Train Loadout Solution

iLoadout – tlo process optimization and automation

iLoadout is a radar based control solution for Train Loadout Systems (TLO).
It enables process optimization, automation and inventory control, while
decreasing expenses, spillage and material deviation.

Train speed measurement

Radar based speed measurement for the rail stock. indurad´s speed measurement has a higher reliability, accuracy and less latency than optical, mechanical or track switch systems.

Volumetric & inventory control

The loading profile is generated by radar sensors on the outgo gate. This allows for determining the loaded volume and the loading deviation between rail cars.

Loading bias

Several radar sensors on the outgo gate measure the loading profile. Based on car type and loading profile, the front and rear material freeboard (horizontal distance of material to wagon edge) is calculated. This allows for optimizing material load distribution and increasing loaded volume.

Open door detection

The iLoadout bottom dump open door detection feature is based on high precision iLDR technology. It identifies cars with open doors before they enter the TLO and helps to prevent spillage and loading losses. This reduces the downtime for open doors.

Solution Modules

Compressed or wet material gets stuck in corners and on the bottom of wagons. With an iSDR sensor it is possible to determine the location of residual material.

An iLDR sensor on the ingo gate maps the profile of each rail stock. The classification can be used to determine a preset for loading a certain type of car and locomotive detection. The car type is identified by its shape, which means it is not required to have working RFID tags on the cars. RFID tags tend to struggle with the harsh mining environment and get damaged and become unreadable. The height information from the iLDR sensor for rail stock classification is also used to prevent collisions of rail stock with loading chutes or gates.

indurad OCR cameras record all alphanumerical ID information on rail cars to identify the car. All data is stored in a solution database for post-process analysis.

Typically, one pair of iLDR sensors is located at the ingo and outgo side of the TLO. They measure the incoming and outgoing height of rail cars. This allows for adjusting the chute to the optimal loading height and calculating spring distortion when fully loaded.

The iLoadout solution identifies the car type and determines the material distribution in the car. It is able to use this information to calculate the front and rear freeboard and the angle of repose of the material. The TLO’s automation system can utilize the provided information to adjust chute timing to maximize loading efficiency.

indurad’s iLoadout solution is able to provide 3D renderings of the loaded ore cars to any PC or surveillance camera system. All calculated values are available via all standard data communication protocols for SCADA integration. A detailed loading performance analysis can be done with the combined data of the indurad solution and SCADA tools.

All indurad solutions can be combined to create the optimal solution for the given use case. Adding an indurad iBelt solution for volume flow calculation on the feeder belt and using an existing belt scale allows calculating the live density of the feed. Knowing the live density allows to adjust the chute timing and reduce loading deviation.

Traditional car positioning is based on PE-cells, which struggle with the mining environment and require regular maintenance. Sunlight and dust have negative influence on the precision of the cells. During maintenance work cells get moved or removed, further reducing the usefulness of the system. indurad solves this issue by using fixed iLDR sensors for rail car positioning and gap detection. They are mounted outside the line of fire, are not influenced by the environment and are thus maintenance free.

Benefits

Australian iron ore mine

33.3%

Increased Train Load Speed

37.8%

Decreased Deviation

Load out system in brazil

33.0%

Increased Train Load Speed

2.4 t

Increased Tonnage per Rail Car

Maintenance free operation

Reduced downtime events

Less spillage in tunnels and loadout stations

Contact-free bi-directional car speed control at all velocities

Reduced loading deviation

Load higher number of rail cars per hour

Reliable under all conditions (dust, fog, steam, etc.)

Compatible with other indurad solutions