-excerpted from Maintenance feature The Urge for Uptime
TAFE Queensland, the State’s largest and most experienced provider of vocation education and training, along with DINGO, the leading Queensland-based asset health software company, have announced a partnership which will give students the opportunity to use DINGO predictive maintenance software to monitor, analyse and conduct repairs on automotive assets, including mining machinery, within an interactive and live classroom environment.
DINGO says it “blends expertise with proven technology to help mining and other customers implement proactive condition management programs that focus on maintaining the health of their equipment.” Currently managing over A$7 billion worth of assets, they have saved customers over A$300 million by helping them implement a systematic approach for managing the health of their assets.
General Manager of TAFE Queensland SkillsTech Mary Campbell said the introduction of DINGO software in the classroom will allow students to gain an understanding and knowledge of an innovative model that provides a proactive approach to asset maintenance. The software will be introduced into the curriculum of DINGO’s Heavy Vehicle apprentice students in 2017 with plans for further inclusion among other apprenticeship and higher education programs.
The sophisticated predictive maintenance software is able to collect and monitor data received from the equipment, operators and third party vendors. The software then uses data analysis to quickly identify the corrective work necessary to keep assets healthy, thereby reducing the costs and improving productivity. The software will provide students with experience in condition monitoring and allow them to work towards a more informed future as a technician, including those aiming to work in mining maintenance roles.
“This partnership will not only provide benefits to TAFE Queensland’s local students but also the vast network of students globally including Latin America, India, Indonesia, and the Pacific region”, said Campbell, regions where many of the world’s most important mines are located.
CEO of DINGO, Paul Higgins said that equipping the next generation of skilled technicians with the tools and expertise they need in the fast changing world of Big Data and predictive analytics is core to the mission of both DINGO and TAFE Queensland. “With DINGO software fast becoming an industry leader in the predictive maintenance field, this partnership not only allows TAFE Queensland to deliver the latest developments in technology but provides its students with a competitive edge within a demanding industry.”