FPInnovations has launched an onboard computer for forestry trucks called FPDat Transport that allows users to better track forest transport operations. The system was recently officially added to the list of FPSuite products geared to harvesting operations (FPDat Harvesting) and road maintenance (FPDat Grader).
FPDat Transport records electronic control module (ECM) data and the GPS position. Data are then sent through a cellular network to a centralized web platform (FPTrak) where various reports can be viewed.
“Generally speaking, we can quickly follow up our transport operations and get comprehensive statistics. The data enable us to respond promptly,” explained Julien Pedneault, the operational efficiency coordinator at Resolute Forest Products in the Lac St-Jean region, which has purchased the technology.
The data acquisition module is very compact and simple to install. It allows users to gather critical information such as truck position and speed, fuel consumption, driver identity, engine speed ranges, and so forth.
This information makes it possible to generate various reports which are very useful to forest transport managers. The summary trucking report includes engine idle and travel times, speeds and distances travelled, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. It helps to identify what key elements need to be improved. A geozone-based report provides data on specific locations where trucks pass (e.g. bridges, villages, load control areas). Lastly, cycle time reports are also very useful for identifying problem areas, knowing the real time for transport cycles and comparing estimated and paid work hours. All these reports can be sent automatically by e-mail. They can also be exported in Excel or PDF format.
“Although data are available in FPTrak, the main appeal of the platform is to be able to provide automatic reports, which makes it easier to disseminate data internally and share information with our shippers,” added Mr. Pedneault.
The tool’s advantages therefore include the validation of cycle times and hourly rates, increased safety due to the control of excess speed and mandatory stops, and better accessibility to operational data, which allows improvements to be made.
“Presenting all information in one place makes it easier to consult it and get an overview of operations,” explained Martin Castonguay, FPSuite product manager. “It improves work coordination, response time and addresses many unforeseen situations that can happen in a forest.”
The FPDat system is sold throughout Canada by a network of knowledgeable distributors who can count on FPInnovations’s support.
You can get additional information about FPDat Transport from Martin Castonguay.