The advanced technology of the Vermeer Surface Miner

In our ever-changing world, one of the things you can always rely on is technology. We can do things today that we couldn’t do 10 years ago with our evolving and improving technology, and the next 10 years will lead to more continuous improvements. The technology on the Surface miner Vermeer has also changed drastically. What was once a wish list has now become a reality.

These technological advances have enabled the Vermeer Surface Miner to integrate features such as real-time machine data, GPS technology and a full-function remote control, each helping to maximize operator efficiency and jobsite productivity. Here’s a breakdown of the three features.

REAL-TIME MACHINE DATA

SmartTEC performance software helps operators monitor machine functions to maximize production and access real-time data. The software features a clear dashboard that displays the status of the most critical elements of machine performance and gives you visual cues to increase ground drive or attachment speed to maximize production of your machine.

In addition to this software, Vermeer Telematics allows the Vermeer dealer, customers and owners to remotely monitor and record machine information, performance prompts, maintenance codes and machine diagnostics for future analysis.

“The Vermeer Telematics tool gives you access to real-time mobile machine monitoring and reporting around the clock,” said Mike Selover, Mining Sales Manager, Vermeer.

With this data, you have full control of the tools you need to be as efficient as possible on your jobsite.

GPS TECHNOLOGY

The Vermeer Surface Miner can also be equipped with AutoSteer, when paired with GPS control. This GPS technology can be used when following a programmed GPS mining plan, allowing the machine to automatically steer straight sections of the GPS mining plan. This minimizes operator steps and is the most efficient way to operate a Vermeer Surface Miner.

It also helps minimize operator error and directional corrections, ensures consistent minimum overlap of each pass, and maximizes drum cutting efficiency.

“The operator must manually rotate the Vermeer Surface Miner after each pass, and once back in the GPS-programmed straight cut plane, AutoSteer will cut the programmed mine plane until the end of the straight section,” said explained Selover. “Then the operator will be hired again to run the machine. This can maximize your tons per hour and optimize your cost per ton.”

COMPLETE REMOTE CONTROL

Then there’s the optional full-function remote control. This allows you to operate the machine remotely in person and control the attachment for certain jobsite conditions in surface mining, site preparation, and road or pipeline construction.

“The remote control can be especially useful when working near a high wall, water hazard, or when loading and unloading onto a trailer,” Selover said.

Put these three features together and you have a surface miner equipped with state-of-the-art technology for the mine site. Get real-time machine data, use GPS technology to increase your efficiency, and enjoy full remote control when you need it most. It’s the the future of surface mining and the achievement of several technological advances applied to the mining industry.

Who knows where the next 10 years of technology will take us, but what we do know is that it will continue to change and make jobsites productive and efficient.

For more information on the The Terrain Leveler® (SEM) surface excavation machine and its features, contact your local dealer today.

Vermeer Corporation reserves the right to make engineering, design, and specification changes; add enhancements; or discontinue manufacture at any time without notice or obligation. Equipment shown is for illustrative purposes only and may display optional accessories or components specific to their global region. Please contact your local Vermeer dealer for more information on machine specifications.

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