - Harvest Tech 2017 -

MOD­ERN HAR­VEST­ING EQUIP­MENT CAN PRO­VIDE HIGHLY use­ful in­for­ma­tion that con­trac­tors should be us­ing to im­prove their busi­ness.

The in­for­ma­tion is not dif­fi­cult to re­trieve from a ma­chine’s com­puter, ac­cord­ing to Ian Wil­son, Har­vest­ing Ser­vices Man­ager for In­ter­pine.

And it’s been around for a while. In fact, machines first started to use the tech­nol­ogy back in 1986, when STANFORDD, which is the Stan­dard for For­est Ma­chine Data and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, was in­tro­duced. DRF (Dis­creet Ren­der For­mat) files, which are also used across most machines, have been around since 2002.

Ian told the Har­vest TECH 2017 con­fer­ence in Ro­torua last month that the data col­lected by machines can pro­vide a wealth of in­for­ma­tion about how a ma­chine is op­er­at­ing, from fuel use on a daily and av­er­age ba­sis, down­time, how long it spent pro­cess­ing/load­ing or what­ever task it is em­ployed to do, how much time was spent on main­te­nance and so on.

Con­trac­tors can use that in­for­ma­tion to spot any anom­alies, such as un­usual fuel burn or lengthy pe­ri­ods of down­time, to iden­tify is­sues promptly and act on them. It can also point to dif­fer­ences be­tween oper­a­tors, iden­ti­fy­ing whether some­one may need more train­ing to get up to speed.

The con­fer­ence also heard from Aus­tralian con­trac­tor, Ian Reid, who has em­ployed the in­for­ma­tion avail­able from his machines to help man­age his crews work­ing in the Gipp­s­land re­gion in Vic­to­ria.

He says the in­for­ma­tion has been vi­tal in help­ing him to man­age his busi­ness, be­cause “if you don’t have ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion, how do you know where you are go­ing and how do you make in­formed de­ci­sions?”

NZL

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