Loadscan’s first off-the-grid solar-powered Load Volume Scanner (LVS) system is reportedly proving successful at Teranga Gold’s Sabodala mine in Senegal.

           Loadscan’s LVS system at Teranga’s Sabodala mine.

The LVS system utilises laser scanning and RFID technologies combined with software that creates 3D model images of trucks to measure the exact volume of the material loaded in a truck or trailer bin.

The solar system generates power during the day and charges a battery pack that powers the scanner throughout the night. It has an option to connect to mains power or a generator to power and recharge the batteries if the solar generation is not enough to keep them topped up. To date, it has been completely self-sufficient: running off-grid with all power coming from the solar system. The trucks have RFID tags so that they automatically get identified by the LVS system.

Carey West, MD of Loadscan, said, “It was an interesting and fulfilling project configuring the solar system to Teranga Gold’s requirements. It was a first for the team at Loadscan, and we’re proud to have produced a fully portable, self-contained solar system that has proven to deliver power and keep the LVS system working 24-hours a day without interruption.

“The LVS system was out in a remote location. With the nearest power 1,5 km away, the power cables would have needed to be trenched underground and would have been costly to install. With the Loadscan solar system in operation, the mine site did not need to trench power cables out to the scanner or need to run a generator every day where maintenance and constant refuelling would have become expensive and unreliable.”

The scanner is connected to the main office by point-to-point wi-fi. The data from the scanner is transferred directly back to the office via the wi-fi system where staff use Loadscan’s Overview reporting software.

Loadscan’s LVS-3TMM is a fast and fully mobile truck measurement and load scanning solution. According to Loadscan, a New Zealand-headquartered company, the self-contained mobile truck measurement system can be driven to site and be setup and operational in as little as 45 minutes.

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