Eliminating Unnecessary Downtime in Directional Drilling Applications
Directional drilling units that carry water drums to underground drilling sites.
2021 International HV607's
The problem we needed to solve
How to reduce downtime and increase productivity of directional drilling units
The Customer came to us looking for a solution to reduce operational downtime in their directional drilling applications. These vehicles, used for telecom, utilities, and other underground drilling projects, require large bins of water to be stored in the vehicle’s rear facility. To work effectively, the water in these bins must remain at a specific temperature. The problem that The Customer was experiencing was that without automated climate management for the rear facility, the water would freeze. This forced the operators to empty the bins and refill them before heading to the job site. This loss of productivity incurred a whopping cost of ~$19,000 for every hour this vehicle was late to the job site.
By using a high-capacity, intelligently programmable PROHEAT X30 diesel-fired heater, we're able to maintain rear-facility climate monitoring and management so that water drums are always at their required temperature to operate and never freeze.
Utilizing the GRIP Idle Management System to monitor, manage, and control the vehicle's ignition and the auxiliary diesel-fired heater allows for the ability to autonomously maintain the rear-facility temperature.
Shore Power Integrated
The GRIP Idle Management System integrates directly into shore power, ensuring that the vehicle is monitored, data is collected, and that the vehicle maintains climate without ever starting the engine while plugged into shore power.
With every GRIP install comes an installation and troubleshooting manual in addition to an operator guide. In order to ensure organizational success, The Client was provided thorough, guided learning through GRIP's online Learning & Training Center.
How we solved it
A smart, autonomous pre-heating monitoring & management solution
As a response to The Client's need, we developed a unique solution that allowed for the GRIP Idle Management System to autonomously monitor the vehicle and rear-facility's temperature and trigger a heat source from the diesel-fired heater when the temperature levels neared a predetermined threshold. This also created a more sustainable solution for The Client to reduce their emissions and extend the life of their vehicle and equipment components.
To achieve such a robust and versatile solution for The Client, we engineered and implemented a solution using the following technologies.
GRIP IDle Management System
Proheat X30 Diesel-Fired heater
31-Series AGM Batteries
GRIP Temperature Sensor Kit
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