FREEDOM is a flexible open-architecture platform that brings new life to existing equipment by replacing proprietary OEM control components. This upgrade enables the use of commercially available off-the-shelf products, improves machine monitoring and expedites troubleshooting through a common and intuitive graphical interface. The FREEDOM platform has been developed for draglines, drills, haul trucks, shovels and underground coal transporters, resulting in higher production and lower maintenance.
The FREEDOM for draglines control system enables the installation of third-party motors, including FLANDERS’ motors and generators, resulting in quicker cycle times and increased availability.
FREEDOM for Drills, ARDVARC, is a drill control system that offers various levels of autonomy as well as data on blasthole positioning, drilling conditions and machine operation. FREEDOM for Haul Trucks extends the life of an existing haul truck by eliminating DC motors and replacing with new AC motors and controls. These improvements provide reduced maintenance and up to 30% higher max speeds, resulting in increased production.
FREEDOM for Shovels lowers cost per tonne by utilising FLANDERS motors and smart systems to deliver increased productivity up to 24%, while FREEDOM for Underground Coal Transporters offers increased motor reliability and better performance. Additionally, FLANDERS’ software configurable non-contact conveyor and foot switches eliminate the need for mechanical adjustments.
FLANDERS’ new INVISION platform is an inspection based predictive and preventative maintenance solution. It provides insight into a machine’s health by using complex algorithms to define the remaining life of components, limit downtime, control costs and minimise safety and environmental risks, while achieving maximum productivity.
Analysed data is visible to all levels of an organisation as displayed through a colour-coded visual health presentation. Same day results allow maintenance personnel to quickly prioritise and schedule maintenance activities.