Michelin updates TPMS for mining applications

June 17, 2015

Groupe Michelin is updating its integrated tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) for mining operations. The Michelin EarthMover Management System (MEMS) Evolution3 offers mining operators a fully communicating tire.

Given the extreme conditions of use, Michelin says sensor reliability is paramount in the trust that mining operators place in the system. Michelin designed the sensors and analytical software itself, and is offering two sensor models: conventional sensors and sensors for water-ballasted tires with additives, isolated in a capsule filled with an inert liquid.

Michelin touts these benefits for the MEMS Evolution3:

  • Monitoring of each tire through a unique identifier, which allows analysis throughout its entire life to improve performance in the mine.
  • Real time data recording, allowing reactive monitoring of alarms.
  • Connection and data transfer via 3G or Ethernet.
  • Sending of multichannel real-time alerts.

Michelin MEMS Evolution3 provides immediate operational gains for surface mine operators. Thanks to their ongoing connectivity to the system, tires equipped with MEMS Evolution3 are able to continuously inform operators about their temperature and pressure conditions. Thus, slow pressure losses are detected and downtime can be anticipated and avoided. Temperature increases are reported, which allows operators to change itineraries in real time. If needed, maintenance operations are also more easily foreseen. The effective running time of the trucks is thus increased.

Michelin has provided MEMS Evolution3 with a complete range of services: MEMS engineers are present in geographical areas where equipped machinery operates. MEMS Evolution3 enables mine operators to enter a virtuous circle: increase safety, increase the life of the tires, reduce costs and increase mine productivity.

For more information, visit www.michelinearthmover.com.