Q1: What are the main challenges facing aggregate producers today?
The main challenge we see for our aggregate producing clients in today’s markets, is how to make their operations more efficient and therefore more profitable. Key to building better efficiency is having the right information to make decisions. With mobile crushing and screening equipment moving frequently between sites, often in remote locations, it can be really difficult to track, monitor and maintain fleets of equipment for maximum performance. The oftentimes conflicting pressures to drive performance while keeping costs in check can also be problematic. When a decision is made without the correct information or data, the result can be extended downtime or lower production rates which impacts the bottom line of any operation.
Q2: What trends are you seeing in the industry to address these challenges?
What we are seeing is that more and more aggregate producers are trying to focus on their core business while turning to partners to find smarter, more efficient ways to design, operate and service their equipment and processes. Services and tools that can help them address things such as utilization rates, maintenance planning and spares management in order to lower costs are all being looked at by our clients.
Q3: You recently launched a new digital solution, Metso Metrics Services at Conexpo 2017 in Las Vegas. Can you explain what exactly it is?
Metso Metrics Services is a remote monitoring and reporting system that gives our aggregate producing customers access to key operational metrics and data. It allows utilization rates, production levels, maintenance plans and fuel consumption for mobile equipment to all be accessible from any location by authorized personnel. The solution also helps track the location of a single unit or an entire fleet wherever they are located. Time stamped alarm notifications and maintenance planning and logging capabilities are also built in. Through access to the right information at the right time, a producer supported by advice from Metso can maximize equipment utilization and minimize maintenance related costs so that they can achieve their business goals.