Ashutosh Roul Sr. Manager – Mines, National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO)


Increased global competition in the mining sector and challenges associated with improving productivity and increased operational complexity dictate that operations must maintain their competitive advantage and the optimum use of material, machine and money ensured. An efficient and reliable on-line Tracking and Production Monitoring system is essential for efficient operation. This paper describes application of a Truck Dispatch System at Highly Mechanized Bauxite Mines of NALCO. Truck Dispatch System is based on the GPS technology. Being an opencast mine, GPS was the ideal solution to track location of each Dumper, Excavator and other HEMM inside the pit. Real time location (latitude / longitude) of each mobile equipment is transmitted periodically over UHF Telemetry Data Link from mobile equipment to the On-line Server situated at the Quarry Control Room. Besides this, the implementation of the TDS has improved operations so that, the HEMM Operator are capable of having better interaction with real time mining process and provide more value added information which in turn assists better production monitoring system.